CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3290/2/27
TitleLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws to her relatives
Date28 June 1914
Extent4 sheets
DescriptionLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws, Hôtel Kaiserkrone, Bozen, Austria, to her relatives, with account of journey for Waidbruck and on to Seis am Schlern; beautiful omnibus drive marred by two smokers; pause half-way up the mountain to rest the horses; journey's end in a beautiful village which turned out to be St. Ulrich, not Seis; a four hour walk to get to the right place or a return to Waidbruck to start again; they decide to househunt at St. Ulrich instead; they find that all the good houses are taken, but select one for future use which is perfect; dinner at the hotel (cheap and filling); return to Waidbruck to find that misdirections often occur; next day to Seis, which Aunt does not like; the Schlern Dolomite peaks form a plateau with walls and the wind is unhealthy; difficulties in driving on steep roads; description of Bozen, and abundance of good fruit; good pottery and woodwork; journey to Sarnthein, a lovely drive; picturesque village but with no sanitation; it is a cheap retreat for Bozen people; description of odd local haylofts; hay full of flowers, and tall barley; dispute between the horses almost leads to an accident; day spent in kitchen watching local bread and cakes being made, and helping the cook; architects should cook before they build kitchens; Uncle's accommodation has been improved: Maria has been in prison for wounding a woman who assaulted her; her own family and Vincenzo's are angry with her; Dr. Brock and Uncle visited Rocca di Papa on donkeyback; Dr. Brock admits Uncle should not have had an appendectomy; Mary Rossi has been in Sweden but her letter of introduction to Baroness Alströmer was no use as the Baroness was ill; Uncle has shown Amelia's testimonials to Mrs. Schmidlapp, who wants an organ installed in the Roman church and others will subscribe to it; Amelia will be able to practise in Rome; Mrs. Conklin has given birth to a daughter - her boys can escape her more easily and the girl is to be pitied; Uncle arrives tomorrow and they will try St. Ulrich again for accommodation.
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