We are anxious to get back on our bikes again, but the rain continues to threaten us. So we continue our train rides through the Tuscan countryside. This afternoon we arrive in Arezzo, a town that I spent two months in, studying its art and architecture. Brains are strange things, the way they can remember exactly how to get to the bike shop, to the Piazza, to the one piece of Grafiti art you used to love.
In Piazza Sant Augustino, we stumble upon a group of students making flyers for a protest, "Fridays for Future". These are the climate change protests led by school-student Greta Thunberg of Sweden. Astronomy reminds us that the Earth is fragile. Astronauts who look down at the Earth realize that we all breathe the same air, we all drink the same water, and that Earth is our only home. The Moon Men tell this to everyone who looks through a telescope. We must take better care of our planet if we want to keep living on it. Philadelphia, please, we need a group of people who will protest our Fridays for Future.
We approach the students, "Cosa?" "What is this?" A man about our age, with a fantastic beard longer than his face, stands up and asks, "Are you the brothers with the telescope?"
How did he know about us? Did he hear about us in Perugia? It turns out that Federico was one of the Warmshowers hosts I reached out to, and although we did not stay with him, we still met him by this incredible coincidence. He was leading a prep session for next Friday's global protest, and loved our mission and message of unity. He announced to the students who we are, what we do, and told them this is a unique chance to look through a telescope. What an incredible experience, our arrival in a Medieval Italian town, heralded by someone who already knew of us!
It's true. Wherever we go, we will set up our telescope. We will show you the moon. We will show you the beauty of the Universe, and why it matters that we take care of this place.