almost take off.

(a chandelier spotted during last minute shopping + my packing list)

The last load of laundry is in the wash, my legs are shaved and every iDevice I own is currently on the charger, juicing up for 12 hours of travel...which begins at midnight tonight!

Ah, the signs of a trip 'round the corner! My tummy is full of nervous butterflies. Although I've traveled a fair amount, I've never been in a foreign country by myself...specifically one with a language barrier. German or a bit of French? I might pull it off. But Italian...I am screwed, and armed with about 10 words or phrases.

"Più vino? Più gelato per favore? Grazie mille."

What more could I need to say, right? ;)

By the way, I've got this nasty habit of flipping through various social media streams...even when something much more interesting is right in front of my face. (Like Pinterest could be more interesting than, I don't know, the Eiffel Tower right in front of me.) It's this weird "I gotta know what's happening!" disease, which usually ends in feeling creatively deflated or annoyed for wasting my time.

Anyone else have it? Some of my friends have written about it here and here.

So, in an attempt to force myself to be present while in Italy, I deleted all social media apps, except for Instagram. That one stays for photo-snapping. But Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, even Draw Something...farewell. If my hotel has internet, I'll pop on, blog and such...but this week I refuse to allow the internet to own my soul.

This week...this week is for spaghetti, wine and gelato. ;)

Arrivederci, amici!


  1. Have an amazing time, travel is so good for the soul! I will be thinking of you x

  2. Have a wonderful trip!! And yes, I know exactly what you're talking about. Sometimes I feel like my fingers just push the Facebook app by themselves...it's almost a reflex!

  3. you will have SUCH an amazing time! I spent a week traveling around Italy by myself during my junior year of college - I did a few days each in Rome, Venice, and Florence. everyone was really lovely and everyone speaks at least some English and usually welcomes the opportunity to practice on you as long as you're not obnoxious about not knowing Italian! just think, you can go wherever your feet take you...

  4. Good call deleting those apps. I just had my phone on airplane mode for our whole honeymoon and it was so freeing not worrying about the Internet. You had better ignore your phone because that wine, gelato and spaghetti are all TO DIE for :)

  5. Have a great trip! Looking forward to Instagram posts as I feed my disease ;). I am horrible for this too! Disconnecting in Africa was good but when we got wifi at our resort near the end I gave in and felt horrible for it! Think I need to delete the FB app as it's like a reflex hitting the button with no real consciousness!
    Ps -- Sprechen sie deutsch?

  6. I've totally deleted facebook/twitter before a big trip I wanted to be really "present" for :-) Have the best time!!

  7. Enjoy every minute of your trip!

  8. Oh! I'm off to search for your Instagram now! Woo! I can't wait to see photos! Have fun!!

    xo Kayla

  9. have a safe trip & enjoy. i loved my trip to italy (show me someone that hasn't loved a trip to italy though), its so great and yes gelato please! i once went to 3 different gelato places in one day, "experiencing the culture" of course. tip: don't get water, they charge you more for it. (bread too sometimes).

  10. @Pretty Prairie: Ja, aber nicht viel! Ich bin ein doof American. ;)

  11. Have fun & make the most of your trip! Can't wait to hear all about it once you're back.

  12. How incredible! You'll have SUCH an amazing time. Don't worry about the language barrier. You get a lot across through gestures! Plus I remember distinctly trying to speak Italian and the people looking at my pathetically and saying in English "I'm sorry what do you want?"

    Good call on deleting the apps there. Enjoy every Italian moment (and eat a croissant for breakfast with a latte for me!)

  13. So excited for you! Enjoy the spaghetti, the wine, the gelato, and being scantily clad! Well, more so than in Kuwait, anyway... ;~)

    Have a wonderful time!

  14. I am so excited for you! Honestly though, I'm also a tad jealous. ;) Have a fantastic trip, I'll be living vicariously through your Instagrams!


  15. Can't wait to hear about your trip! I just returned from Roma, and it is AMAZING. I found that the language barrier wasn't too difficult. Most Romans are willing to speak English, and if you show you've put in a little (even the tiniest) effort to speak Italian, it goes a long way. Ah! I want to go back! I've only been back in the states for 3 weeks and I miss it. Spend a little time in the Pantheon, hang out in St. Peter' Square, visit Piazza Navona and (something I didn't know about until my last day), go to the market in Campo di Fiori! I think it's from 9-1 during the week.

  16. YOU ARE IN ROME!!! Right now! I know that you are not checking your blog comments right now but I saw on instagram that you are there!! Have the most fabulous time -- you deserve it!

  17. It sounds like you will be just fine to me. Spaghetti, wine and gelato. And done.

    Have fun!


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