The country side is all I had imagined, and it looks just like I remember it, only in the last throws of summer. The corn is high and golden brown in the fields and the sunflowers have bowed their giant heads in defeat of fall. I couldn't count how many vineyards I saw and I look forward to sampling the labour of their harvests soon!
I had to switch trains at the Chiusi station and as I disembarked I learned that the next train was in 1.5 hours and not the 20 mins I had expected. Oh Sundays how you mess with my schedule. I figure out where I needed to be and sat down for the wait... And then the rain came. It poured! I made my way into the cafe to get a sandwich and a hot cup of chocolate - the chocolate was more like warm pudding - who does that to hot chocolate? Back up to the platform to wait... I was the only one standing there save a kid of 17ish who insisted on playing his techno and dancing... Oh Italia, how awesome you are! Good thing he was there as suddenly they changed platforms for the train an he told me to get moving - we made the train barely - and we're off! This train was obviously the milk run, but I didn't mind as I got to see the amazing landscape and quaint towns that I imagine visiting over the course of the next few months.
Despite the long day of waiting and the cold and wet weather, this goofy grin is still on my face - you can't brig this traveller down! :)