Archive for September, 2006

Moment of Realization


I REALLY need to get on my Italian studies… I’ve been terrible at it. I’m the girl who passed the exam for the CILS (Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera) in Siena almost two years ago, but right now I’m SO not where I used to be. I’ve got to crack the whip and hit the books. Because in just a few weeks I’ll be in a country that is shaped like a boot, and the language might come in handy – I’d like to be able to understand some of my classes.

3 comments September 7th, 2006

Happy Birthday to MEEEEEE….

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Sept. 5). Your power grows. It’s practically effortless to develop strengthening habits because of an overwhelming drive to improve yourself in the next four weeks. Relationships sparkle with wit, charm and potential. Through November, you’ll explore and decide the best way to “get serious.” July features a cash prize. Libra and Taurus people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 16, 45, 11 and 2.


AND, it appears that there are angels all around. The Visa situation is being tended to in San Francisco. Thank you angels!

6 comments September 5th, 2006


Last night, at a wedding, I saw a beautiful woman with long, dark, curly hair – and a very familiar face. She was with her equally familiar husband. I spend a lot of the night wondering how I knew them, when it finally dawned on me.

They had stood behind me in line, two and a half years ago, March 2004, in the Malpensa Airport in Milan, Italy. We had been waiting to check our bags in, and she had I had started chatting in Italian and talking about our travel experiences.

I can’t believe I remembered her. I approached her later in the night and explained how I think I knew her. She gave me a strange look, paused a few seconds, and then the light went on in her eyes and she knew exactly who I was. Her husband recognized me immediately. Is that not the strangest thing? You don’t just chat with people in an airport and actually remember them two years later. It’s uncommon.

It seems that every time I start to ask myself if I’m making a huge mistake, God places these little events in my life, to tell me that I’m on the right path. It’s beautiful and reassuring.

1 comment September 4th, 2006

Si Può Fare

As I breathe in, breathe out, and wait patiently (?) for things to click into place for my leap of faith to the other side of the pond, I find consolation in reading the various blogs of other expats in Italy and around the world.
This blog entry by ‘Viaggiatore’ is something I find myself glancing at every day for inspiration.
May it do the same for you.


2 comments September 2nd, 2006

Open Doors…

Montalcino Stairway I leave in 26 days, on September 27th, 2006.

I’m not sure how I feel about that.

I should be excited, but my visa still hasn’t come.
Time is going by so fast, the departure date is getting closer and closer and I feel like I’m not mentally or emotionally ready yet.

The good news is, once I get there, I know I’ll be fine. I’ll look back on these days and think, “What was I so scared about anyway?”

And tonight (the 1st) I have a tango performance at the Buenos Aires Grill, so I get to earn cash before I go.

Whoa – since I don’t work at the bank anymore, my only paying job is Tango Dancer. Wow. For now, that is all that I am. The doors are all open… and so is my heart.

Hello, future. I understand you’ve been waiting for me…

6 comments September 1st, 2006

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