It’s been awhile since you’ve heard from me (unless you follow me on Facebook, which I update a little more regularly). Why the wait? I’ve just returned to my home and native land after 100 days of travel. That’s over three months of backpacks, suitcases, foreign languages, foreign currencies, new sights, sounds smells and experiences. It was phenomenal. I visited 7 countries (knocked a few off the Travel Bucket List), took 13 flights, explored a part of Italy I hadn’t been to before, ate many new foods, met many great people and re-connected a bit with the life I love in Siena. A very productive 100 days, don’t you think?
Here are some of the highlights in no particular order:
– Hot air ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey
– White Nights cruise in St. Petersburg, Russia
– Visiting the sobering site of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland
– Seeing the Palio for the 4th time in Siena, Italy
– Visiting the Checkpoint Charlie museum in Berlin, Germany
– Having a traditional Turkish Hamam treatment in Cappadocia, Turkey
– Being a dinner guest at the exquisite Castello di Spaltenna in Gaiole, Tuscany, Italy
There will be more about these great experiences to come. I promise.
100 days away from the hustle and bustle of my life in Canada also gave me a bit of time to reflect on the direction I want my life to take in the near future, and the types of things I’d like to dedicate my time to.
Some of you may have noticed a new addition to the menu bar of this blog: the Hire Me menu. Yes, that’s right. I’ve hung up my shingle and am looking to dedicate more of my time to freelance writing and translating. Over the summer I’ve been lucky enough to secure a few new content creation and translation projects, but if you or someone you know needs to hire a writer, think of me.
In June I also started the wonderfully confusing process of trying to obtain a work visa to head back over to Italy for another extended period. (In my books, 3 months no longer counts as an extended period!) The process has been slow, bureaucratically baffling, frustrating and typically Italian. Right now things are at a standstill and I really don’t have any indication as to whether this visa will be a part of my near future or not, but when I do, I’ll keep you updated.
15 thoughts on “100 Days of Travel Happiness”
I just moved to Siena! Any tips on ways to meet new people? I don’t speak much Italian at all yet!
Ciao MissLiv! What are you doing in Siena? Working? Studying? Try putting yourself out there as a language exchange partner or tutor. Otherwise, try and strike up a convo with the guy who makes your morning coffee, etc. That’s what I did! Also, say yes to any invite!
Hi, I’m teaching at the international school here. Next time I get gelato I’ll do my best to make conversation!
Ahh, excellent! How are you liking Siena so far? When I’m back we’ll have to meet up. 🙂
That sounds great, let me know when you’re back 🙂 Siena is amazing, I keep waiting for a catch!
Siena is wonderful. In which part of town are you living?
I live right in the centre just off Via Montanini, it’s wonderful, great views!
Ahh, right in the centre. Excellent. Well, I hope to cross paths with you soon (meaning, I really hope to be back in Siena soon!)
Sounds like you’ve had a wonderful summer! Lots of adventures, that’s for sure! You mentioned trying to get an extended visa to stay in Italy longer – do you qualify for Italian citizenship? If so, you could get that and never have to worry about getting a working visa. If that won’t work – have you considered getting married to an Italian? 🙂
Yes, it was a wonderful summer! Unfortunately I don’t qualify for Italian citizenship and marrying an Italian at this point is out! 🙂
Sei sicura? Maybe you do qualify. http://bleedingespresso.com/2007/12/claiming-italian-citizenship-jure-sanguinishow-i-became-legal-in-italy.html
Thanks for the link. Unfortunately I don’t qualify due to people (dad, nonni) having given up their citizenship before my birth. 😦 Thanks for thinking of me though!
Che peccato! Guess you may have to find a nice ragazzo who happens to be italiano! In bocca al lupo!
Seems more trouble than it’s worth! Grazie comunque!
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