We decided to take the ferry to Sardegna so we could take a load of mail and supplies with us. It takes a lot longer than flying, but we were able to help them stock up on supplies. We are restricted as to how much weight we can take with us when we fly, but there are no restrictions when we take the car on the ferry. We took two huge suitcases full of supplies. Each suitcase weighed 75 kilos. The office instructed us not to try to roll them or have one person lift them because it would ruin the suitcases. It required two elders, one on each end, to carry them into the church. If we had taken suitcases on the plane, the limit is 23 kilos each.
The ferry left Civitavecchia (an hour north of Rome) at 10:30 pm and landed in Olbia (three hours south of Cagliari on the island of Sardegna) at 6:30 am. From there we had a three hour drive to Cagliari. It was the only way we could work it out because the ferry to Cagliari didn't go there on the day we needed to be there. The office missionaries were very creative in how they worked this out for us.
The trip back is a little easier because it leaves Cagliari at 8:00 pm and arrives in Civitavecchia at 8:30 the following morning.
We've made the trip a couple of times before when we needed to take supplies, but our preference is flying because it is much less time consuming. (We can fly in about an hour.) We call it a cruise, but it's a far cry from an enjoyable cruise. The rooms we have stayed in have been very small and sterile. We were pleasantly surprised when our room this time was spacious and comfortable. Maybe the difference was because we went to Olbia, which is a tourist location, versus Cagliari.
We took the Assistants with us since we are doing zone conferences and they are involved in much of the teaching. They are wonderful. They never hesitate to jump right in and do whatever they are asked--and then some.
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|We found the life boat and prayed we wouldn't need it.|
|One of the assistants played the piano.|
|President checked his emails.|