Well, I returned Saturday night from my last few days in Europe this time around, nearly 6 weeks. Spending as much time as possible with Rosa was the goal. She, of course, had to guide each day and yet and most importantly, we found time to spend with each other, and we did in our little pad we had this time around. Yes, it was a time of melancholy, once again, I left another piece of my heart in Rome, figuratively. I remember starting out when I checked in for my flight at the beginning of March, with my two larger bags, having right up to the weight limit allowed 50 lbs. each and when I left Saturday, the weight cut in half. No, I don’t travel heavily, normally, if I can help it. However, I am not the best packer ever, even though my advice for packing is to lay everything out and then cut it in half, which I try to abide by, but lately, it has not worked too well, even though I have traveled as much as I do.
I have every intent of finding my way to Rome on a more permanent basis, as you know, so each time I bring things for use later and in this case, and while I brought some things back, I left a lot and got rid of a lot along the way. They also say that getting rid of things along the way is healthy and yes, things can be replaced, if needed. Europe has the brands Americans need, and their own versions including V-8, which I shared about last week. Living with less has been a good thing and soon enough, that will even be reduced even more. In the end, I want to be where my heart is, which each time, I leave a bigger piece and all the things in the world don’t matter compared to my relationship with Rosa.
I also had chances to this past week before departing Rome to explore some more of the city and neighborhoods, new to me and she and I took walks together or hopped on the busses around the city, which, while she was working, I also did. I checked out a few hotels, including one in which I have clients staying early next month and she will be guiding them while they are in Rome over a couple of days. The thing that I truly enjoy, when all is said and done, are the simple things, having a gelato together, or a slice of pizza or frittura, what frittura, generally calamari and shrimp breaded and fried. Not exactly healthy, but very tasty having this. I also find it funny that when I was on my flight back to the states the other day, and I wanted some sparkling water, yes, needed the bubbles, I could not think of the English, and almost blurted out Acqua Frizzante. I am so used to hearing Italian now, even though this last stint was less than two weeks, but it is a part of me now.
As a review of my time across the pond and I will return in a couple of months, both business and personal, I have so many amazing experiences which I had and the people with whom I connected personally and professionally. The meetings I had, the cruise with Rosa I took, the three conferences I attended, the time I spent is 10 countries with the different languages and cultural experiences I had, have provided me with amazing memories and solidified my desire to return, which you all know will happen and in 2 months’ time. However, I have many things to accomplish in the months ahead before I leave again, and this includes completing the application for the residency visa in Italy. It is crazy to have just unpacked and will be packing it up again in a month to hit the road, but those experiences going forward will be shared in future posts.
For now, the focus is my clients, getting them ready for their travels, welcoming others home from their trips abroad and enjoying every moment that my life brings as hectic as it is and which I welcome. Being busy with business on many levels, allows me to do what I absolutely am passionate, keeping my mind occupied with the tasks at hand, as my love is across the pond, my life is full, doesn’t allow me the time to idle about it. So, in the end, the goal is to be there, and yes, I will be. I am ever so thankful for what has happened in weathering this crazy storm called life and know that there is a reason for what is happening. I could not be happier, even with all the stress. I make sure all the I’s are dotted and t’s crossed both for my business and personal life. In the end, everything will work out. I promised Rosa, I would eat healthily and walk, and not just sit at my computer all day, and I have every intention of doing so, as I truly have something to live and to look forward to (sorry for the dangling participles). Horrible for a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, the other venture I will be starting, hopefully this summer or fall once “settled”, but as you know with my nomadic life, it will still be a while. I never thought I would be a digital nomad, but here I am and there I go!!!
As always, stay safe, stay healthy and always look for the best in a situation and be patient as the best things in life are worth waiting for. Thank you as always for your support of my crazy little world and my small business. As always, I look forward to your comments, questions, concerns and continuing the discourse through whichever means you read my posts!!!
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