I had very little time to enjoy the house and it was back on the road again, the place where i spent the most of this 2017. And I’m not in either of those places anymore… Writing from Tel Aviv. But that’s another post.
This time around I did not rent. I felt like driving my own car, and thoroughly enjoyed it, I must say. Even without the speed control, the little-to-no care of driving a rental, the park-where-I-feel-like type of approach, I missed my good old focus and hopefully will get her on the road as soon as I get another chance.
With that said, it hasn’t been too bad being away from home as I think. The hotels are decent and I get to see cool places. I would like to spend some more time and get to know Rome better. It’ll come…
This last hotel in Foggia, i knew what i was getting into. Some kind of Shining deal… but it’s comfortable and peaceful. Maybe a little too much.
And the restaurant sucks.
Last morning.. go to work, drive 4 hours home with a pit stop at home to surprise my parents, and off back to Rome with one night stop at home. Next morning, afternoon flight to Tel Aviv.
Notes: All S7 again. I’m shooting Tri-X@800 with the Olympus XA but I have a huge backlog of film to develop. I sent the rolls of color to the lab and will pick them up next week, so more film to come. For now just cell 😦 i did learn through these posts that the cell phone editor is fine but not phenomenal. Tried one picture with Snapseed and liked it much more, so I will stick to that going forward.
Woke up to an early start on thursday. Some work, some last minute shopping and the honorable Napoli defeat at the hands of the Real Madrid.
Left the room around noon and headed to the airport. Had lunch in the Etihad Lounge, which was surprisingly good.
Onto my first flight. 14 hours.
Landed late in Abu Dhabi, looking forward to the second leg which will lead me home. This second flight was pretty rough with a lot of turbulence. Hard time… last 7 hours but i really just wanted to be home by this time.
Last portion of the trip, train ride back home.
Looks like home. Even though I just moved here.
I’ll write more on this trip soon. Now i’m jet lagged and woke up at 4 am. Going to put a video together to share with Francesca including all the pictures of this post.
Woke up decently late, but just in time to not win at the raffle this morning. This was twice today… I’m a dumbass. I’ll be losing the next three days as well.
Anyway…. Mid-morning i headed down in St. Kilda for the festival. I took a lot a pictures. I actually have shot two rolls in the last two days, which in these dry times is actually really awesome. I’ll have quite a lot to develop when i get back home.
I can’t wait to get back home… this is getting heavy. Melbourne is cool, but 20 days is a long time. If this were an assignment, i’d be all over it. But i have my new house waiting back home. And most of all my girlfriend, who i can’t wait to see.
Thought this was kinda cool.
Harikrishna on the way back. It appears i run into them pretty much every business trip lately. Is this a message? They look cool and they have a great time. I might join them next time. But today, i was just happy to shoot pictures.
Got a run in this morning and some improvements are starting to show. The run around the park was just a few minutes faster, but the up the hill portion i was able to go through with less fatigue. I’d still love to be able to run with someone to push me, but this time the Tron soundtrack by Daft Punk was good enough.
Ran into some youngsters playing… a local sport i can’t remember.
I was expecting to be able to get a couple of rolls of RPX in that slick 2-roll cartridge. Unfortunately they were out, so i went to the next shop and after chatting a little with the guy behind the counter he gave me a discount to try out the Japan Camera Hunter film.
Film is really expensive down under.. it’s usually 18+ dollars, (roughly 13 euros.
So after walking around taking pictures i went by the Yarra river and stopped again at Riverland where they have the awesome Californicator IPA.
Two beers later i was ready for my nap. Woke up to so i could lose another raffle for the book of mormon tickets, and then headed north to Lygon St.
Astor hotel below, same name of my usual hotel in Frosinone. This one looks way nicer.
Finished off my night after a pretty bad dinner at a thai restaurant on Lygon.
Tomorrow i try the raffle again. Twice. Once at 11 the other at 5. Wish me luck…