What to write about Trieste
So I spent a few days in Trieste with my family and Marc's family. It was great fun to get to know each other on this more personal basis. The trip itself was mixed with some mishaps, an almost car breakdown that turned out to be a blessing and generally... stuff. I'm really not sure how I could write about it all here. Maybe a summary in a few words would be: Although we felt stressed and somethings went not too well at the time,. in hindsight we had a really great time :) You could maybe call it a challenge that worked out really well.
And this trip was special in another way too: it was the first real test for my 'extended family' to do something together (three adults and two kids), to see if we can actually share and enjoy the responsibilities and time together as a larger than normal family. All in all that went very smooth I think. There will always be personal problems, grumpiness, stress related moods... but it's always more important how the family deals with it anyway. We did good there.
So ok, maybe I'll just give a quick list of impressions:
- it was HOT and SUNNY
- We had air condidtioning in out appartment!
- Our car sort of broke down on the trup to Trieste (it seems the turbo charger went bad) so there was a 'bit' of anxiety at the beginning of the vacation about that.
- With the car being away at the 'repair' shop, we avoided quite extreme parking costs! If we'd had the car around we would have had to deal with updating the parking tickets once every two hours during the day etc.
- I had expected to work most of the time in Trieste, but it wasn't practical for me to get online at all there (Marc and I would have had to share a cell phone modem card, between PC/May no less)
- So I got to actually lay back all the time and just be daddy and friend and get a lot of Vitamin D pumping :) I don't think I have had that much sin in all the last years counted together...
- We were at the beach most of the afternoons. This was great fun for all the kids, and a lot of organisation and schlepping of stuff for the adults. Once we learned to pull back a bit and focus more on actual relaxation we all had a good time.
- I spent some hours with Rapgael just watching cartoons on italian TV. You don't realize how strange good old "Captain America" can be if it'S in Italian langiage. Esp if you consider the time and setting those old Marvel cartoons are set in... WWII if I am not mistaken. I do think that Capt. America speaking Italian and being an Italian good guy is a bit of a strange thing really ;) Not sure if you will follow my reasoning ;)
- Ah, yes. I realized once again that 'location' really does matter much to me personaly. While one would expect me to be interested in Trieste as such, which I am to a degree, I was much more interested in the features, athomsphere and happenings of where I was that actually the *where*. It could have been anywhere really. The sunm the beach, and most importantly the people I was there with. That'S what counts for me. The place really is only the setting. I wouldn't go to Trieste because it was *Trieste*. If Marc had been somewhere else, and I could have gone there withe the people I went with, that would have been the same thing to me.
So here it is. The stream of mind Trieste report, one day after. Not structured, but I guess it will make sense to a small number of people. I hope the rest who have read this far got something out of it anyway ;)
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