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Our week in Lecce is coming to an end. For the first time in ages, we had planned so many things to do to enjoy at most our time here: lovely cafes for breakfast to taste as many pasticciotti as possible, new traditional restaurants to try, recipes to research, and day trips to the nearby towns.
Instead, after the first sunny day, when I couldn’t believe how lucky we were to be able to explore Lecce in Spring, a streak of grey raining days followed.
Instead of day trips to the local white towns I had a trip to guardia medica (the doctor you visit at night and during festive days instead of going to the ER - I hope you won’t need it during your holidays, but this is a term worth learning) for high fever and aching throat, on top of nausea and cough (still the same cough that had been bothering me for a month). A diagnosis of streptococcus was followed by a prescription for antibiotics, simple food, and rest. So my dreams of lucullan meals got immediately substituted with grilled chicken, hot oat milk with honey, and boiled potatoes.
We are now closing our suitcases, getting ready for the night train that will bring us first to Bologna, then to Florence, and finally home.
My mum told me on the phone to that these moments happen, but now I am frankly fed up with seasonal sickness, and I can’t wait for Spring to heal me, to regain strength and my wellbeing.
This is to say it will take me a couple of days to get back on track with everything. Luckily we did find a couple of gems we can’t wait to share, so stay tuned for the updated foodie guide on Salento and new posts soon.
As I have several hours on the train in front of me, in you have any questions on our trip or in general, on everything regarding food, our cookbook Cucina Povera, or our life in Tuscany, ask me anything!
In the meantime, stay cozy and enjoy Spring!