I haven’t been updating much lately because I’ve been busy.  But it’s been the good kind of busy which is Italian busy instead of the bad kind of busy which is American busy.  Someday I will try to write something explaining what a profound impact discovering this distinction has made on me ,but for now, I’m just living out this dream month.


If you’re following along on social media, you know that my best friend and her husband showed up right after Whitney and Mekenzie left and they will be with me through the end of my time here.  It has been beyond wonderful to have them here.  If you have the chance to have the same bff for 35 years, take it. And if you have a chance to also love her husband, make that happen too.  I am so lucky to have them in my life.


A couple of days ago, my favorite boyfriend came to visit.  We’ve planned this for awhile, but still keep having trouble believing it’s really true.  We’re really here in Italy.  It’s been so fun.  I spent my birthday here when I first arrived, and Cliff & I also celebrated our one-year dating anniversary here in Florence.  I do not kid: I feel like the MOST blessed girl who ever lived.


This is my little Florence tradition of watching out my window when I know someone is about to arrive by taxi.


This is me being very happy and Cliff being deliriously tired.


We had our anniversary date at 4 Leoni across the Ponte Vecchio. It was the best food, with the not-best service ever, but sometimes the strangest experiences provide the best stories down the road. That’ll be this dinner. And this moment on the beautiful bridge, walking home afterwards? Perfection.


Since Cliff has been here, the four of us have done lots of shopping and exploring and spent a whole day in San Gimignano and wine country.  We’ve also hung out in our sweats in the apartment, eating panini sandwiches and telling stories from 30 years ago.  It’s been quite brilliant.

As my time here begins to wind down, I’m doing two things: 1) Trying to capture all that I’ve seen and learned into words and 2) Focusing hard on the good things awaiting me at home. This trip has been…wow, I feel lost for words.  It’s been so much more everything than I imagined. More joy, more angst, more beauty, more wonder, more fun than I could have dreamed.  (Also, more money – but I’m trying not to focus on that.)


Thanks again for following along – your kind comments and travel tips have been a great companion for me along the way.


With hope,



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