One Holiday, a Life-time Memory

by Rene Natan

Smashwords Edition

Copyright © 2012 Rene Natan

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One Holiday, a Life-time Memory

Early June 1989, Northern Italy

Larry Burton took a big bite from his salami sandwich and turned a page of the manual entitled Learn Italian in Six Easy Lessons. He was having a snack in a small restaurant near Angera, on the shores of Lago Maggiore. With a Bachelor of Arts degree and aspirations for a photography career, Larry had arrived in Italy to get close to the culture that had produced so many famous masterpieces. First he’d landed in Zurich on a chartered flight, then hitchhiked across Switzerland with fairly comfortable rides until he had reached the foot of Mount St. Gottard. After a day spent in Andermatt looking for a ride, he’d finally climbed onto the cabin of a heavily-loaded truck heading toward the Italian border. The truck had followed the A2-freeway up to Bellinzona, where it had branched off to a smaller road. This last leg of his trip had been bumpy as the load of tin sheets often shifted from one side to the other; it had, however, given him a chance to admire the imposing mountains, the gardens filled with azaleas in bloom and the picturesque Borromeo Islands.

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