So, the Rome trip is over, the bills are almost all paid....so what is there to do, but start planning the next trip!
Actually, what I should be doing is a proper de-brief of the Rome trip, in terms of reminding myself of what worked and didn't work; and lessons learned for next time.
Lesson one: Drink more limoncello. And bring some home. And take lots of bubble wrap on the trip out, so as to have something to keep the newly purchased limoncello safe on the trip home. The limoncello that I have here at home, which didn't taste so bad before the trip, now doesn't taste great. It's supposedly made in Italy, but it certainly tastes inferior to the liquid sunshine I consumed in Rome.
Lesson two: Pare down the wardrobe a bit more, but selectively. One black cardigan is enough; one black bra is NOT enough.
Lesson three: Think about using a small, wheeled suitcase as my carry-on. I noticed on the flight back from Rome, a lot of people carrying a coat and pulling a small suitcase which apparently served as their carry-on. They all looked quite calm and unruffled by their travels. This looked especially appealing to me, as a struggled to lug my winter coat, my winter boots (too warm to wear, so stuffed in my book bag with books), my laptop, purse, etc. etc. I looked as if I were on the run. It would have been much easier to shove all that stuff into a small, wheeled suitcase. I would likely still have looked as if I were on the run, but wasn't so concerned about it!
Which leads me back to planning the next trip. To Italy, of course. (I briefly flirted last week with thoughts of southern Spain, to see the Alhambra. But not yet)
I'm thinking about travel in September, because I should be able to get away from work then, and the weather in Italy will still be good. Bologna is at the top of my list, and I've been re-reading Girasoli's blog postings, as well as trip reports by Palma, Softdrink, and other Slow Travelers to get more ideas about the region.
I very much want to see Ravenna, because the mosaics sound fantastic. And Softdrink's photos from Padua have added that city to my list of must-sees! But once in the Veneto region, I would be so close to Venice that I can't stop thinking about returning there, as well.
So now, to figure out a reasonable itinerary for two weeks. I don't want to be changing hotels too often and rushing around -- slooow travel is definitely for me!