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Report 472: Back to Uni to Learn Italian - A Month in Perugia

By Pamela R from Sydney, Australia, Fall 1998

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Page 30 of 31: Wednesday 30th September

Our last day in Perugia and there was much to be done. The first item on the agenda was to help Bernadette and Bob up to the bus stop with their bags at 7 a.m. Even though we’d insisted on doing this, we found the incredibly independent Bob had managed to get one bag downstairs before we heard anything, and before the agreed time! Nevertheless we assisted with the rest and it was not a difficult job for the four of us to get up to the Piazza.

We saw them onto the bus and with a wave they were off on their next adventure – first to Rome, then to Turkey with their daughter and family, and then to Avignon. What we didn’t realise was that they were also going to Paris – but that’s another story, another diary entry.

We did a final check for messages at the Internet Centre and rang Rome to book for our five nights at Panda, having decided that we weren’t going to find anything cheaper unless we trudged the streets when we got there, and we didn’t plan to do it that way – a very good decision as it turned out.

We bought a few last supplies at Standa, and then went again to CIT, where a different, less helpful guy let us look through some old lists. We made a few notes but they were mostly in the ‘too expensive’ category. Next we stopped for a gelato (a bit disappointing as it was rather too soft) and took one last look at the view from the Giardini Carducci but it was still too misty for a photo – we didn’t manage to get a photo of it in the whole month!

Having promised ourselves one special meal while in Perugia, and having accepted that it wouldn’t now be at the ‘plate’ restaurant, we decided we’d have lunch today at Ristorante del Sole. The view was superb – the restaurant is perched on the edge of the Perugia hillside and looks straight across the valley to Assisi, clearly visible. We had a window table, the food was excellent, and the service was friendly and efficient. In fact it was a very pleasant experience and a perfect final reminder of the wonderful time we’d had in Perugia. [Pamela – antipasto verdura, and piccione; Peter – bresaola con rucola, and cinghiale]

Returning to the apartments, we said our farewells to Krystyna and Angela and Peter then it was time to start packing in readiness for our departure in the morning. After fitting everything back into our cases and generally cleaning up, we were ready for the final gathering with the remaining group. Pamela (Due), Suzanna and Ellie came in and helped us finish off our drinks and nibbles, then we launched ourselves towards Etrusca where we shared a long table at the far end of the restaurant.

We were now down to 11 – Joananne and Joyce, Debbie and Roland, Pam and Gary, Suzanna, Pamela, Ellie and ourselves. Around a long table laden with pizzas, we were able to laugh and sing and generally be a bit rowdy. We’d exchanged addresses and discussed our further itineraries and we suddenly realised that things would never be quite the same again. This special month of discovery and camaraderie was one that we’d all remember forever.

Eventually we all rolled back home, where we continued on for a while longer in Debbie and Roland’s apartment before our last sleep in Via della Pergola.

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