I suppose I was long overdue for a technological disaster while on vacation. :'( My less than one year old Samsung S20 Ultra felt it simply had to check out the pool (below) at the hotel in Tuscany.
The pool at Saturnia Tuscany Hotel
The front desk staff at Saturnia Tuscany Hotel brought me a bowl of rice, but no joy. Online searches suggest using desiccant packs (like what comes in new shoes) not rice, but who brings those on vacay?

Did you know that Amazon can deliver to alternate addresses? In different countries? I’d previously had Amazon deliver to a hotel in the US while on a business trip. And Amazon.it delivered to my house when I lived in Italy. This time, Amazon Italy delivered a new Samsung S23 Ultra to the hotel in Tuscany for the win to save my vacation photos. Again the hotel staff helped me sort out the delivery address format after a couple of tries.

Saturnia Terme Hot Springs

It was an unplanned vacation expense, a big one. But on the positive side I have a shiny new phone, didn’t have to wait for months for it to be delivered, and it supports 2 physical SIM cards so I don’t have to carry a separate wi-fi hotspot around. And it takes stunning photos.
Saturnia Terme hot springs


I have visited 7 continents and 80 countries. I have lived in 9 different countries. I speak English, Spanish, French, and Russian. I like to hike, ski, dive, eat, drink, and wander the wonders of the world.