Ritorno all'Eden ~ Back to Eden (Italiano & English)

Ero alzato di pronto. Andavo a piedi i tre isolati fino al garage, pausando per strada, per un caffè e brioche alla "bar degli artisti". Guidavo la macchina a casa e ho trovato un parking in centro di Via Abbruzzi. Ho tornato a casa e mi ho fatto una colazione e completato il mio pacco. Ho detto arrivederci alla padrona di casa e me ne sono andato. Sono andato da Milano alle otto. Era zero gradi. Guidavo al sud ovest verso Genova tra campi da neve: panorama bellissima. Mi sentava felicissimo, e io cantavo. Ho raggiunto tutti i miei obiettivi e di più a Milano e sono sopravissuto a due mese di scuola. Ora sono libero.

Dopo due ore ho fatto una sosta presso una stazione di serice. La temperatura era meno due. Tornato in strada ho raggiunto la strada costiera. Un’ora dopo, a Ceriale, ho deciso lasciare l'autostrada per vedere il mare. Sempre adoro il Mediterraneo. Mi sono seduto sotto un palmiero e ho mangiato una mela, mentra ascolavo le onde. Poi ho visitato un Lidl per comprare cibo per il pranzo.

Arrivato ad Alassio, la temperatura era più calda e ho deciso di pranzare in spiaggia. Ho trovato una panchina vicino alla spiaggia e stavo facendo un picnic quando ho visto un picolo albergo di fronte al mare. Mi sono avvicinato, ma era chiuso, ma più lontano ce n'era un altro. Ho entrato. Il brochure di albergo dice “Sulla bellisima spiaggia di Alassio… l’Hotel Eden è un angolo di paradiso dove coccolati da un calda atmosfera familiare.” Secondo me, è vero, un posto ottimo per il primero serata del mio viaggio.

I was up early and walked the three blocks to the garage, stopping along the way to pick up a coffee and croissant at the "Artist's Cafe". I drove the car to my place and found a place to park in the middle of Via Abbruzzi. I went back home,  had breakfast and finished the last bits of packing. I said goodbye to the landlady and was off. I left Milan at eight. It was zero degrees Celsius. I drove south west towards Genoa through fields of snow. It looked fantastic. I felt happy and was singing. I achieved all my goals, and more, in Milan, and survived two months at language school. Now I'm free.

After two hours I had a break at a motorway services. The temperature was minus two. Back on the road I made it to the coast road. An hour later, at Ceriale, I decided to leave the motorway in order to see the sea. I adore the Mediterranean. I sat under a palm tree and ate an apple while listening to the sound of the waves. Then I called in at a Lidl to buy some food for lunch.

By the time I got to Alassio it had warmed up a bit and I decided to take lunch on the beach. I found a bench on the prom and was having my picnic when I noticed a small hotel right on the waterfront. I went closer to see, but it was all shut up. However, there was another further along. I went in. The brochure says, "Situated on the lovely Alassio beach, the Eden Hotel is a little corner of paradise where you are cossetted in a family atmosphere." Well, it's true - just the place for the first night of my travels.

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Comment by Karin Verhaest on March 5, 2018 at 20:01

Very inspiring. What a great adventure - learning a new language in an immersive setting. One of my dreams as well. 

Comment by David Brazier on March 5, 2018 at 10:21

Yes, it is a very nice spot. I decided to stay an extra night.

Sì, è un posto bellissimo. Ho decidito restare una notte di più.

Comment by Carol English on March 5, 2018 at 5:12

It sounds just wonderful. I am glad your didn’t take the mountain route in this weather.  The Eastern seaboard of the US is having crazy weather also.  It isn’t just Europe.  Flooding and power outages everywhere.  Those with generators who foresaw this might happen are happier than those who were living in a bubble.  Maybe the next step is to equip homes and office buildings with life rafts for when the water gets really high.  Then we could send out reporters to interview the climate change deniers as they float down the street,past their homes, and out to sea.     

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