A week has passed since we left Italy and we are slowly easing back int our daily routine. The two weeks spent in Italy were filled with adventure and strong emotions. After seven long years I was finally able to travel back to my home-country and be reunited with so many loved ones. It was a fantastic experience.
This trip was also my husband’s first time to Europe, which made it all together more exciting. It was so fun experiencing things though his eyes and the eyes of our three friends who decided to accompany us on this trip. Every day was a new discovery.
I will admit that travelling with a group of people resulted to be very challenging. Logistically there were many things to be considered; feasible transportation, activities, lodging, and pace of traveling. We were 5 different people with different needs and expectations, which at times made it hard to make even the smallest decision.
I think the most challenging part for me was trying to spend time with our companions, while still meeting all family obligations and expectations. This trip was not just a vacation, but was a homecoming and an opportunity to introduce my husband to part of my culture and family. Balancing the two aspects of this trip was definitively hard, but we managed. Looking back, I am glad we decided to share this opportunity with our friends. Many things were learned, and lots of memories were made.
Honestly, this trip was a whirlwind of emotions. I’ve dreamed for so long to go back “home” and see all my beloved ones, but I definitively was not ready for the flood of emotions I felt. I think the hardest part was realizing that I have missed so much of people’s lives; times that I will never get back. I was not present for friends’ weddings, or the birth of nieces and nephews. I missed the opportunity to say goodbye to lost family members, and inevitably will happen again. This reality hit me like a ton of bricks and still resonates with my soul.
Thank you so much to the MANY of you who traveled or took time out of their busy schedule to come see us. We really appreciated it. And to those we didn’t get to see, there will be other opportunities!
A few months ago I bought a Fitbit to help me be more, you guessed it, fit. Since then I have been diligently checking my daily steps and even participated in a few challenges (thank you UA WellBAMA!). I have been looking forward to recording how many miles we would walk on this trip through Italy. So much walking. One day on our trip, as I was journaling during one of our train rides, I started recording a bunch of facts related to our adventure. Things like the number of churches and museums visited, number of cities, number of planes, and so on. So here are a few facts I calculated:
Days: 16 Planes: 4 Trains: 5 Cars: 1 Ferries: 5 Subways: 18 Time-zones: 3 Regions: 5 Cities: 9 Miles walked: 121.8 Steps: 245,815 Churches: 13 Museums: 5 Landmarks: 27
Endless plates of pasta, pizza, espressos, croissants, and gelato.
Thank you visiting my blog. I will be sharing more pictures and traveling stories. Stay tuned!