I cut myself shaving (Sicily part 1)

The day began like any other, I suppose, get out of bed, shower, shave — errrr, crash! For some inexplicable reason (though carelessness is probably at the top of the list), I cut myself shaving. But it wasn’t just any cut you see, this one had me lying down, with pressure on it for over…

Travel anxiety

Yes, I suffer from travel anxiety. I shouldn’t, I’ve done this a dozen times (to Europe), and countless times domestically. But, I’m already making myself nervous/anxious for lots of reasons (1) I know I won’t get to sleep for another 28 hours (2) not looking forward to walking around Milan for 8 hours till I…

Preparando per il Grande Viaggio

Saying goodbye, if only for a little while (in this case 3 months), is every bit as important a part of preparing for a trip as making a packing list. In my case (as with others, I’m sure) it means spending time with friends and family each weekend before I actually depart. It also means…

Flying to Sicily (leave your bag behind!)

Well, that was an education. Over the years I’d heard about low-cost airlines such as Ryan Air before, but I’d never had occasion for a first-hand dealing. The long and short of it is that it costs roughly 50% more for my checked bag to fly from Torino to Trapani and back than it does…

Three Months in Italia

On 8 March, 2016, I’ll leave my quiet little home in suburban Denver, setting out, once again, for Italy. The next several months worth of posts/pictures will be a chronicle of my in-depth visits that span from the far north (Valtellina, Lombardia) to the far south (Marsala, Sicilia), and most wine regions in between. At…