Archive for Category: "italy"
I have officially experienced utter craziness and chaos! We arrived in Rome late December 2010 and met up with my husband’s brother Dierk and his fiancee Debby (Dierk & Debby live there) and began our 5 day adventure in Rome.
Earlier this summer, I had my first extended stay in Italy, where I traveled with a tour group. Although I prefer finding landmarks and absorbing them myself, I appreciated visiting parts of Italy that many do not usually reach. There is so much foot traffic in Rome, Venice, and Florence, and I think the fact that I ran into the same classmate in Rome and Venice a few days later really proves that point.
After about 12 days of whirlwind travel through London, Paris, Lucerne, and Florence with only Rome left on my journey, I was feeling like an estranged stranger, overwhelmed by the mosaic of cultures that I had encountered thus far. I had been traveling with my best friends from high school, backpacking and tour-busing across the continent, and fatigue was beginning to set in.
My five-week study abroad experience in Tuscania, Italy last summer was deliciously punctuated throughout with adventures all over Italy. With each trip, I learned something more about myself, whether it was through overcoming a challenge or by simply letting go and living completely in the present. One of my first and most memorable excursions was to Isola del Giglio, a small island off the coast of Tuscany.
Almost as prominently featured in pictures from my trip to Italy in June as a grin on my face was my orange bag. A more stylish spin on a fanny pack, it was bright, made of patent leather, complete with a pouch just big enough for my necessary belongings that fell close to my body, and had a shoulder strap.