Verona was a chill welcome from the chaos that was Florence. Uri and I somehow found the energy to spend the day culling every nook and cranny of the city for interesting information and beautiful sites with the help of our trusty app, Izi Travel.
At the end of our self-guided tour, we went to meet Rodrigo, our host for the night in Verona. Rodrigo introduced us to his girlfriend, Julia, as well as his mother. He and his mom moved to Italy from Paraguay and quickly embraced it as their new home.
Rodrigo is a long-haired punk rocker with a wild streak and a warm heart. Julia is his counter balance, and they just make perfect sense together. His mother is a lovely and welcoming mother who is perfectly comfortable welcoming the strangers that her son brings by into her home. I love that.
We left with Rodrigo and Julia to a nearby park for a Couch Surfer meetup. We got to meet many of his fellow CS hosts. They were a bunch of characters. For example, there was a large group of people gathered nearby for what appeared to be a folk dance meetup. They had traditional Italian music playing, and so one of Rodrigo’s friends responded by blasting Tupac from his phone.
As the party winded down, Rodrigo inssted on taking us to a beautiful vista of the city. It was a great way to cap an all-to brief stay in a charming city.