Please congratulate me. I took both kids out in the stroller for the first time today!
In order to do this, I first had to turn my stroller into a double stroller, which it has never been before in its life. We got the City Select strollerwhen Lena was a baby because it can be a single or a double stroller. We also thought we’d have two kids sooner or later.
Sure enough, we had two kids sooner. Today is also Wednesday — market day in my town — and we’re out of fresh fruit and vegetables in this house. Time for our first walk… and time for a double stroller! I watched a YouTube video to figure out how to attach everything in the right places, and
pretty soon after about 20 minutes of straps and buckles and an infant wailing and “where’s my phone?”, we were ready to go!
We walked down the cobblestone streets into the main piazza. A man with a truck full of fish had just pulled up and started yelling, “Pesce! Pesce!” After some discussion, I bought three swordfish fillets for dinner tonight. The smiling fishmonger swore up and down that they were fresh from this morning and had never been frozen. Hope he’s telling the truth!
You can see the faded beauty of this old town square as other customers after me line up to buy squid, octopus, and swordfish for their own dinners:
We walked on, stopping only once for a potty break (oh my), greeting acquaintances as we went. I received several enthusiastic wishes of “auguri!” (“congratulations!”) about the birth of my son.
Eventually we reached my favorite fruit and vegetable truck (which is where I go on Wednesdays if walking all the way up to the market is too much for me or for Lena). Besides, I love the cheerful man at this truck, who knows us now and always throws a few extra strawberries or artichokes into the bag for me.
After I made my purchases, it was time to head home. As I walked I calculated that I was pushing approximately 90 lbs. Here’s how I figure:
15 lbs of produce + 25 lb Lena + 10 lb Gil + 28 lb stroller + 10 lb car seat = 88 lbs
And then I got to the final stretch up to our house and had to push all of that uphill! Talk about getting back into shape!
And here’s our market bounty this week. Zucchini, strawberries, 4lbs of oranges and mandarins, 4 lbs of pears and apples, fennel, carrots, pineapple, broccoli, artichokes, and kiwi. It’ll last us about 5 days and then we’ll be very ready for market day again next week!
All of this cost me about $25. Do you think that’s a better price than what you can get in the States? Sometimes I really don’t know whether I’m getting a deal or whether the prices are pretty much the same… except my produce comes out of the back of a truck! What do you think?