Monday, October 09, 2006
Miracle At Assisi
Crooning on my STEREO: Muneca de Trapo by LA OREJA DE VAN GOGH
BENVENUTO A ASSISI
Well obviously I got back safe and sound. Despite the miserable amount of Italian I speak, I managed to hop on the right busses and to pinpoint the right pilgrim route to reach the Basilica of St Francis. Even the granny pilgrims climbed the hill faster than I did...
The entrance of the basilica. It's on the slope y'see, and I tempted to perform a little dance to see if anyone would notice me.
(I can't be arsed to edit and photoshop the photographs as most arty farty travel geeks would do. Therefore so you'll have to bear with the purest form of naturalism in my photgraphy.... )
Monks leaving their classes. I was tempted to hand them some happy-hour-pub-flyers. I wonder if they will be quite fun to party with.
The great Umbrian view from the fortress. I am beginning to believe that I will be constantly climbing hills for the rest of my Italian stint.
Then I walked into a medieval knight who was more depressed than I am. Even his horse was pretty down, too. A happy-hour-pub-flyer for him!
Two miracles took place here. My good friend Francis (who later became the patron saint of Italy) was born on this very spot. Secondly, my prayer was answered almost immediately after I made a silent prayer in the chapel.
My prayer was simple: I NEEDED A TOILET.
Yes. Like a true pilgrim I had walked the the entire village of Assisi with a loaded bowel. THERE WERE NO TOILETS ALONG THE PILGRIM ROUTE
When my bowel was about to leak I desperately wailed before the altar, and someone up there had instant mercy on me. :)
A stray toilet appeared miraculously just outside the chapel.
Every good occurance had its payback. It started to rain. I found a shelter in a nativity house next to an obscure crypt. For once I felt quite tall. (I might have knocked down a few of the figurines though...)
This man felt sorry for me because I looked foreign and alone. Then again, I AM FOREIGN AND ALONE. I told him that there is nothing to feel sorry about.......
*Being alone is better than getting stalked*
Then again it is easier stalk someone who is alone, right?
To numb this fear I need marijuana. God, how I miss Amsterdam.
Explains why I have been indoors so much lately. I will tell you about the Russian stalker. Soon.