It dawned on me that I haven't mentioned the most exciting part of my summer! A few months ago, John's family invited me to Italy with them and...there wasn't much arm-twisting there ;) Maybe I haven't written about it because it hasn't quite seemed real until now, but as the departure date approaches I'm getting more and more excited. There will be 10 of us on the trip: John, me, John's parents (Margaret and Bob), John's sisters (Sara and Laura), John's grandpa Hank, his aunt Linda, his uncle Gordon, and his cousin Veralee.
I was lucky enough to have visited Italy 3 years ago with the Colby College chorus, singing and eating our way through Rome, Florence and Como. It was just a dream. I feel so lucky to be included in this trip, to be able to return to this amazing country, and to be with John and a family that I adore.
John and I are leaving on June 17th (the day after his med school board!) and will meet everyone in Tuscany. I'm excited for John to be able to unwind and celebrate after working as hard as he has. I'm excited to get to know his family on a whole new level. I'm excited for all the memories we'll make, the food we'll eat, the things we'll see. But what I'm most excited for is watching Sara and Laura experience international travel that's tailored to them. We're traveling with a special company called "Accessible Italy" whose mission is to " promote respect, awareness and accessibility for travellers with disabilities...creating a barrier-free environment (architecturally and socially) throughout all segments of the travel and tourism industry in Italy." Europe is extremely difficult (even impossible in some places) to navigate in a wheelchair, but this tour company will make it easy for them to enjoy Italy without worrying.
Here's hoping my pain takes a vacation elsewhere and lets me enjoy this trip to the fullest. I'm actually bringing along a wheelchair just in case the walking becomes too much for me to handle (something I wouldn't have allowed myself in the past) and I'm off to buy a working camera so I can share the memories with you all. Do you have any trips planned for this summer?