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|From: "Bron Gondwana" <email@example.com>|
Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2002 04:22:53 +1000 (EST)
Caught a bus to the train station after breakfast (going to Florence for the day), only to discover we'd missed a train by about 10 minutes, and the next was in 2 hours. Caught a bus back around to the Uni and then to another net cafe (one we used before was shut today) and discovered that Select had finally paid Kate. Yay!!! Now we can afford the rest of the holiday (just). In Florence, the hostel was really crap (still) and wouldn't even let us pay for beds for the next day. Everything is one day at a time, and you have to be there before 10am to get a bed. Decided we didn't like them anyway. The cathedral was fantastic from the outside.. a little busy inside though. A little busy really describes the whole city. Kate and Tiff were there in winter last time and loved it, as did Felicity when she visited. On the other hand, Owen and Tanya didn't like it - in summer. We understand why now, it was very busy and polluted. Yuck. Spent the rest of the afternoon in the Galleria dell'Academia - the musical instruments were great, Stradivarius violins, violas and cellos. One macho guy was using the hand rubbing bell thing and filling the place with lots of noise while he showed off (it used friction with water to make noise). David was very statuey, and being photographed at an amazing rate (one flash every second or so) despite the no photography signs. Very rude (so I took one too). Lots of other pretty paintings. Train station sucked, no info on which platform our train was on until it was about to leave, and everyone who already knew had taken the good seats. Kate's diary says good me for yummy dinner (cooked)!
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