going home to Italy every year is something I look forward to every year.
I always visit Florence, the city that convinced me to return for a semester abroad while at Syracuse University. As all college students I had gone through the shock of moving away to a town where I knew almost no one, but I was not very prepared to go to a city where I KNEW NO ONE and could not even speak their language.
For years after that event I visited Italy, England, Alaska and the far east as a tourist or on buiness. But now I try to NOT go as a tourist on vacation by as an explorer on an ADVENTURE. Yes my adventures are small. I don't walk across the desert alone, I don't take a canoe to explore the Amazon or climb mountains. My adventures are traveling solo and meeting as many people who are willing to speak with me.
This does not always work. I still remember the shop clerk in Venice giving me the shoulder shrug (that said who the h--- cares) after I explained how difficult it had been to find a sweater in large American sizes. She also refused to let me purchase an item on "display" in the window. After all these months I still wish I had walked out of the store. But I have a wish necklace and it you are granted 3 wishes than I shall wish that she age gracelessly and become large............
Adventures can be small or large. When you are going outside your comfort zone often a small adventure can be a great accomplishment.
Where do you go on adventures??
Some of the interesting people I met on my last trip
This is Frank. A very kind customer service rep. who never lost his temper or grace when clients were rude, loud and not very nice. Mr. Frank translated something I had found in Spain, so that I could understand the lengend of the "ringing of the bells"
When I visit Florence each year I stop in the large central market. Sometimes for a great cappucino at the stall that all the market workers visit. They always know I am a tourist but treat me the same as everyone else.
Most visits I stop at this one stall where you can purchase pannini's. the owner always understands my requet for turkey and swill. She always has a smile even when i am the last customer after her 8hr day. This trip we exchanged emails and i shall send her photos of her stall.
she was still not "ready" to join the email revolution.
Who have you met on your adventures that made a mark on you? I keep writing about how surprised I am that the people I meet mark my life but I dont make any impression on them.. Perhaps because they meet so many more people than I do.