This morning I decided to leave on an earlier train. My Eurail pass has expired and it was cheaper for me to go earlier. I did get to use it to go from Nice to Pistoia and it only cost me 10 euros. On the way back it cost 45 euros. I had my breakfast at Rosita's. She came back from her walk and I was putting all the pictures on my blog. She sat with me and I showed them all to her. We used google translate to talk back and forth. I wish that I could have had conversations with her by just talking. I showed her my blog, including the map of all the places I have been. Clarisse, Alessio and Maria Giulia came over to say goodbye. Clarisse then drove me to the train station. Thank you so much to all of you. I really enjoyed my stay and when I was leaving Rosita hugged me and said "ritorno". I did not need to ask her what that meant, I knew. Yes I will return. It was hard saying goodbye to Clarisse. I told her that I think if we lived near each other we would be good friends. She has a great sense of humor and she is very sweet. I will remember my stay for a long time.
I boarded the train in Pistoia for Via Reggio thinking that it will be a long way back to Nice, little did I know. I again had to change 3 times. The train leaving Pistoia was late, so therefore I missed the train for Genova. I had to wait in Via Reggio for 1 1/2 hours. When I got to Genova, I had to wait 1 hour, then got the train to Ventimiglia. We had just left the stop in Ventimiglia about 5 minutes into the ride and the train stopped. I had met this young guy who was from Finland on the third train I was on. He was going to Nice too, so we sat on the third and fourth trains together. He had a Eurail pass and was traveling for a few weeks. He had been in the army in Finland. We were sitting together when the train stopped. There was an electrical problem and all the electricity went off on the train. We were stuck there for 3 hours. A young lady from Ireland who was traveling by herself, started to have a panic attack. She had been sitting a few seats in front of Artur and myself. I had been watching her and I saw her struggling. We both got out of our seats and we introduced ourselves to her. She was very scared of being trapped on the train and I explained to her we were not trapped, just stopped for awhile. She also had to catch a flight out of Nice to Ireland at 10:00pm and she was worried she was going to miss her flight. She told us she was a single mom and someone was watching her kids. She also had to work the next day. Of course that just put my whole day into perspective. The attendant on the train came by and I asked him if he could get her some water. He also went through the entire train and had to open all the windows with this little tool. There were not too many people on the train, but the attendant was fantastic. He spoke calmly to everyone. He had to pry open the bathroom door with a tool for me and told me to use my phone as a flashlight, I told him that wasn't necessary I carry a flashlight in my backpack. So Maureen for the second time on my trip, my flashlight was used. The attendant told me he would stay at the door and wait for me in case I could not get out of the bathroom. I told him thank you very much. Of course no one could flush the toilet because that is all part of the electricity on the train. I let Artur use my charger, because his phone was dead. Another great thing I will always travel with now. Some people on the train were very frustrated but no one got angry and that was a good thing. Even with the windows open it was really stuffy and that's when people start to lose it. The attendant was French and he was in control. It's not easy being responsible for all those people. When we finally started again, I told Artur what a nice guy he was. I told him to go up to Eze and described it to him. He said he would go the next day. I said goodbye to them when I got off at Nice Riquier, so I don't know if the lady from Ireland made her flight. It was going to be close. I walked back to the apartment, very glad to be here.