Falling Head Over Heels for Italy

Despite the happy-sounding title, I’m talking about falling in a very little sense. The combination of lithium-induced clumsiness and cobblestone streets was bound to catch up to me. It was around 6am and I was walking to the train station to catch an early train to Pompeii. I was crossing a street and completely wiped out. There were only a couple other pedestrians around, but they ignored pathetic me sprawled on the cobblestones.

I was sore, but thought there was no lasting damage. It was only later that I realized that I’d scraped up my foot and knee and sprained my ankle. Sprained ankle and walking around ruins isn’t really the best combination. The picture above is a plaster cast of a body buried in the ashes from Mt Vesuvius at Pompeii, and that’s kind of how I was feeling.

Yesterday morning I went to this tiny little cafe (maybe 6 tables), and the staff totally ignored me. I sat there for around 45 minutes and they didn’t even acknowledge my existence, much less take my order. During that time I was waiting I saw a triggering email from work. Cue public cry fest.

Anyhow, this morning I leave Rome and catch the super-fast train to Florence. Who knows, maybe when I’m there I’ll get hit by a bus, followed by falling into a canal in Venice…

28 thoughts on “Falling Head Over Heels for Italy”

  1. Oh, love, I’m so sorry things aren’t going so well. I hope that none of those awful things happen but that, instead, your trip starts getting better.

  2. Ashley…it takes a couple of days
    The time difference is hard on the mind and body. You will be fine in Florence…less crowded…and I know you got it. You will feel so proud…I promise!

  3. I hope you’ve had a good nights rest and can now really enjoy Florence. My son went there a few weeks ago and loved mooching around the beautiful little streets (yup, watch those cobblestones). Relax and take your time. It’s definitely on my bucket list of places I’d love to visit – tell us all about it. Katie x

  4. Ashley, sorry for the fall and moods going low. I sincerely wish you feel better to enjoy some of Florence and also have some resting time. I am equally sometimes at a loss chasing those fast buses and trains and early morning commuting buz especially in hectic cities like London. All the best from my end

  5. I’m sorry for you. I wish things are going to improve for you as you deserve that lovely 🙏❤️ I remember also a time that I had a panic attack on the streets in Spain and was almost falling down and nobody looked up to me. They all looked strange. I really don’t know why people can be so rude. Kindness is so important ❤️ Take care

  6. How very rude of the café people to ignore you. That certainly won’t have helped your mood along with the fall (hope you’re not too sore still) and the work email. Florence is somewhere I’ve always wanted to go, I’m not sure exactly why – I suspect it’s because I like the name!

  7. Ouch! I’m so sorry you’ve been so badly ignored there, that’s so rude, but says more about the ignorant people around than anything else. I hope people are more thoughtful and, well, decent, in Florence. Stay safe & no more injuries or falls of any description!! xxxx

  8. Oh no!! I’m so sorry!! Ohh!! 🙁 Bad, bad people to not help you when you fell! I’ve had that same thing happen to me. It’s like, “What is wrong with people?” Ohh! And the staff of that cafe must’ve been imbeciles. I’m so sad to hear this.

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