Wednesday was a public holiday here in Pavia, Angelo and I cycled to a small town just outside of Pavia called “Certosa di Pavia”. There is a famous monastery there, and legend has it that if you visit this place before you have graduated, you’ll never graduate. We took the risk.
(Pavia has loads of these myths and curses, but that’s probably because very few people here actually graduate on time.)
We left the house at about 9:15, it takes about 30-45 min to cycle there. I borrowed a bike from one of my friends here, the day before, and off we went. IT WAS FREEZING!!
We got to the town, and to our surprise there was a small market happening right in front of the monastery, cool, but not before I almost knocked a lady over. We looked around, didn’t buy anything, this month cash is short, and parked our bikes outside. We walked inside, and practically got locked in, they quite literally closed the gate behind us (and a few other people) and wouldn’t let us out, no explanation. I was convinced this was the end, this is why people don’t graduate, they get trapped inside this place.
So we fought our way out, not literally but almost. on our way out of the town we stopped for coffee and brioche then headed back. It was a quick morning adventure / cardio trip. PLUS I SAW SO MANY PUPPERS!
What it made me realize is that I actually really enjoyed documenting our trip, if anything it forced me to get out of my comfort zone a bit. I know that if I want to continue doing this I have to be intentional about documenting our adventures, and that makes me excited, I want you to all see what we do, and the cool things that we get up to.