An Italian Vacation-plus
My sister Cindy is in accounting/finance/information systems for a large California-based company. She lives here in Colorado Springs, and thanks to technology she can do her job from anywhere. Right now she's doing it from Italy.
This is not for a few days, or even a few weeks. Cindy and her 11-year-old daughter Julie (my niece) are in Italy for three months! One of the companies she deals with for work is based in Italy, so there is some business advantage to the trip, but for the most part, Cindy and Julie are on a three-month (working/schooling) adventure. Cindy is going to put in her work time every day, and Julie is going to home-school, and when they're not working and learning they're going to be playing.
They landed today at the airport in Verona, and they arrived safely at the working farm where they've rented rooms for the first half of the trip. For the second half they'll stay at an apartment in the city of Vicenza. This is apparently in the Northern part of Italy, not too far from Milan. It's also close to Italy's border with the rest of Europe, and a great base to travel the continent.
They're expecting several friends to visit during their 90 days, including my nephew John. He's14 and is a freshman at a military school in Missouri (there by HIS choice..I know, what kid would do that?) and he's going to spend a couple of weeks in Italy in November, including some travel into Germany. I couldn't quite work out a way to get there myself.
This is an unusual thing to do, and most of us could never pull it off with work schedules and other commitments. But Cindy has been planning this for about a year, and she made sure her personal schedule would allow it. She and Julie have also been taking Italian lessons, though my experience is that many Europeans speak pretty good English. It's kind of brave to uproot and live in another country for a quarter of a year, but it sounds fun too. I think she'll have a great time, and Julie will remember this trip for the rest of her life. Cindy and I certainly remember some amazing travel we got to do in Europe at about Julie's age, including one trip to Italy.
So to Cindy and Julie.......Hanno il tempo della tua vita! (have the time of your life!) See you in the middle of December!
We'll talk again soon. (Noi saremo ancora parlare presto)
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