Rest Day in Urbinzoo

By Jane Mountain | April 10, 2013

Today I got to have two naps! Two! And I did yoga for about 15 minutes. Such luxury.

We love our little room (complete with an entire kitchen inside a cupboard!) at the B&B Albornoz so much that we decided to stay a second night.

small kitchen in rental apartment

Kitchen cupboard. Literally.

Another huge expense, but much needed, since our bodies and minds are tired, and we’re still not that used to cycling every day. Plus, I am fighting a sore throat and cold that I suspect I picked up in a field somewhere near Umbertide.

Stephen spent my first rest break day-drinking at Circollo l’Idea, where he is now a member. It’s a small, hip artisanal beer joint with fantastic WiFi. He was able to tentatively book yoga classes in Croatia and Poland, send a new HuffPo blog out and email with a few friends and students.


The day off also gave us a chance to explore Urbino a little more. Urbino was an artistic and cultural centre during the Renaissance, and still is today.

It is full of students, hippies, and professor types. It is also full of pasticerrias and gelaterias, so we’ve been trying lots of local dolces. It was finally warm enough today that we had our first gelato since getting to Italy. No, it was not vegan. Yes, it was delicious. Stephen felt a bit weird eating it, but I confess, I just wanted more.

There is also a great health food shop that might be called I ♥ Bio, where we managed to buy seitan, vegan lunch meat, almond milk, almond butter (the first time we have seen any nut butter since getting to Italy) and muesli. Hooray!

We are currently trying to organise our ferry trip to Croatia. Looks like we’ll be sailing from Ancona to Split on Friday night if things go well. The potential spanner in that plan is that we’re waiting for a GPS doohickey (the technical term) for our iPad that is being sent to a friend of our friend Luci, who lives in Ancona. The latest news is that the doohickey is in Italy, but the Italians need some more information before delivering it. If it doesn’t arrive on Friday, I guess we’re spending the weekend in Ancona.  


  1. Comment by sarah

    sarah April 17, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    I love the yoga poster!

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane April 18, 2013 at 6:19 am

      In Italy, Yoga is a brand of juice, which is ironic because actual yoga is not very popular there. A little cafe we went to had a yoga tray and yoga napkin dispenser in its window.

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