The Winding Journey to San Marino
Here is an interesting fact: Somewhere between all of those Italian adventures that we had on our epic European Road Trip, we snuck in an extra two TINY LITTLE COUNTRIES! The first was The Vatican and the second was San Marino. Today we bring you the story of how we got to San Marino. The journey was full of sharp and steep turns – and since we are both prone to motion-sickness, it was a gorgeous ride, but challenging to say the least!
We woke up in Ponte Nuovo, and even though we wanted to stay, we had come to the conclusion that we were meant to hit the road, as planned. Although we had absolutely loved our time at the quaint little cottage that we had found on AirBnb, we knew that it was time to go. It was only a 2.5 hour drive to San Marino, but we also wanted to explore this microstate, and then get to Venice before it got too late. Our day was dedicated to San Marino, but much of it would be spent on the road. Like Liechtenstein, and The Vatican, we didn’t plan on staying overnight in San Marino, so getting there as quickly as we could meant more time to take in all that this country had to offer. The irony of it all is that these “one day” (or rather, HALF-DAY) countries are unheard of by most, and yet they deserve some much more recognition. We had no idea what awaited us in San Marino!
—> THIS…. This is why I get so sick while we are driving!
I look at my camera screen, sort through pictures, and try to plan the next leg of our journey. This has always been a big no-no for me, but I LOVE to keep myself occupied while we are driving from one spot to another. It is almost as if I argue with my body, “No, I refuse to give into your pathetic motion-sickness”. Everyone said that I would outgrow it, but I never did. I simply learned what the triggers were, so (if I care) I can avoid getting sick, in most instances. Justin on the other hand, only developed motion-sickenss in his adulthood. I remember the bus ride in Malaysia when he got really sick for the first time. Since then we both battle through the nausea when we are winding through the mountains, or on a hot day at the back of a vehicle. Even though we know the triggers, sometimes the nausea is just unavoidable.
The road leading to San Marino was about as winding as they get. We went up and down, round and round, in and out…. Just thinking about it is making me a little queasy! As the driver, Justin had a slight advantage. And as a sucker for punishment, I was at a great disadvantage. There is that point, while we are driving, when I look up from something I am doing (reading or looking at my camera) and I realize that I have gone passed the point of no return.
…This is what happened on this particular journey.
When I finally put my camera away, it was just TOO LATE. The nausea had settled in, and every single bend in the road became a nauseating twist in my stomach! We eventually stopped at the top of a hill to rest. Often if we get out of the car for a few minutes, we can regain some “normalcy”. The only problem was that we were simultaneously trying to outrun a massive storm. We could see the lightning striking in the rear-view mirror, and the thunder was getting louder and louder. I LOVE storms, but Justin was getting nervous.
We were high up, far from shelter, and both feeling sick. Me, the adventure-seeker, was imagining us hiding out in the car while a storm moved in over us. Watching the heavens open above us “seemed like fun” to me, but Justin, the more
nervous responsible of the two of us, was eager to get us far away from the storm that was chasing us.
Here I am, walking along a wall… trying to get a good view of the storm.
Justin was pleading with me to get back in the car. This is a pretty common occurrence for us. I am his thrill-seeking wife, who often likes to push boundaries. Hahaha, I’m sure he will say that I “keep things interesting”.
And here is our son…
Not even slightly phased by the storm brewing just minutes behind us.
You’ll be happy to know that a couple of hours later, we finally got out of the winding hills, and far away from the storm. The sun came out and we found ourselves surrounded by stunning meadows and fields of flowers.
Up Next: The microstate of San Marino.