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Locked down but not out in Italy

Singing from the balconies! One nice thing about this crisis ... solidarity! “Guess you’re not living like a tourist anymore,” was the funny, truthful and somewhat gut-wrenching message of a friend the day the lockdown in Italy began. Today is day 6. My beloved Italia has been hit hard with the COVID19 epidemic. With the second largest elderly population in the world, the epidemic has meant a disproportionate amount of deaths in the country. So though I haven’t been worried about contracting it myself, this isn’t about me or someone like me who, if contracted it would probably have a sucky couple of weeks and then recover. It is about if someone like me contracted it and then spread it to a person with a complicated health history or an elderly person with a weakened immune system. Eerily orderly: Lines for the grocery store, each person one meter apart In a country with no concept (and no physical room really) for personal space, and in a city with reproachable hygie

Postcard from Sarah in Wales!

Why go to Mount Snowdon?
Mt. Snowdon is the highest peak in Wales, standing at 1,085 metres (3,560 feet) high, and offering one of the best views of the British isles. Winds at its summit can reach 150 mph.

In Welsh, Snowdon is Yr Wyddfa, which means tomb or monument. Why? Another legend. Snowdon is the legendary tomb of Rhita Gawr, an ogre who made it a habit to kill kings and  use their beards for cloaks. Rhita Gawr had his fun until King Arthur came along. Arthur said "Enough is enough" (or something like that) and went to the top of Mount Snowdon and felled Rhita Gawr.

Care for a climb? This site gives details about Snowdon's different paths. And should you make it up the mountain, be sure to sign the log book!

Where are you?
Send me a postcard! Just take a digital photo, write a 2-3 line message and send it to touristliving (at) gmail (dot) com! I'll turn your photo into a postcard and post it on my blog to share your experience of living like a tourist in your own city.