Thursday, December 18, 2014
Christmas Decorations Florence Italy
Dear Art-loving friend,
Tuesday the 16th was my last night in central Firenze with friends . . . for a little while in any event. We all met in Santo Spirito and took up a large room in the back of Cabiria, enjoying warmth, friendship, jokes, photo taking, and aperitivo.
Slowly our party lessened as the hour got later. People drifted one way or another, lingering outside the bar in front of the Basilica di Santo Spirito. This year children’s art was projected up onto the distinctively shaped but plain façade. I was hoping to get a shot of the airplane one that I saw as I first arrived, but my friends assured me that the show continued for over 20 minutes and thus we moved on. Peccato!
At least I was able to convince them to take a small detour to see Via Romana decorated with bicycles and wheels. And thus the walk home began, losing a friend here and there as the turn-off to various homes appeared along the path. One advantage to living further out than most of my friends is seeing them off, and then walking alone at night in this lovely town. The skating rink was the last image that I took, but sadly it was closed at this hour. I had wanted to try it out before I left Firenze this year, but it was not to happen.
During my recent return to Caprese Michelangelo, I got a new idea from a dear friend about how to renew my permesso di soggiorno (permission to stay). That lead to a bit of “last minute” running around [including being flustered by a post office strike, short office hours meaning a lost day, and the next day being told to go elsewhere when it was not exactly true]. However, hard-headedness and curbing my growing temper helped me be introduced to a woman in the Immigration Office who explained much of the Italian law to me and tell me a variety of options that I could pursue.
At this time, all of my options mean first returning to the USA and applying for a new visa. So, I am sticking to the plan for the moment: 90 days outside of Schengen Territory (most of Europe), up to 90 days back into Italy, and then I go back Stateside. I am safe in Croatia now and I have a lot to accomplish and figure out before then!
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~ Kelly Borsheim, sculptor, painter, writer, teacher