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My bags are over-packed, I'm ready to go.....

Well, my suitcase is over-packed and after a hard afternoon at the aesthetician -- manicure, pedicure, eyebrows, etc. -- I think I'm finally ready to leave for Italy.

And not a moment too soon!

I even have roughly 200 hours of movies, documentaries and interesting British TV series downloaded onto my netbook, courtesy of my friend A, who for reasons known only to himself, thought I would need that many hours of fine viewing.

I'm sure the 15-part doc on the history of Britain will help while away the hours on the plane, especially if there's another volcanic eruption and I'm stranded somewhere. Or, if it rains a lot and my traveling companion Philippe and I are trapped in the house for long stretches. I only have so much conversation in me. Mind you, that would be prime blogging time!

And I do intend to blog (so consider yourselves warned.) I think I'll have ample material and I do enjoy reading other bloggers' tales from the road.

After a brief visit to Frankfurt for about 24 hours, I'll be heading from Rome's Fiumicino airport straight out to Perugia by bus. Haven't tried this before, as I'm a devotee of Italian trains. But I need a change, and I expect that this will be loads of fun. Or at least, make for interesting stories someday.

Then, a week in beautiful Perugia, the capital of Umbria, including a 3-day workshop on Umbrian textiles. My friend Philippe has booked at the same hotel in Perugia as me and will join me there for a few days before we head out to the house we've rented in Anghiari, a small town which is on the Tuscan-Umbrian border. border.

After a week there, including a day trip to Urbino where I hope to meet Giulia, it's back to Umbria for a full week for me. P. is coming as far as Letizia's for a few days, then I'll head down to Mary's and P. will head to Florence.

And I'll wrap things up with a few days in Rome, including a Context Rome seminar on Caravaggio. I can't wait!

I always travel solo, so this will be an interesting test of my ability to compromise, or at least make conversation over coffee in the morning. But I have a gut feeling that this will all be fine -- and if not, I'll plug in my headphones and start watching that documentary on the history of Britain. It actually looks quite lively......

Comments (10)

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Sandra, how very exciting to be on your way. It looks like you have a wonderful itinerary planned for yourself. I'm looking forward to reading your entries while on the road and when you return.

Safe travels and have a wonderful trip.

So glad you're going to blog! Safe travels and have tons of fun. I bet you won't need to watch that documentary...

You are probably already on your way. I hope you have a safe, smooth and uneventful travel to Italy. I'm looking forward to your posts.


Thanks Kathy! I'm going to have to get up early to get everything done!!

Thanks, Annie -- I have a 5-hour layover in Montreal before my overseas flight, so I just may make some inroads into the docs before I even reach Italy!

Hi Marta, I'm reading (and responding) to your note on my netbook as I sit in the Ottawa airport. This trip will be a real test of it -- and so far, so good. I've already learned that it has quite a lot of storage capacity (given all the movies and docs my friend stored for me!)

Have a great trip Sandra! Looking forward to the posts!


Safe travels, Sandra! Along with the others, I will be watching for your blog posts!

Brad'll Do It:

So many of my favorite people, met and unmet, in Italy at the same time, and never the twain shall meet. Palma, Jerry, Sandi, Marcia and Dave, Ida, and SandraC, who shall be the only one missing at the Bologna GTG on Wednesday.

200 hours???? If you decided to spend 6 hours a day watching movies, you would have 33 days of movies available! What was he thinking? OR could he just not choose which not to add from his prized collection?

Hope your flights are smooth.

Bon voyage -- if I knew Italian I'd write it here! Safe travels and I, too, am glad you will be blogging. I'm so excited -- I think I need a vacation when I am living vicariously through a blog buddy....enjoy! m

Gwen Dambrofsky:

Hey, Babe, hope you're having fun and that Frankfurt was productive. Have a glass of wine for me!

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