(Note: as you read this we are currently cruising towards Italy. That is as long as we didn’t miss getting on the boat…)
What do you get when you have an 8 hour plane trip to Europe? 8 hours of uninterrupted reading, of course. At least that’s how Kim sees it. Yes, your beloved blogger Kimberly and myself, along with my sister-in-law Christine and her fiance Jason are going on a 7 day cruise in Europe! We begin in Barcelona, traveling to Florence/Pisa, Rome, Naples, Palma Majorca, and finally returning to Barcelona. It’s both Kim and my first trip to Europe, and we couldn’t be more excited to go.
I usually don’t consider myself a nervous traveler, but planes do make me slightly uncomfortable. Facing an 8 hour trip across the Atlantic is something I’d rather not do, but I’ll most likely be able to distract myself with books and movies. I hope to make a good dent in the first book of The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. As most of you know, Kim is quite a fan of said series, and has even appeared on the well-received podcast “The Hunger Games Fireside Chat”, discussing the upcoming film and other Hunger Games related materials. As for Kim, I believe she will be bringing a total of 4 books in her carry-on, as well as another 8 or so in her luggage. Normally this would be cause for some astonishment, but as you know I am quite used to this now. I can only hope that our carry-on will fit in the overhead compartment.
Aside from reading, I’m quite looking forward to the ability to experience Italian culture and cuisine. Christine has made quite the itinerary for us to follow at our ports of call, and we will be renting a car in Rome to see the sights. Jason and I get to drive the rental car, and I’m quite interested to see how driving will be in Italy. Fortunately, we’ll still be on the right side of the road, although the kilometer/mph change will be disconcerting at first (how do you say “I meant to go 100 kilometers an hour instead of miles” in Italian?)
Additionally, we’ll have an extra day or so ahead and after our cruise in Barcelona. My sister recently returned from a semester in Spain, and although she never went to Barcelona, the stories she’s told me about the people and culture seem to be really inviting and exciting. Unfortunately, although she spoke almost fluent conversational Spanish, I can speak no more than a 1 year-old Spanish baby would. Hopefully we can get by on some good ol’ fashioned English.
So, next time you hear from me I will be a world traveler (ok, not exactly world, but more than I’ve seen before). Until then, happy reading and bon voyage!