As a tour guide, I work not only in Europe but also all over Asia and the place I suffer most from mosquito bites is definitely the hotel in Florence. I awoke at 4 am and my lip felt strange. I looked in the mirror and realised that I had a moosquito bite right on my upper lip. It had swollen up and I looked like I had been in a fight. This is all I need – hopefully it would go down before I had to meet my group at 8.30. It didn’t go down and I really felt very self conscious about my swollen lip. It is absolutely throbbing and I felt like my whole face was swollen.
I left the group with a local guide and off I went with the couple whose safe had been stolen to the police station for an official police report, which was needed for that temporary passport and the insurance claim.
The police were very nice and the report completed in an hour. They couldn’t believe that someone had just walked in and stolen the whole safe.
Had a free afternoon in Florence and then picked up the group and took them back to the hotel.
Tonight we have dinner in a nice restaurant in the old part of Florence, but the only thing is that it is impossible for the coach to drop us there. In fact the coach can go only to two drop off points in the centre of Florence and not at all into the old town. Our restaurant is a good 20 minute walk from the coach and it is pouring with rain, some of the group complained all the way to the restaurant.
Dinner was great and wine included, so after a few drinks the complainers are happy.