Happy New Year! Tanti Auguri. I didn’t quite get my act together to post anything for the New Year, but since today is the last day of the holiday season in Italy, I think technically it still counts. La Befana visited last night. Well, not my house, but I have it on good authority that she was spotted on her broomstick. The Italian tradition of the Befana is linked to the Epiphany and while there are various legends about her, the one I like best is that the Three Wise Men stopped at her house to ask for directions on their way to find the baby Jesus. She was an exceptional housekeeper apparently. There are other slightly darker variations on this theme but I like this one because it’s evidence that men did at one time stop for directions! Anyway, La Befana visits the children on the eve of the Epiphany and leaves either coal or some little treat. After this final day of celebrating, Christmas decorations will come down, grocery carts will be laden with healthy veggies as people cheerfully grumble that they are starting their dieta, and everyone will attempt to get back into work mode.
I got back into the swing of things this week. Not at Poliziano– I won’t be back there until April (although I did work one day New Year’s Eve weekend because Fabio had some bookings). Instead, I have some new students coming on board, which is a help during these lean winter months. So teaching English and my own writing are now occupying most of my time– a bit of a harsh transition after a December of watching holiday films nonstop, but it feels good to have the synapses firing again. As much as I love the holidays, I also love the austerity of January where you can visit someone without having to weakly protest as they pull out all types of chocolates and treats to tempt you with a glass of wine or afternoon tea.
Today is sunny and crisp, so I am going to head out with the old girl and get a bit of a walk in. Cinder, who has been sleeping nonstop, for some reason has become sprightly in these last few days, and this morning actually trotted down the street. It’s like she knows its January and time to get the holiday kilos off. Can’t argue with that!
Wishing everyone a wonderful 2013!!!