Visa trip to Florence
Getting my B1/B2 visa
From Monaco I caught a train to Italy heading towards Florence. Here I stayed for a week while waiting for my B1/B2 visa to be issued through the American embassy. Arriving at the train station, Dimos & Elena, a lovely Greek/Italian couple picked me up and I stayed with them in their apartment in central Florence. This was my first stay with an airbnb host and it was a pleasurable experience. We shared some breakfasts together, had great conversations and they invited me to join their dinner with friends. Dimos & Elena were very helpful during my stay and arranged for me to try a local gym and spa. There I tried a yoga class in Italian and picked up inspirare – expirare, as in breathing in and breathing out. Which was of course helpful. Had a super relaxing time in the sauna and jacuzzi as a little treat that rainy day.
As I had to stay a few days longer for my visa to be ready, I decided to try a hostel where I met Sarah, from Israel and Pasqualina, from Naples (who invited us to an Italian dinner with her local friends). Had some really lovely and heartful conversations with the girls, (which I really needed at that time), connected to myself a bit through them while strolling around in beautiful Florence with its old buildings. Also found a vegan restaurant, Dolce vegan, where I went a couple of times to enjoy some raw and vegan food. As I missed my mothers birthday dinner due to the Thanksgiving holiday at the American embassy I dressed up and participated through Skype. Not the same as being there live to give her a big hug. But worth the time.
As my visa was ready to be picked up I moved my way back to Stockholm by a slow train to Rome – (to enjoy the sceneries), and then by plane via Berlin. Brrr! It was cold getting back there in the late night. Treated myself with a big cup of mama’s herbal teas. Had a lay in and a day of laundry, rest and catch up before starting my temporary work at Café Opera, helping out friend Bea, by organizing their cloak room.