Sienna - Sinalunga
19.08.2010 - 19.08.2010 33 °C
I got up and realised that time was closing for when the bus would arrive. I managed to squeeze in a quick shower, packed my gear and headed for the door. I had hardly finished the goodbye note to the Canadian couple who had joined us yesterday when the bus turned up. I slipped the note under their dorm door and ran out the front door. Charleson was on the bus already and held it for me. I took the bus with Charleson into La Spezia. Thankfully an older lady on the bus asked us in Italian where we were going and we tried to explain where we were going by saying "choo choo". She started getting very exited and signalling to the doors. Then she got up and rang the stop bell. The bus stopped and she signalled for us to get off. We thanked her and headed in the general direction she pointed toward. Five minutes later we were at the train station. I realised that I needed to change some money so I headed to the information office in the train station and waited in line while Charleson got his ticket. Eventually, and I mean eventually, my turn came... and I couldn't hear a word the woman was saying because the speaker seemed to be playing up. We realised that there was another tourisim office nearby so we headed over to it. Long story short. I managed to find a bank machine, get my cash, say goodbye to Charleson, buy my ticket and a mars bar before catching the next train with no time to spare. At the next stop I mangaed to fit a toilet break in before the next train arrived. At the next stop I purchased another chocolate bar and bottle of water before my next train and finally, at about three in the afternoon I arrived into Sienna. I hopped off and grabbed a real lunch. I called my host Ugo and was advised that it was too hot, i.e. seista time, for him to pick me up from Sinalunga so I headed into Sienna for a couple of hours.
I headed into the main square and then went to the Duomo. It is the most awesome church I have seen yet. The columns inside were mindblowing and art work painted on the floors, walls and ceilings were incredible! The heads of the popes along the top were cool too, even if they were the same three faces over and over again. My pictures cannot do it justice!
Eventually I caught a bus back to the train station and caught the next train to Sinalunga where Ugo was waiting for me. We headed to the supermarket and purchased some essentials including meat and wine. Then we headed to my temporary home.