W have been looking forward to presenting my 200th post for some time, but I am forced to admit that I have been sorely neglecting my Website over the course of the past week or a little more. I have been having some computer issues and have spent a great part of five days on the phone and online with technicians (mostly in India) trying to resolve my problems; it appears that my only solution is uninstall and re-install my entire Windows 7 operating system. I have been assured that all my stored data will remain intact, but that I’ll have to re-install all of my software programs. I am not looking forward to this. Anyway, that’s why I’ve been out of touch. I’m very close, however, to authorizing this step, but before I do, I need to escape to another favorite place from my travels to help to take my mind off this issue that has been dominating most of my conscious thought . . .
Just a little over three years ago, I was on assignment in Italy and was able to spend a weekend at the edge of the South Tyrolean Alps, in the town of Bolzano (Bozen in German). As I was settling in at my hotel on Friday evening, my host suggested that I ride the suspended cable car up to the higher country.
I followed his advice the next morning, walked to the boarding station, and began a morning of fairyland magic. It was a crisp, almost-perfectly-clear, early-September day with only a very gentle breeze. There were only a few other passengers, and I was able to board the next gondola. The ride took me up the side of the mountain called The Ritten.
At the other end of ride perches the little sister village of Soprabolzano / Oberbozen (Upper Bolzano). I had enough time for a leisurely stroll and to pass a few moments with a local woman with a fabulous flower garden; she ran a bed & breakfast in her home and invited me to stay with her the next time I’m in the area—I truly hope to be able to do this some day.
I had a grilled chicken salad with a lovely glass of chilled wine, and then it was time to go back down to meet my host again for some further adventure (stuff for another post).