Italia here I come!!

My plane ticket is booked. That means, this summer (August to be exact) I’ll be taking my first solo trip to Italy. I can’t even begin to describe how much I’m looking forward to this trip. It has been 10 years since I visited last and as hard as it will be to go this summer without my father, I can’t help but feel how important this trip will be for me.

In the summer of 2006, I took a “career vacation” from my job in Music Publicity to decide if it was something I really wanted to continue pursuing. When it came time to make that choice my father was diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer. I put everything on hold in order to be there full time to care for him during his illness. I don’t regret the decision I made. As hard as it was, if I had to do it all over again I would because through that experience we grew even closer than we already were. He was always so proud of the fact that I embraced his Italian heritage. He always made sure to tell me that no matter what; I would always have a home and family in Italy that I could turn to whenever I needed. I have this unexplainable connection to my father’s town, and even though it’s been 10 years, I remember it so vividly as if I were there just yesterday. My cousin tells me the town hasn’t changed which, for me, is so reassuring because my life has been flipped upside down and I have spent every day trying to adapt and move forward – it will be nice to see that some things don’t change.

I’m looking forward to spending time with my family in Italy. I have so many fond memories of the time spent with them and I trust there will be many more to come. I have a feeling that this trip will be life changing for me. I’m at a crossroads in my life, and I’m not sure where I’m headed next. I hope that this trip will help me feel closer to my father and also help put things into perspective and clear my head so that I can make the choices that I need to make. It’s been a hell of a couple of years and I’m definitely due for some magic that only a place like Italy, more specifically Carpanzano, can provide.

The countdown begins…77 days!!

  1. anne

    May 31, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Hi just found you over on My Melange…I hope you have a fantastic trip…where abouts in Italy are you going?

    My fathers side of the family were from Malta, and unfortunately there is no one left there, and the only two cousins that I know, I am not in touch with…you are very lucky to have such a strong connection, even if it has been 10 years…

  2. LuLu

    May 28, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    nyc/caribbean ragazza – I’m SO excited for this trip…I am already planning out what I’m going to bring haha 😛

    Leanne – I’m leaving mid August (so I’ll be there for Ferragosto) and will be staying in Italy for 4 weeks. I originally planned to go for 3 weeks but the return date was sold out so I’m stay an extra week (how awful right?) 🙂

  3. Leanne

    May 28, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    What great news that you are coming over. The time will fly! How long are you staying for? I hope it is as great as you remember.

  4. nyc/caribbean ragazza

    May 28, 2008 at 8:32 am

    that is exciting! the trip will be here before you know it.

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