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By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.

Helen Hunt Jackson - September
The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Chrysanthemums.
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

John Updike, September
Learn English in September

Another road trip - Sri Lanka and India

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  • filauziofilauzio Genoa ( Italy )Posts: 2,055 ✭✭✭✭✭
    You know you are always welcome here in my town, @mheredge, almost needless to say.
    Yes, hopefully, we can meet when I'm off work.
    I only have to warn you that these days is stifling hot due to the high humidity percentage in the air.
    So you should care wearing light clothes.
    Then take sunglasses, sun hat with broad brim and sunscreen to protect the exposed parts of your skin.
    You know the sun's rays can be ruthless towards not well protected skin.
    Then, I know you are a seasoned traveller so don't need these tips at all. B)
    glad to stop strict diet, splashed in belly flop? Don't care you're not light, here on English hop !
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    I have been carrying sunglasses all the way and so far haven't worn them once! I have a cap and I have used it a few times @filauzio.

    Today my friend in Bratislava proposed we visit Vienna for the day. It's raining cats and dogs at the moment, so I hope it let's up as I can't remember where I packed my umbrella.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod
    mheredge said:

    It seems like l might be popping into Vienna for the day tomorrow. It's only an hour away and my friends here love to visit, so are suggesting that we could go for a day trip.

    Did you go? How was it? Vienna is one place I've never been to, but I would like to go.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    Vienna is beautiful. It's so elegant but at the same time it feels like a cosy place too with all it's charming cafés. Even in the rain, it's a lovely place to visit @GemmaRowlands. I think you'd love it.

    Today I am in Genoa, after an overnight bus to Milan from Bratislava and another one for a couple of hours. It's one of my favourite cities in Italy and as I've been here a few times before, I knew the way to the hostel I had stayed in once before. On the way I go a 48 hour museum card to take full advantage of the museums - which have the added bonus of being cool in the heat wave that's hitting the area now.

    As always it was really great chatting with @filauzio. We visited a rather 'interesting' exhibition of art by a celebrated metaphysical painter, but then caught sight of an extremely inspiring display of urban sketching by a group in Liguria. I'm now going to come back for next weekend to join a workshop run by this group as I found it so interesting!
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod
    mheredge said:

    Vienna is beautiful. It's so elegant but at the same time it feels like a cosy place too with all it's charming cafés. Even in the rain, it's a lovely place to visit @GemmaRowlands. I think you'd love it.



    Today I am in Genoa, after an overnight bus to Milan from Bratislava and another one for a couple of hours. It's one of my favourite cities in Italy and as I've been here a few times before, I knew the way to the hostel I had stayed in once before. On the way I go a 48 hour museum card to take full advantage of the museums - which have the added bonus of being cool in the heat wave that's hitting the area now.



    As always it was really great chatting with @filauzio. We visited a rather 'interesting' exhibition of art by a celebrated metaphysical painter, but then caught sight of an extremely inspiring display of urban sketching by a group in Liguria. I'm now going to come back for next weekend to join a workshop run by this group as I found it so interesting!

    For some reason, when I'm visiting somewhere, the rain doesn't even bother me. I can still see the beauty of the place I'm in. It only really annoys me when I'm at home.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    The rain was extremely welcome as it was a bit cooler than previous days. It was stifling hot in Genoa today. I saw 37 degrees showing somewhere but as it's so incredibly humid here, it feels far worse. You feel drenched without even moving.
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 2,811 ✭✭✭✭
    mheredge said:

    The rain was extremely welcome as it was a bit cooler than previous days. It was stifling hot in Genoa today. I saw 37 degrees showing somewhere but as it's so incredibly humid here, it feels far worse. You feel drenched without even moving.

    Are you visiting Monte-Carlo (for a bet?) on your way back home, @mheredge? Or is it so close to home that going there for a spin is more reasonable?
  • filauziofilauzio Genoa ( Italy )Posts: 2,055 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Thank you @mheredge, it was my great pleasure chatting with you and spending some time together.

