This Friday and Saturday I went with my work team to Florence overnight, in the name of team work and bonding, but mostly to see some art and take photos! It was the first time I have left Markus overnight and it was both easier and harder than I imagined.
I was really worried about leaving him for two days, but actually going was less hard than I imagined. I enjoyed the fact that I had some time to my self, I even took my laptop for the train journey. No internet, but I had 2 journeys of 6 hours and in that time I got some writing done and sorted out all my photos since August. Florence was beautiful, I enjoyed taking photos that weren't of my boy and it was good to be with the team, and I think my colleagues appreciated the fact that I had come on the trip.
What was harder was the fact that I felt left out of work discussions and felt a bit insecure about going back to work in March. It was hard to explain how my life is now at the moment, I think my colleagues just wanted to hear that I was excited to be going back in March. Which I am and am not, if that makes sense. I do want to go back to work, get my projects back, but at the same time I don't want to leave Markus. But that's a topic for a later blog post. I also found that I was the most tired I have been since August. I realised that I am on "baby / stay at home Mummy" tempo and not a normal "adult walking around town and sightseeing" tempo. It was an effort to stay awake and be social. Pumping breastmilk every 4 hours also wasn't fun.
Florence was beautiful and we visited a contemporary art exhibition (the Florence Biennale), at which my colleague Bea was exhibiting. We stayed at a charming 3 star hotel in the centre of Florence and went out for a meal on the Friday evening. Bea also took us on a guided tour of Florence on Saturday morning. And all too soon I was on the train back home!