Off to France

We’re headed to the French Alps today for some incredible cycling–both to watch and to do ourselves.

But before we go, I thought it would be nice to show a few things (mostly non-cycling related) I’ve been up to lately.

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been living and working on a farm north of Florence (via WWOOF).  They make all sorts of jams and juices from fruits that are grown in the area (raspberries, apricots, figs, blueberries).

Some of the work I had to do was strenuous, such as weeding raspberry plants in the sun for several hours, but I also had a lot of downtime to make cakes and teach myself Italian.

Wicked lampone (raspberry) plants with loads of weeds.


Strawberry cake made with berries from the garden.

The food was delicious. The hosts were fantastic cooks who never failed to impress for both lunch and dinner.

Truffles for dinner.

I even had a chance to clean my bike really well.

After a beautiful time in the countryside, I returned to Florence and found a yoga studio I really like. I’ve been practicing almost every day and hoping that my shoulder/elbow injury will finally heal fully. There are still some poses that I can’t do without feeling pain — chaturanga & side plank on the left arm — but my left arm feels much better than it did a month or two ago.

Goodbye, Florence! See you in a week.


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