The other day my son sent a text: I'm in London.
After traipsing around Europe after I came back he was now into the serious mode of getting back to Australia – via Singapore.
I called him at the hotel:
Have you organised a wake up call and set your phone alarm?
Have you booked the hoppa to the airport. You have to pay 4 pounds so make sure you have some pounds.
I've already booked it, paid for it and got the ticket.
Do you know which terminal? It's Terminal 3 you know.
Yes mum I know.
What time is your flight?
What time are you getting to the airport?
Oh! I don't think that's early enough!!!!
It's plenty of time mum.
Well, send me a text message when you've checked in so I know everything is ok.
No - I will send you a text when I land in Singapore.
Cue in a sleepless night while I wonder if he caught his flight.
Yesterday, I worked out the time difference between Singapore and Washington DC and checked the status of his flight to see when it landed. Add one hour for customs/immigration and another hour for travel to hotel…. mmm – I should've heard from him. Go back and add another hour for customs incase they were really busy yesterday.
Still no text. Visions of him being held at customs because of something not right in his bag or passport. Or being extradited straight to Australia – no stopping.
Finally I gave in and sent a text "Are you okay?".
Response: Yes. I had to take 2 trains to the hotel. Ring me at the hotel room # if you want but I'm going out now.
I did ring later because I just can't help myself: Don't forget your flight is just past midnight which means you have to be at the airport tonight (the only flight I have ever missed is one where I did not see the correlation between date and 24 hour time)
Yes mum – it's all okay!!!
Later it is 3am in Singapore and he is in the business centre sending frantic email….. I just realised I told the Princess to pick me up on Sunday and it's Saturday I land and now my phone won't work and I can't get in touch with her. Can you let her know please.
LOL – I came in handy after all.
In the Piazza del Popolo, Rome there are symmetrical churches on either side of the Via del Corso, a street leading straight through the heart of Rome. The churches, the Santa Maria dei Miracoli and the Santa Maria in Montesanto were commissioned by Pope Alexander VII in 1658.
They were both designed by Carlo Rainaldi. The churches are not identical since the surface area for the Santa Maria in Montesanto (on the left) was smaller. In order to preserve symmetry, Rainaldi created an oval dome for this church and a circular dome for the Santa Maria dei Miracoli.