I am bursting to share some recent news…we have officially planned a family trip to Italy next June. It’ll be The Professor, Little Chick, my mom, my dad and myself. I promised my husband it wouldn’t consume our every waking conversation until after the new year, but here it is Columbus Day and all I can think about is reversing Chris’s Atlantic journey next summer. We’re leaving The Americas behind and heading to Italia!
We may have to trade a few MT troutfishing days to spend time retracing ole Colombo’s trade route, but it’s such a rare opportunity that we can all get our calendars (and pocketbooks) aligned to pull this off. So it’ll be molto worth it. We plan to explore Ostia (Little Chick’s main request), Tuscany and Rome. Little Chick is researching all the ancient ruins. I am charged with brushing up on my college Italian – I think my parents are finally trying reap some return on their investment in my time studying in Italy. Let’s just say after one program in Venice, one in Siena, and two summers in Florence, I was really only ever fluent in Cafe-Life Italian. (Hello? I think they call that La Dolce Vita…very cultural.) I’ve downloaded an app to brush up on my Italian but all it’s done is remind me how much I’ve forgotten. I blame my mother and living in Texas. My mother forced me take Latin and French in highschool…at the same time. Then I took four years of Italian in college. And now I hear nothing but Spanish in Tejas. So basically at this life stage I tend to spew out some bastardized Romance Language Blend anytime I try to speak Italiano.
But my diction and my accent seem in tact so I will just say everything con entusiasmo! And a big smile. A good attitude is half the battle, no?
More details to come as we fine tune the plans, but just as sure as I am that the world is round, I am 100% certain I will be starting every meal like this:
…and ending every meal like this:
CHE BUONA FORTUNA!