When Katrina returned, we loaded 4 large suitcases, 4 small suitcases, and a bike box into the mini van. It was packed tight. European mini vans are a bit smaller than American mini vans.
The real estate agent, the apartment owners father, and our relocation agent arrive around noon for the final apartment inspection. Its funny. We spent 2 1/2 days giving the apartment a deep cleaning (it was not clean when we took possession) and all they really seemed to care about was making sure we left the furniture and all the light fixtures. The biggest conversation was all about transfer of utilities and how to do that!
Our relocation agent had the owners agent write out and sign that all was good. They weren't going to leave us anything like that!
Anyway, we grabbed our backpacks and Stevie that cat and left our Italian apartment for the last time. Surprisingly, no tears were shed.
On our way out we stopped to say goodbye to our portania and her family. Anna, her husband Ivano and their daughter Martina were always welcoming to us and took a big liking to Brandon. Brandon would sometimes go down to Anna's office and spend a couple hours speaking Italian with her. Early in our time in Italy, she asked Brandon what kind of pasta he liked. He told her Bolognese and a few days later she made some homemade sauce for him. This past Monday Ivano made homemade pizzas for us. And yesterday, they gave Brandon an Italian flag to take home.
Martina, Ivano and Anna
Martina, Brandon and Anna
Brandon gets a big hug
Ivano and Brandon
After we said our goodbyes, we headed over to la Piccola Gelateria to say goodbye to our gelato guy.
Stevie was fairly comfortable. He came out from under the bed and explored the room a bit. He even tried to jump through the large mirror!
Dinner in the hotel. Some TV watching and early to bed. We need to be at the airport by 4am tomorrow.