Many (most?) expat families, or at least the non-working members of the family, leave for part of the summer to escape the heat and to visit family. Our summer getaway began a bit early so we could meet up with family in Italy. Saying bye to friends felt a bit like leaving school for the summer in that everyone’s going their separate ways, and although you’re looking forward to upcoming adventures, it’s bittersweet to leave your friends behind. Now that we are in Italy, it feels like we have gone from one extreme to the other.
It started on the flight. As our plane took off, you can’t help but be amazed by the desert. Outside the window at takeoff looked like this:
We were fortunate enough to fly directly to Venice. Landing looked like this:
Water. Ahhhhhh. Wonderful water. Not only were we in the most beautiful city full of canals and lagoons, but it rained or drizzled every day for the first 2 weeks of our trip in northern Italy. Normally this would be a bad thing, but in this case, it was heaven. It wasn’t persistent enough to derail our sightseeing, for the most part, but enough to keep it refreshingly cool and give us a much-needed break from the relentless sunshine.
In my last post, I wrote about the restriction on alcohol in Dubai. In Italy it seems there is alcohol on every corner. People drinking their “spritzes” out on sidewalk cafes and while standing in the street. In Verona, on the last day of school, boys were bonging beers in the street and the steps of the school were littered with glass bottles of beer and other alcohol! Gasp!
Aesthetically, Italy just could not be more different from Dubai.
Here are a few of my favorite pics from the last couple of weeks.