Okay Italy, we are almost on our way and we are so excited about this trip! I've perused every post on the internet regarding travel in Italy and I'm fairly certain we are prepared.
My Italian still sucks but I understand enough and speak barely enough to squeak by on. I think. The whole point of this trip is to have a marvelous time, enjoy ourselves and be as happy as is possible for the trip. I. Am. So. Ready.
I did read one *tip* on the internet that I thought was absolutely priceless. Here it is. Spread out all of your clothes in one area of the room. Spread out your money in another area of the room. Then, take half as many clothes as you have laid out and twice as much money. A good suggestion, yes?
The other tip I just loved was: Don't even try to look as elegant as Italian women because you will never succeed. Just be yourself, dress like you normally would, and protect your belongings and valuables. Makes sense to me. Above all, wear comfortable shoes, which is also quite sensible.
As far as manners go, be polite, soft spoken, say "Ciao!" "Buon Giornio", "Per Favore", "Gracie" and "Buono Sera" at the appropriate times. Smile a lot and watch your belongings. Sounds pretty simple, right?
I just love my friend I'm traveling with although I'm rather uncertain that she feels the same way about me. I just hope she still wants to go. Come what may, I am going and there is no way I'd cancel, even if Satan himself was my travel partner. I would find a way to cope no matter what situations arose. Life is simply too short to deprive oneself of the joys in life just because you don't like certain actions of others or because they are not just like you. Learn to go with the flow and life will reward you....
La dolce vita! I DO LOVE BEING ME!