The average day on Lolmaia starts at 10AM. We usually work in the lab, boiling rice or beans, mixing them, etc. We’re supposed to stop for lunch at 1PM, but we usually stop at 2AM. Depending on if we have enough energy, we resume work at 4PM or 5PM. We finish work around 8PM or 9PM. You do the math. Or if you’re too lazy, that’s 6 to 9 hours of work.
The most I’ve worked is 8 hours. The most any of us has worked is Barbara who worked 9.5 hours one day. And she didn’t get the day off the next day. Barbara works, on average, 8.5 hours a day. Like me, she’s too shy to tell Dario that her hours have gone over.
WWOOF enforces a six-hour work day, six days a week. Up to now, we’ve worked seven days straight, 7.5 hours a day on average. After a week, I finally managed to figure out why we keep going over. After a week of working here, I finally figured out why we keep working over the limit: Dario always underestimates how long a job will take.
Because Dario wants at least one wwoofer working everyday, I decided I would work Sunday so Barbara and Rocco could have the day off. Surprise surprise: both ended up working. Rocco 5.5 hours; Barbara 8 hours.
To avoid being pulled into washing soya beans or mixing rice, I decided to take a day trip to Arezzo for my day off.
Me, on our way to the train station.
Il Ampiteatro di Arezzo. Built during the height of the Roman Empire’s rule. It’s of a very similar style to what you’d find in Rome. This is one of the oldest parts of Arezzo. There were blue chairs and a stage set up for a concert later that week.
In la Piazza Grande. La Piazza Grande isn’t geographically the centre of Arezzo, but all of the old Arezzo gravitates around the Piazza.
La Cattedrale di Arezzo from across the park.
La Cattedrale di Arezzo. There are so many churches in Arezzo! I visited la Chiesa di San Dominico, la Cattedrale di Arezzo, and la Chiesa di San Agostino. We sat for a gelato in front of la Chiesa di San Michele.
Inside la Cattedrale di Arezzo. There are some amazing stained glass windows. They’re really quite impressive. Right before we left, this kid, about 15 years or so, started playing the organ. The priest was very excited to have someone play the organ. You wouldn’t normally see this in big cities. Usually, the organ is off-limits.
Il Palazzo Comune.
Arezzo is completely surround by Tuscan countryside, like most Tuscan cities. Factoid of the day: each Tuscan province is named after its capital. For instance, Arezzo is the capital of Arezzo and Firenze is the capital of Firenze. In about a week’s time, I’ll be visiting Siena, the capital of Siena.
La Piazza Grande before sunset. It’s really cool how much the city plays up its Medieval roots, like decorating the palaces with crests of the local communes. Arezzo’s glory days were during the 14th Century when artists and poets such as Francesco Patrarca, and Giorgio Vasari put Arezzo on the cultural map.
In La Piazza Grande. Twice a year, Arezzo hosts a traditional jousting tournament in la Piazza, but I missed both. Still, it’s proof that Arezzo is proud about its history.
I think I’m going to leave Lolmaia this Friday instead of Sunday. I was sick this morning so I didn’t work, but somehow I’m still going to work at least six hours. The work load here is always way over the six-hour limit. I think I’m going to talk to Dario about it, because it’s not right that we keep working seven or eight-hour days.