I am sorry I have disappeared! I had almost three weeks off and tried to take time off the computer to make my tendinitis better. Unfortunately, it seems much worse now that I am back to work… I did have a great three weeks off, though, part of it spent here in DC and on the Maryland beaches, and part of it in Norway. Having my sister here was a blast and a staycation is awesome! Everyone has been raving about the unusually cool and dry summer here in the US capital, very different from the usual 95 degree heat and lots of humidity. This proved especially wonderful when a visitor was in town, and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly.
Anyway, I just wanted to write a quick post. I have excitedly following my blog friends either on their trips to Italy (Girasoli, Palma, Jane) or as they plan them (Sandra is one of them), and I have to say that I was particularly excited when Andasamo told us that she had indeed jumped at the chance of spending three weeks in Italy (Florence, to be exact) in October! How fun. This also made my own desire to go back to Italy stronger.
So now, four years after I last set foot in Italy, I am thinking very seriously about going to Italy in May! I have my 5 year reunion for my program in Bologna and I don’t want to miss it. The lose plan so far is to spend time in Italy as well as visits to Austria and Germany (Bavaria.)
The big question is of course – where to go?? Bologna, naturally, is the most important stop. I think I will book a room at an economical place, either Albergo Garisenda or Albergo Drapperie, for four nights. Both are very central and very reasonable. But after that (or before, depending on how I structure the trip) I have no idea!
Some options: I adore Rome. I love Venice. I am obsessed with southern Italy and want to go back. I have never been to Piemonte and I have been saying for three years that I want to stay at Diana’s BB in Acqui Terme. I really want to visit places like Urbino and Ascoli Piceno. I have friends and great memories in Vieste in Puglia, and I haven’t been to Lecce and many of the other towns in Puglia. There are lots of places in Tuscany I haven’t been. I wouldn’t mind going back to the Friuli either (San Daniele ham, anyone?) My roommate from when I was in Bologna now is back in her hometown of Belluno (in the Veneto), also a new place for me.
All I can say is: this will be FUN! Both the planning and the trip. I am also excited to see Austria and Bavaria, areas that my bf knows very well and where he has friends and where he went to school for a while.
Maybe I should make an online poll? :) For now, I will happily follow Sandra as she plans her trip and then takes off in September!