Preparandosi: Getting Ready

This beautiful picture was probably taken from Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence, Italy.  The question might be: How do I get there to take my own picture?  The answer is a long one,  and in some ways personal, a search to appreciate and understand this world in which we live.

Why Florence?   Florence was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, a new beginning for Western Europe. So much that happened there has led to the rich civilisation that we enjoy today.

The excitement of anticipation is rising, and so too, the anxiety of all the things that could go wrong along the way.  I have studied Italian for the last two years, and despite the best efforts of our amazing teacher Josefina and supportive classmates,  I can barely stammer Buon Giorno with nothing to say after that. In the first year of Italian Class Josefina said that we would be ready to go to Italy after 2 years of study.  I wonder now if that meant it would take 2 years to save for the trip (thankfully, the Euro has dropped significantly in the last year and makes the trip much more affordable).  I can now safely recognise many Italian words and appreciate that there many more tenses in Italian than English.  I am so grateful that so many speak English in the tourist areas.

Ponte Vecchio and the Arno  River
Ponte Vecchio and the Arno River

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I am a single dad with a very active teenager now off to college. Residing on Mercer Island and working in Seattle, Washington. My second retirement is within sight, about 1 to 2 years from now. It is time to get ready for a new adventure.

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