I’m sitting in our hotel room trying to get a glimpse of our last Virginia sunset for the next two years (or at least I’m trying…you win clouds!).

A lot of change has happened in the last few months.  We’ve left our home, shipped and stored our belongings, re-arranged working conditions, gotten visas, updated and/or canceled everything that has to do with our American lives, and spending the end of each day saying,”Wow, we’re moving to Rome…for two years!”

There are a lot of things I’m going to miss about US.  The English language being a big one along with convenient parking, Target, and the series finale of Breaking Bad… (If you find out what happens to Walt before I do, and you probably will, don’t tell me!) to name a few.  On the other hand there are also things I will not miss, like the nation’s worst traffic, getting up at 5:30am, and the general rush that we all seem to be in.

What do I think Italy holds for us in the next two years? I’m not exactly sure.  I’ve been before, seeing everything through hurried tourist goggles, now I want to take everything in and appreciate being immersed in one of the most celebrated cultures in the world.

What I do know is that not everyone gets this opportunity and we are incredibly fortunate to have this chance.  My hope is we become better people for it, and with a little more perspective on what is really important in life.

Internet might be a little touchy for the next few weeks, so this may be the last post for a while.  However, I plan to be armed with my new DSLR so I will catch you up on all the missed details…the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Until I post again, Ciao!