11.04.2016 - 11.04.2016
Monday April 11th flixbus, Megabus, and the train all failed me they either didn't go from Milano to Lucca today, or we're asking more money than I was willing to spend so I used BlahBlahCar.com. It's available throughout Europe, and is in America but isn't as well known there. A gentleman was going from Milano to Viareggio. Viareggio is on the coast a quick like 20 minute train ride from Lucca so it was perfect for me.
When I got to Lucca it was around noon, and Kay a friend of my host mom, who I was staying with while there wouldn't be home from work till 7ish. This means that me and my rolling overnight bag had all afternoon to explore. I walked from the train station to the old part of Lucca which took literally like 5 minutes, and spent the rest of the afternoon exploring. I stopped for lunch, wondered around the entire city within the walls at least, and wandering around on top of the walls part of the time as well. Pretty sure I saw pretty much everything that was worth it to see within the walls in those 7 hours. A place any visitor needs to see is the Anfiteatro Romano, which is famous because it's basically a oval shaped Piazza. There are four tunnels leading from the street to the center of the Piazza and they go through the first floor of the buildings because the buildings themselves make a complete oval. This is a nice place to stop late afternoon for a piece of chocolate cake and a glass of local wine, always drink local wine when you are in Italy.
Eventually she got home from work I found the house she showed me around and then she introduced me to her youngest son. Her older son came home with her husband later we all had dinner and then we all called it a night. Kay speaks no English but her husband does and their boys speak a little. The older boy speaks an OK amount, the youngest one can tell me I speak little English and then count to 10 but he leaves out number 8. I was with them for 4 days, well let's say two and half and not count the days I arrived, and departed. The entire time her son kept repeating his numbers to me and no matter how much I tried to correct him the number 8 never made it into the count it was adorable.