What an amazing ride!
I'm tearful entering in my last blog. Sharing this trip with all of you made it much more meaningful and I both enjoyed composing my thoughts and getting all of your sweet and funny comments. Arriving at the SeaTac airport just feels like coming home and though I'm reluctant to leave my adventure behind me, I am grateful to have such wonderful people and pets to come home to. Monica brought Han, Leia and Reba to the airport to greet me. They had quite the vacation at Friendly Grove Luxury Resort for Pampered Pets. Han had his 6th Birthday party there with all his canine pals. Lisa and the girls went all out! Loki was not his usual standoffish self when I come back from vacation. 3 weeks without me made him quite the cuddlebug. But that only lasted about 24 hrs.
I still sometimes slip into my pathetic broken Italian when chatting with people. I miss hearing that lavishly smooth language all around me, even if I don't understand most of it. And, I cannot get back on Pacific time. I've been rousing between 1 and 3 AM hungry and trying to remember what town I'm in. Then Leia kicks me and I recall my cozy present. Monica seems happy with the new AM Cherish, though a bit baffled. Yesterday, I had breakfast, coffee and lunches for both of us made before 5 AM. Thanks for all your thoughts!!
I will be posting my pics on snapfish and I will post the link as soon as I get them al up!
Weight gain: 0
Weight loss: 5 lbs, seriously, despite my enthusiasm for wandering, I ate such a tremendous amount of pasta and bread. I just don't see how this is possible, but I'll take it.
Things I miss about Italy:
Frizzante (sparkling water) at every meal
Wine, wine everywhere
The way r's roll off my tongue so naturally when I hear it all around me
La dolce vita
Sunshine almost everyday
The character and history of almost every building I go into
Going everywhere on foot
Christmas season that does not smack you in the face around every corner with ads, music and decorations. It was very mute compared to our commercial holiday.
Did I mention "Ciao Bella"
Things I am happy to be home for (other than the obvious Han, Leia, Loki, friends/family):
Normal toilet seats
My iPhone - though I did surprisingly well and only had one relapse back in Padua when a man on the bus had my same text message bing. I almost took him out just to touch his phone. You guys probably won't believe this, but I am conflicted on getting it back, it has been very liberating.
My comfy princess bed
FaceTime with Josh and my favorite Italian, Sarah
Washer/dryer- can ya believe I did my laundry by hand, I usually struggle just getting it in and out of the dryer.
Wednesday Italian night
A fresh outlook
Arrivederci Italy Blog buddies! Cherish-a