    Hope you'll find the sketching workshop very interesting and instructive.

    I realy enjoyed the sketching exhibition too: it seemed to me like it could be considered a kind of ' poor and minor ' form of art, but I had to make a precipitous U-turn in my misconceived idea and got to appreciate the drawings a lot.


    Besides, quite surprisingly, I also found out you're an excellent biker :D
    glad to stop strict diet, splashed in belly flop? Don't care you're not light, here on English hop !
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 2,811 ✭✭✭✭
    filauzio said:


    Besides, quite surprisingly, I also found out you're an excellent biker :D

    Where did you ride your motorcycles, @filauzio?

  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    @Practical_Severard Monte Carlo is too local for me! I also find the place rather boring and tend to avoid it. But we did go past in the bus, not that all the passengers were probably all that aware.

    @filauzio you're an excellent chauffeur. @Practical_Severard, @filauzio took me for a spin to Nervi, just along the coast from Genoa to visit a couple of modern art museums there.

    The road trip hasn't really finished as although I am back home for a couple of days, I am returning to Genoa for an Urban Sketchers' workshop on how to draw people, then on Sunday there's a sketching 'marathon' where we go to four different venues around town to draw for an hour and a hour at each place. @filauzio, why don't you join this?

    I don't think that I draw very well at all, but I know I enjoy it.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod

    mheredge said:

    The rain was extremely welcome as it was a bit cooler than previous days. It was stifling hot in Genoa today. I saw 37 degrees showing somewhere but as it's so incredibly humid here, it feels far worse. You feel drenched without even moving.

    Are you visiting Monte-Carlo (for a bet?) on your way back home, @mheredge? Or is it so close to home that going there for a spin is more reasonable?
    I would love to go somewhere like that for a bet! I enjoy gambling on occasion, and I would really like to be able to go somewhere with my partner where we would be able to enjoy that, which is great.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    edited June 2019
    I'm a puritan when it comes to betting (or Methodist), so casinos or gambling have never appealed @Practical_Severard.

    The road trip is not quite finished as I am returning to Genoa tomorrow as when I was there I found out about a very interesting weekend organised by the Ligurian branch of the Urban Sketchers. http://www.urbansketchers.org/ I had never heard of this organisation before but there are groups in many countries.

    I don't think I will ever be able to draw anything as good as this, but I can but try!





  • filauziofilauzio Genoa ( Italy )Posts: 2,055 ✭✭✭✭✭
    It isn't properly a motorcycle, @Practical_Severard, mine is a motorscooter, so maybe is more comfortable to ride for short journeys within the town.

    Why not @mheredge, Sunday could be fine to me in order to join you on the sketching marathon. It seems it could be interesting to engage in drawing little sceneries caught in the town's landscape.
    We would try our creativity together with our dexterity to draw lines on light cardboard.
    It's amazing nowadays, when we all are requested just to click buttons on a keyboard or wipe our fingers on the phone screen.
    However I suppose I should hurry to apply since I'm afraid I'm already running late for the workshop, am I ?
    glad to stop strict diet, splashed in belly flop? Don't care you're not light, here on English hop !
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod
    filauzio said:

    It isn't properly a motorcycle, @Practical_Severard, mine is a motorscooter, so maybe is more comfortable to ride for short journeys within the town.



    Why not @mheredge, Sunday could be fine to me in order to join you on the sketching marathon. It seems it could be interesting to engage in drawing little sceneries caught in the town's landscape.

    We would try our creativity together with our dexterity to draw lines on light cardboard.

    It's amazing nowadays, when we all are requested just to click buttons on a keyboard or wipe our fingers on the phone screen.

    However I suppose I should hurry to apply since I'm afraid I'm already running late for the workshop, am I ?

