One thing I'll tell you about my two good friends is that they work long and hard hours. Cesar opens between 6:30 and 7:00, and Lilli joins him mid-morning. After the rush, he goes home to rest and comes back later in the afternoon. They close between 7 and 9 pm, and after they lock the door, they clean everything.
Gianna, Rosanna, Patrizia, Lea, and Carla are a group of women who meet at the bar most mornings. Some of them are there every morning, and others come and go. They always ask me about my day, what I've done, what I'm going to do, etc. I just love these ladies.
Gianlucca is the brother of one of the morning gals, and like them, I just met him this year. He is extremely nice, and we've had a number of good conversations. Like the others, he helps me with the Italian. Believe it or not, he's a black belt in the martial arts and has taught and competed in them. The morning before Mike and I left Bologna, Gianlucca and I had a long talk about politics (below).
These are only some of the people I've come to love in Bologna. Tomorrow I'll introduce you to some of the others (below) who also make my days...