A Blog in a Blog

 

Ciao tutti,

I’m coming to you from my bed, about to fall asleep. I helped put together a porch swing today for Sofia, and ran around all day. The break in blogging is because the past few days have consisted of me being at the beach, running errands, and relaxing with my family. These days are normal for me, and nothing exciting to report on. The pictures from the gallery of the beach are from this past weekend in Donnalucata! It was a beautiful beach, but Marina di Ragusa is still my favorite.

It’s a good thing that the past few days have been slow because I’m about to be busy… I have two exciting announcements!

  1. My blog post for Greenheart Travel is finally published! You can check it out here – https://greenhearttravel.org/in-italy/48-hours-in-ragusa-sicily. It is about what I would recommend doing in Ragusa, Sicilia if you only have 48 hours. I hope you learn a little bit about this wonderful place!
  2. I’m going to Roma and Firenze for a few days! I’m traveling with another Greenheart homestay teacher, and I think it will be a great time. I have dreamt of going to Roma for my entire life, and I am absolutely elated to know that my dreams are coming true. My interest in Firenze is what started this entire journey of me teaching English in Italy, so it feels like my time here is coming full circle.

I’m happy that I’ve waited one month to travel again because I feel confident enough now in understanding and speaking Italian to travel with ease. My last encounter with Roma Fiumicino airport was nearly disastrous, so I’m not very excited to deal with this place two more times. However, it will be worth it and much easier this time. It’s amazing how your common sense and confidence disappears when you’re running on 3 hours of sleep, you’re alone and nobody speaks your language, and your body clock is set to 3 a.m. in a different time zone. I’ll be much better off this time.

As for the past few days,  I have spent a lot of time at the beach, and with my family. Last night, my family and I went to Marina di Ragusa to eat dinner with friends. Dinner was at 10:30 p.m, so I didn’t get home until midnight! Dinner was at a beautiful, swanky restaurant on the sea, and I ordered prosciutto pizza. It was amazing! I had a fun time playing with Sofia and her school friend. I also met an 11 year old boy, the son of their friends, who has better manners and conversational skills than most 21 year old men. He was so eager to ask me questions, and wanted to stay by my side all night. In general, boys and men of all ages here are incredibly respectful, kind, and interesting… yet another reason to not miss America so much.

If I don’t share a post for a few days, it’s because I’m traveling! I leave on Sunday afternoon, and return on Wednesday afternoon. I’m not sure if I am going to bring my laptop because I will barely have enough time to breath, let alone write each night. I’ll be sure to share my experiences once I am back in Ragusa on Wednesday!

Also a side note… If you have tried to text me and I haven’t responded, I most likely did not get the text. I’ve been having bad luck with texts lately, so the safest bet is to wait and send it again, or try through WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. If you send something through either of these apps, I know that I will at least receive it once I have access to wifi (a.k.a when I’m at home).

Abby

 

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