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......