Well I’ve been away from the blog for a while so I should update ya’ll on what’s been going on. First of all I was in the States, again. That makes it 3 times that I’ve been in the US this year. I believe that’s a record for me. I’m getting a little tired of sitting on 9+ hour flight. And in true form Alitalia lost my bag in Rome for the umpteenth time. It wasn’t just me, as least 20 people arrived here in Brindisi without their bags. I can’t complain too much because it did arrive on the very next flight that afternoon. So everything is ok. In fact, it took so long to fill out the lost bags form that Airport bus had returned by the time I left the terminal building (see my “A bus” post for the joy in this).
Important news for you blog readers is that I picked up a new lens for my camera. I bought a monster 70-300 mm telephoto lens. Now I can get pictures of people without them knowing it! (Insert sinister laugh here). It was rainy and dreary this weekend so I haven’t gone out shooting photos, yet. It’s funny because I left record high temperatures near 90F in Indianapolis to come back to cool and damp Brindisi. That’s backwards from how it’s supposed to be.
Also I picked up two books while in the States. One that I’ve been meaning to get Travels with Herodotus and other was an impulse buy, Natural History by Pliny the Elder. Pliny has interested my ever since I read Pompeii and found he died because he hung around when Vesuvius was erupting and burying Pompeii in 79 AD. He died because he was so curious that he went towards the eruption when he was far enough away that he was safe where he was. Natural History is the only book he wrote that has made it to modern times and also the book he was working on when he died. It’s his take on everything that was known at the time. I think I’ll be quoting it as I read it. For example the first quote I have from the book is this from the Astronomy section about the search for God, “God is man helping man, this is the path to everlasting glory.”
By the way the photo is from the May trip. I didn't have my camera on this trip since it was all work....