Florence seems far away now. And as Earl said, "Florence is where the Renaissance happened and the modern world began. We had to get that out of the way before coming to Rome." Well, we did and here we are.
And back in the USA, the Republicans have two weeks to defund Obamacare - or shut down the government. They are working unceasingly toward their goal, if I read the International Herald Tribune correctly this morning. Should they succeed, some thirty million Americans will suddenly be without health insurance. I notice they aren't talking about implementing any other sort of plan. So perhaps it's all for show and blow? And an opportunity to shut down our government?
I just read on-line that for the first time ever, an Indian-American was crowned Miss America. Apparently, the hate tweets are going though the roof - tweets comparing the newest Miss America to 'an Arab' and a terrorist. One tweet said the timing of this crowning was way off considering it was so close to 9/11. And lots of tweets that simply said, 'This is America.' Well, yes it is and in Houston alone, there are well over 80,000 Indian Americans.
I think I'll put USA news aside for the time being.
P.S. Lots more to write about our stay in Florence. Wifi inconsistent at our hotel, so will write about Florence in Rome.