|Make-believe giant chocolate|
We have pretty much exhausted this area, so it's becoming a bit repetitive. Again, it was muddy: we walked along country lanes surrounded by crop fields, many of which at this time in the beginning of spring are freshly ploughed in preparation for seeding.
Again, and I'm certainly not complaining about this, the sky regaled us with a spectacle of its own - what I like to call 'skyscapes'. I've built up a nice of collection of them by now.
Whenever we're not too interested in the surrounding landscape, Gianluca fills the gap with 'conversation'. He proceeded to recount 13 billion years of the history of the universe, from the big bang to the evolution of humans, that he watched on a documentary at integrated science class in school. We mentioned the ice ages, dinosaurs and the survivors of the cometary impact 65 million years ago, including insects (I awarded them the title of the most successful life form on earth). I pointed out that he was taking some shortcuts, especially when he jumped from the formation of the first molecules to the formation of the first living cells. I can't help it, being a pedant is my main role during my stay in the aforementioned universe. We discussed the radio echo of the big bang, the senses and which of them are the most important, whether it would be a good thing not to feel anything at all (and thereby avoid feeling pain)... Quantum dynamics came into the picture. Here, it was my cynical side that came to the fore. I remarked that any seller who mentions the word "quantum" while marketing their product is almost certainly a fraud. No one understands the concept except physicists.
And so the merry conversation went. For the first time we walked two separate paths during the last couple of hundred metres towards the car. We took pictures to commemorate the event.
|Gianluca is the tiny speck to the right of the fourth pole|