Every year, I head to Italy with a long list of things I want to see, and do. The to-do list often looks the same, because I never quite accomplish my goals. Here are just a few: try eating tripe; try new gelato flavours (it doesn’t always have to involve chocolate); find a nice Italian husband; buy tea towels; stop wasting half the morning by sleeping in.
I’ll be leaving soon for Italy and this year’s list looks strikingly similar to that from other years. BUT I have a renewed vigour to accomplish that last goal, thanks to Palma’s inspiring example.
Palma, a dear fellow blogger, shames me by her excellent use of time. She seems able, even on vacation, to be up around 6 a.m., and accomplishes a lot. (I pinched this photo from her blog, naturally! It was taken at Genius Loci, Umbria, where I'll be next month.)
This year, I’d really like to do the same. Can you imagine? For once, I could see gorgeous Italian sunrises. I would have more time to drink more coffee. I’d get dibs on hotel breakfasts because I’d beat everyone else down to the buffet. More ultra-sweet Italian cookies for me! Maybe even go to morning Mass once in a while. Avoid the worse of the June heat.
Best of all, I could feel smug. People who rise early often have that look. I’ve kind of admired it.
I vow, here and now, to get up at 6 a.m......or thereabouts.....daily, or at least once a week (no point in being a fanatic) on this trip.
I’ll document my progress as I go along.