    I have been thinking about getting a motor scooter instead of my car, as I usually only do short journeys, and I think it would be a lot cheaper in the long term.
  • filauziofilauzio Genoa ( Italy )Posts: 2,055 ✭✭✭✭✭
    It's amazing that sometimes it seems like my motorscooter operates without need to refuel it.

    It is very light and, when the wind blows stronger from behind, it further helps propel and speed up my scooter, thanks to my windshield which, in such cases, works like a sail.

    So yes, you're right @GemmaRowlands, the motorscooter is probably cheaper than a car when used on short journeys.

    In my town, you just have to be cautious when it's raining and the road asphalt is wet.

    In such cases you have better slow down your speed because the tyres have less grip.

    Since you are moving on two wheels, then, and the stability is more precarious, if you happen to slip a bit, you could lose balance and even fall to the ground.


    I see that not all countries have the same kind of road asphalt though.

    For instance I found in Ireland that they have a very drainage efficient kind of cover.

    I was amazed to see that the water on the surface was entirely absorbed a few minutes after the shower ceased.

    I appreciated a lot this care for motorists' safety, a culture we in Italy unfortunately still lack.

    Our amministrators, I'm afraid, when it comes to asphalt choice, still favour the less expensive one, regardless of the security standards it could possibly provide.
    glad to stop strict diet, splashed in belly flop? Don't care you're not light, here on English hop !
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    Also in many old towns @filauzio cobble stones don't help either, as these are very slippery in the rain. In Nice the pavements too are lethal when they're wet. I have slid on my bum many times.

    Is the city of Genoa rebuilding the bridge that collapsed? Speaking to a girl from Pisa on Sunday, she said that it took several hours to come in to Genoa by road now, so she had taken the train instead.
  • filauziofilauzio Genoa ( Italy )Posts: 2,055 ✭✭✭✭✭



    On June 28th, demolition experts blew up the remaining part of Morandi bridge, @mheredge.
    They used a lot of explosive micro charges, and several water tanks in order quickly to bring down the dust and smoke.
    Thre were great concerns about the possible persistence of asbesto's fibres in the surrounding air.
    Therefore, all locals evacuated from houses nearby weren't allowed to come back home, until the mayor declared that the prescribed safety requirements were met.
    I read that by next year's april we should have a new bridge operating.
    glad to stop strict diet, splashed in belly flop? Don't care you're not light, here on English hop !
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    @filauzio a year of disruption but at least if they can rebuild it by then, that should be good. Let's hope that this time they won't take any short cuts or cut corners to save money and that they build a much stronger bridge that's fit for the purpose.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod
    filauzio said:

    It's amazing that sometimes it seems like my motorscooter operates without need to refuel it.



    It is very light and, when the wind blows stronger from behind, it further helps propel and speed up my scooter, thanks to my windshield which, in such cases, works like a sail.



    So yes, you're right @GemmaRowlands, the motorscooter is probably cheaper than a car when used on short journeys.



    In my town, you just have to be cautious when it's raining and the road asphalt is wet.



    In such cases you have better slow down your speed because the tyres have less grip.



    Since you are moving on two wheels, then, and the stability is more precarious, if you happen to slip a bit, you could lose balance and even fall to the ground.





    I see that not all countries have the same kind of road asphalt though.



    For instance I found in Ireland that they have a very drainage efficient kind of cover.



    I was amazed to see that the water on the surface was entirely absorbed a few minutes after the shower ceased.



    I appreciated a lot this care for motorists' safety, a culture we in Italy unfortunately still lack.



    Our amministrators, I'm afraid, when it comes to asphalt choice, still favour the less expensive one, regardless of the security standards it could possibly provide.

    Thank you for the advice. It is something that I am seriously considering, although I will have to sit another driving test, as the car test doesn't cover scooters here.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    I need to chase my application for a replacement driver's licence. The British licence will no longer be valid for driving in the EU after Brexit. And especially if there is a 'no-deal' exit, then I'm not sure that there will be any temporary extension to get this sorted out.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod
    mheredge said:

    I need to chase my application for a replacement driver's licence. The British licence will no longer be valid for driving in the EU after Brexit. And especially if there is a 'no-deal' exit, then I'm not sure that there will be any temporary extension to get this sorted out.

