Buon giorno. I just returned from a week long trip in Italy with my husband. It was our first trip to this beautiful country and my husband’s first trip to Europe. We decided to go so we could visit our daughter who is doing her study abroad semester at NYU’s campus in Florence. I had to make all the plans and book everything fairly quickly, but it really was a once in a lifetime opportunity, so we did it, and I’m so we did.
I learned quite a bit about the Italian culture, it’s history and of course it’s Renaissance art. Now I have never studied art history, but I do know my bible since I went to catholic school and so did my daughters. Therefore, I was able to appreciate and understand all that we saw throughout Florence, Siena and Venice. I also learned much about wine as we drove through Tuscany and spent some time at a few vineyards in the Chianti region. Yes, we also drank and ate very well. The Italians do know how to enjoy their food and wine.
What I also learned was that social media really has made for a much smaller and more intimate world. Even though we were way across the pond as they say, some six hours ahead of those on the east coast of the U.S., you can still communicate in real time.
I purposely did not get a special card for my mobile phone, so I did not receive emails and phone calls while I was there. However, we easily had access to the Internet at all the hotels we stayed at as well as my daughter’s room. I found myself checking in through Facebook and giving my friends a few updates on what we were doing and where we going. Facebook also allowed me to check in to see how my other daughter was doing who we “abandoned” as she wrote on her wall. She also is a college student, currently at University of Buffalo.
Technology in general has brought us so much closer together. With my daughter in Italy we’ve been using Skype to talk to one another on a weekly basis. I think we speak more since she’s been in Florence then we did when she was at school at NYU in Manhattan. Also, in Italy I watched CNN news and got to see live some of the Chilean miners who were being rescued. Later in the week CNN did a recap and showed individual clips of all 33 miners as they came out of the capsule. The whole world was watching this!
Now we did have to rely on the Internet to get updates on the final scores from NFL Sunday. Plus there was very little information to be found about the baseball playoffs. But we heard plenty about some of the football games that were happening during the week…seems like Florence and Siena are still rivals. A bartender we met in Venice who was from Liverpool told us he is now a huge Red Sox fan since the owner of the Red Sox is now also the owner of their Liverpool Football team. He never liked the Yankees either!
So next week I will need to get fully back into what’s going on here with my business as well as with Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, etc. But at least for now through the rest of the weekend I still want to bask in the warmth of the Tuscan sun and it’s people. I am very blessed and thankful to have had this opportunity. Grazie and ciao!