I woke this morning with sleep crusts in my eyes. It was the first time in a long time, probably because it was the first time in a long time that I got that many consecutive hours of sleep, enough time to allow them to form.
Bodhi slept through to 6:30am from 9:30pm, and then went back to sleep until 9am. Hallelujah. We have been bickering about sleep lately because there just isn't enough to go around, no matter how you break it down.
But today at last, all three of us feel well rested. And we finally have reliable internet, after 2 weeks of issue after issue. We are now able to begin formulating future plans. For tonight, we stay in a Best Western on the outskirts of Barletta, some uninteresting seaside city in Italy. I doubt any tourists come here, even Italians. We probably will not leave the hotel. We had dinner here last night, breakfast, lunch today, and now I am in the room for a nap for Bodhi. We have to go transfer the car to get a new cheaper one for a month. We have decided having a car is essential for our current travel lifestyle. It is just too hard with a baby and baggage to navigate the poor train situation here in Southern Italy, too restrictive and too tiring to haul everything from a train station through towns every couple of days. We had to do this in Alberobello our third day in Italy, and I think Chris is still recovering. We had to haul Bodhi in the stroller and all our luggage through cobblestone streets over a mile, then down a huge flight of stone stairs, and up a giant hill to the trullis. He couldn't even laugh about it. From there, we got the first car...now here, we are choosing to keep a car while we are in Italy. Ahh, la macchina.