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.

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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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