Hello all! We have arrived at the monastery. Surprisingly, they have wi-fi. Now, we don't want to spend much time online so that we can truly experience this place of rest, but we'll let you know what we're up to.
We landed in Milan the day before yesterday and spent the afternoon in Varena at Lake Como. It was a beautiful town and lake, but we were so tired. We thought we would go somewhere where we could walk around to stay awake until evening (fight off that jet lag), but we didn't think through the getting there. We spent so much time on trains and we're threatening to fall asleep that we nearly missed our stop! There was this older Italian man just watching us trying desperately to keep our eyes open, and I truly think he was laughing at us the whole time.
The town was so quaint, and there was this incredible 13th century church in the middle of the town square. I loved visiting it, and it was the perfect amount of time there. We also got a little local flavor at dinner when we ordered fish from the lake.
We weren't expecting them to be whole...haha...
Then we headed back to Milan to finally go to sleep. The next morning we walked around Milan focusing our time on the duomo.
We stopped in the galleria,
and headed over to another church - from the 4th century: la Basilica di San'Ambrosia.
From there we headed out to the monastery. Pictures of our adventures there will be forthcoming. We will likely not post anything until our next stop, so we will be quiet until around Thursday. Love to all of you!