A Joyful Journey...

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I'm back...

Italy...from a lovely few weeks in Italy!!  

I honored my commitment to "unplug" but I must admit, it was done with GREAT difficulty. I do not ever again want to travel in a foreign country without easy access to wi-fi. It is just too difficult to navigate. I even rented a global phone, but unfortunately we were without service for more than a week. Our first emergency arose in the early hours of our initial arrival at our home "base" in Florence. We could not get into our apartment without a call to the landlord and my global phone was worthless. Thank goodness for the kindheartedness of an Italian stranger who was willing to make a call on his cell for us!!

Returning home has been far more difficult than leaving (and leaving felt REALLY hard!). Our bodies are still unsure as to which time zone they belong. I have made good faith attempts at staying awake during daylight hours and sleeping during the dark times...yet my body would so rather do the reverse. Hence my brain is challenged when it comes to doing simple tasks...like thinking. 

BUT, even with all of that, it was amazing to stand in a land so drenched in history and to walk the cobble stoned paths taken by Michelangelo, DaVinci, et al. Although Tom and I attempted to learn Italian before venturing forth, we quickly discovered that the majority of Italians with whom we came in contact spoke much better English than our broken Italian--a sweet surprise.

We traveled mostly via "foot" with a number of buses and trains thrown in. We endured days of illness and discomfort (dang, it was so much easier in our youth!) but came away with new knowledge and perspectives on our loooong history as humans. Our travel challenges were put into insightful perspective.

Nevertheless, there is truly no place like home ... and I look forward to sharing more with you next week. Right now, I must get to bed...my body is still in Italy where it is now a quarter past 4 in the morning.

[Originally posted on the Gürze Books Eating Disorders Blogs]

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