Friday, August 28, 2015

Almost there...

The view from my window seat, thirty minutes or so before we landed. Pictures of Italy at street level to follow. ;)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Home to home

Here I am again, chilling at the airport in the middle of another continent spanning move. I left my temporary home in Arlington Friday after work and headed home-home to the midwest for a long weekend to surprise my mom for her birthday (Hi Mom!) The trip ended up being a great birthday gift for me too. There's just something nice about returning to my favorite childhood places as an adult. With all this moving around it's comforting to know there's a home back in the states for me too (even if I don't get to be there very often). I don't know if the place I'm building will ever really feel this homey.

We packed the weekend with visits to the grandparents, picking fruits and vegetables from the garden, and lots of relaxing. Of course everyone asked me to say something in Italian and I replied with my whole repertoire, from 'spaghetti' to 'gelato'. I figured they didn't actually want to hear me drone on about the potential ramifications of a Grexit - in Italian or not.

Now that I've visited home-home I'm ready to finally reach new home in Italy. I can't wait to get settled in and start making it feel like my own place. I do hate leaving but I'm ready for a new adventure too.

See you on the other side of the Atlantic!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Moving sad

Just the other day I was telling myself how remarkable it was that I hadn't yet slipped into my oh-so-typical pre-moving funk. Well, that's over.

With only about a week left in town I can't help feeling nostalgic. Yes, nostalgic for DC - it's possible. Really, this is my kind of town. It's got a small town feel, but it's also very diverse. In my building alone there must be a couple dozen nationalities represented. And of course with all those diverse people comes a lot of diverse food. I contend that nobody does foreign food like we do. Also, Washingtonians are ambitious (a mixed blessing at times), smart, and refreshingly fit. Nothing makes me prouder than a whole stream of commuters hiking up the metro escalator, just to prove to the out-of-towners that human bodies can still climb stairs, even in 2015! And there's just something nice about being in the nation's capitol, surrounded by history and monuments and idealism.

Even more though, I'll miss my buddies. Now that my Lagos friends are almost all back I'm having a lot of fun. And with this crazy lifestyle it could be a long time before I see them all again. So boo moving!

All that said, I am about to move to Italy after all so I can't complain. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I definitely plan to take advantage. And it's hard to be too sad to leave when the countdown to the Rome Gelato Festival has begun. (30 days to go!)

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Italian - check!

Well, after five and a half months I'm finally finished with language training. The testing process was painful, but otherwise I really, truly enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity. No offense to the other language sections, but the Italian section is the best. I'm definitely going to miss my instructors and the classmates who are headed to our other consular sections in Italy (in addition to the embassy in Rome there are also consulates in Milan, Naples, and Florence).

As wonderful as the language training experience was, though, I'm thrilled to be moving on. I have just a couple weeks of training left and some consultation days before shipping out to post. They even came and carted off my UAB and HHE shipments on Friday so now it's starting to feel like this move could actually happen.

If you're in DC please don't let me get on that plane without hanging out at least one more time. And for everybody else, Rome isn't such a long flight away...