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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

Torrita di Siena, 53049

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Dear ——–,

We reached Tuscany just as the sun was setting over orderly rows of vines and olive trees. The directions to our bed and breakfast Follonico were a bit vague — “Around a curve to the left, after 1.4km there is an intersection on the right that is not very obvious…” But we came to appreciate that this is just how directions around Tuscany’s roads are. Those directions were better than relying on Google Maps, which uses some kind of road numbering system that is not apparent on any signs on the ground. After recuperating, we spent the next day winding up and down local roads lined with poppies on a route recommended by our host Fabio. We stopped by the hermitage where they filmed the English Patient, a tiny, well-preserved medieval town that is inhabited now by only three families and an abbey from the 14th century. We somehow managed to take the longest route back to the hotel because we missed several turns. But we did make it back. Maybe exploring Tuscany means getting lost.

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Author: postmarkhere

I'm a journalist based in Los Angeles who has always said that writing postcards for a living would be a dream job. The posts -- short enough to fit on an actual postcard -- chronicle recent travels near and far. I could blab on about being inspired by epistolary novels, the short poems of Emily Dickinson, and the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" pieces, but I'll just say that I'm aiming to give you a sense of flavor of a place without boring you to death. Wish you were here!

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