Tis Returns to Italy! Day 40: Living Like a Local in Lucca

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Home Cooked Meal in Lucca, Tuscany
Home Cooked Meal in Lucca, Tuscany

Lisa of Tis Travels is on a three-month journey through Italy, exploring, eating, and living like an Italian. Follow along on “Tis Travels” on Facebook and Instagram!

Things have started to feel different here in Italy. I go about my days, running my errands, doing my shopping in the markets, and having a drink in the evenings, all in Italian. At first, as I was visiting many new places, it still felt a bit like a vacation. Now, I am back “home” in Lucca and it feels very normal. 

Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way trying to replicate an “Eat Pray Love” experience. I am still looking forward to indulging myself the entire trip but some moderation is in order. However, you should not expect me to check into an ashram anytime soon. I don’t much enjoy feelings anyway, so spending hours on a hard, cold floor trying to get in touch with them is not going to happen. 

Yoga with a View in Lucca, Tuscany
Yoga with a View in Lucca, Tuscany

Today, as the tourists filed in and out of the piazza below my window, taking photos and dining in restaurants on overpriced food, I worked. At some point, I pulled out my yoga mat. I propped my iPad up in the floor-to-ceiling window with a view to the action below and started a class. Afterward, I cooked my dinner, as I try to eat healthier and avoid some of the indulgences of the first month here. It feels like I’d achieved the type of experience I was trying to have on this trip. It feels wonderful.

Today and tomorrow’s updates will be a bit more “normal” as I prepare for my trip to Milan mid-week for the Italy vs. Spain football game! Because the individual states in the US cannot be bothered to coordinate efforts and create a digital vaccination pass that other countries can link to their systems, my paper vaccination card is not acceptable at the game. Therefore, I get to have that swab shoved up into my brain again tomorrow in order to get a 48-hour EU Digital Pass. At least I was able to easily walk into a local pharmacy and communicate with the pharmacist to get my test scheduled. That will pass for normal for now.  🙂 

Ciao for now!


Lisa Tisdale

Lisa Tisdale has traveled all over the world, writing about her experiences and making local contacts. She recently completed a three-month trip through Italy, exploring her favorite country’s food, wine, and sites, and making new friends!

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