Before we left for Italy, my Italian-speaking friend introduced me to a new phrase, “Non vedo l’ora,” meaning “I can’t wait to see you.” That perfectly sums up how I feel about Italy and the friends I’ve met there. I can’t wait to see them, and almost as soon as I board the plane home, I can’t wait to go back.
Fortunately, Giovanna and I visited some familiar favorites for me in Positano, Sorrento and Rome. We practically made a nuisance of ourselves at Mediterraneo and were treated like princesses at Le Tre Sorelle. The wonderful Vanda and Annalisa at the charming Pensione Casa Guadagno truly treated us like family.
We visited some places for the first time as well and I’m happy to update Good Traveler Karma with the fruits of this labor. A very special thanks to Pietro and Jennifer at Taverna Allegra in Sorrento. Go visit Pietro for a delicious and entertaining dinner when you’re in Sorrento and support his musical talent and buy one of his CDs.
It was a truly memorable experience traveling with someone who speaks Italian fluently. While I’m friendly by nature and always seem to meet people when I travel, having more of an insight into the language and culture of this country I love so much really defined the experience.
When I visit Italy I try to do my best to exemplify the Italian mindset of living each moment as it comes. This was one of the first vacations that I actually felt relaxed and satisfied throughout. We slept, sunned and swam, ate, drank and flirted. It was only when I boarded the plane home that I started to think about life back in New York. I was truly sad to leave Italy and I miss it now that I’m home. I’m ever more convinced that a life of an American ex-pat awaits me. 🙂
Special thanks to the people who truly made our trip once in a lifetime:
Vanda, Annalisa and the famiglia Guadagno; Enzo, Lorenzo and the entire Mediterraneo/Saraceno d’Oro family; Luigi and Giovanna at Le Tre Sorelle; Pietro and Jennifer at Taverna Allegra; Giorgio and the staff at La Piccola Maison; Giampy and team at Alitalia. 🙂 Grazie mille, amici! Non vedo l’ora.