2nd Day in Florence

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Spanish people we met while climbing to the top of the Duomo
Woke up, ate McDonalds, went to the train station, it was too crowded, got coffee, took an audiotour of the Duomo.

The painting on the dome of the Duomo was very symbolic. It represented the end of the world. One of the characters was father time, handing Jesus a broken hourglass (symbolizing that time will stop). Another was a skeleton breaking a scythe (symbolizing that death will no longer exist).

We took an insanely claustrophobic and twisted set of stairs to the top of the dome, where we sat and admired the view of Florence for about half an hour.

We went down and got some delicious (but expensive gelatos) and then got lost walking around the city. We bought some food and water from a supermarket We were so tired after walking around that we decided to go home and take a nap before going out to watch the Italy v.
A sign that people don't seem to listen to
France game tonight. On the way back we found a stand selling backpacker backpacks.

The backpacks they had were very cheap and the rolling duffelbag I had been carrying around was not very convenient (getting on and off trains with it and walking through towns is hard when the bag rolls --- and the straps are just too uncomfortable and the bag too heavy for it to be used as a backpack). Also, the straps on my bag are not padded, and there is no waist and chest strap (just the shoulder ones). What happened next was very lucky for me.

Looking at duffelbags was a man who spoke Spanish. I told him I had a nicer Samsonite one that I would sell to him because I wanted to buy a backpack. He had to catch a bus in a few minutes so we ran with him back to our hotel and showed him the bag. He bought it to me for 20 Euros (about 40 dollars) so I made a profit on it. Then I bought the biggest packpack they had at the stand which was very comfortable. We negotiated them down to 20 Euros, so I essentially switched to a backpack for no charge.

Now I am back at the hotel. After organizing my stuff I am going to take a nap!


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