    So will we need to pass a different test to be able to drive in the EU, then? I don't fancy having to do that if I'm honest! I was scared enough for my first test!
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    I don't know about a test but certainly you would need to apply for an international driving licence. I would expect that this is probably required if you wanted to drive in the US or Australia as I don't know if the EU one would be valid there.
  • filauziofilauzio Genoa ( Italy )Posts: 2,055 ✭✭✭✭✭
    You're welcome @GemmaRowlands.

    Same here, at least for people who got their driving license more recently.

    I'm among those lucky people who managed to get their license in years when it covered both cars, scooters and motorcycles in general.

    However, when it comes to road safety, it's probably better now that scooterists are required to take a specific exam and also practice riding such vehicles before starting off among daily traffic.

    That's especially true in towns where the traffic can be very heavy.

    You know, we had cases when people pretended to be able to ride a motorcycle when they barely managed to keep balance riding a bicycle.
    glad to stop strict diet, splashed in belly flop? Don't care you're not light, here on English hop !
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    I agree @filauzio, it seems more than reasonable to expect a test for each different type of vehicle. After all, a motor bike or scooter is very different to a car. There are some cars now that almost drive themselves - slowing down when you get close to the vehicle ahead, warning you for all sorts of reasons and even applying the brakes for you.
  • VokVok Posts: 2,143 ✭✭✭✭
    edited July 2019
    I'd go as far as to say that even passing a driving test doesn't prove that you're ready to drive on your own. After having driven for more than ten years sometimes I get into situations on the road where I feel as a complete amateur.
    Post edited by Vok on
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 2,811 ✭✭✭✭
    edited July 2019
    filauzio said:


    However, when it comes to road safety, it's probably better now that scooterists are required to take a specific exam and also practice riding such vehicles before starting off among daily traffic.

    Do you mean by the word "scooter" mopeds (which have the engine capacity 50cc or below) or larger scooters as well , @filazio ? The latter are legally classified here as motorcycles.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    Fair point @Practical_Severard. As I recall - though I may be totally out of date - 50cc did not need a driving test. At least this was the case when I was a student and very briefly had a moped.
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 2,811 ✭✭✭✭
    edited July 2019
    mheredge said:

    Fair point @Practical_Severard. As I recall - though I may be totally out of date - 50cc did not need a driving test. At least this was the case when I was a student and very briefly had a moped.

    Today there are electric vehicles, and what's something new, electric powered vehicles intended for the use on pavement, such as e-scooters, unicycles and hoverboards. I think some rules need to be imposed on them as well. The UK bans them on pavement, so the HM's subjects are immune to this plague.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    I think at the moment the licencing rules haven't yet caught up with electric vehicles @Practical_Severard or not in some countries at least. Things like vehicle tax doesn't apply maybe as an incentive to go green.

    However I think rules like driving on the pavement should be applied in the same way as for other road vehicles. Pedestrians are not going split hairs over what kind of fuel was used by the vehicle that ran them over.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod
    filauzio said:

    You're welcome @GemmaRowlands.

    Same here, at least for people who got their driving license more recently.

    I'm among those lucky people who managed to get their license in years when it covered both cars, scooters and motorcycles in general.

    However, when it comes to road safety, it's probably better now that scooterists are required to take a specific exam and also practice riding such vehicles before starting off among daily traffic.

    That's especially true in towns where the traffic can be very heavy.

    You know, we had cases when people pretended to be able to ride a motorcycle when they barely managed to keep balance riding a bicycle.

    I have a few friends who got their license when it covered a few things, which is useful for them, but I think I would like to at least have some lessons before driving anything else anyway.
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