After two weeks of running errands in Berlin, I am off to Italy for two weeks. This is a gift to myself for taking a year off from life and finishing writing my Ph.D. It is not a two-week vacation, mind you, but a two-week conference devoted to literature and theatre. What is in store for me? Papers, lectures, discussions, readings, plays. But also: Italian food three times a day (and I am planning, in an Elizabeth Gilbert manner, to really have a relationship with my meals there!), excursions to towns in Piemont region, and much quality time spent talking with new and old friends. I can’t wait and am giddy with anticipation all day today, as I am flying from Tegel tomorrow at dawn.

I remember I was dreaming of Italy last year and thinking it was about time I went there again: I spent a magical New Year’s Eve ice-skating in Milan once  and had a couple of gorgeous weeks in Tuscany in the summer. Exactly on my birthday in dreary November I received an email saying I’ve been offered a scholarship to attend this conference in Italy and I thought life is good and I’m one lucky girl. Ever had experiences like that?

Happy Friday!

Smiles, Marta.

P.S. I’m rehearsing my Italian pronounciation today by listening to Eros Ramazzotti and Andrea Bocelli. Enjoy!

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7 Comments on Off to Italy

  1. I am so happy for you. Italy is my favourite country and I always feel so at home there.
    Your programme sounds so exciting, how I would love to be along with you.
    This is the perfect holiday to me, where one learns and is with great minds and joyful people.

    Have the best time

  2. thank you for your kind words! I’m leaving in less than 6 hours and am barely alive I am so excited! smiles! :-)

  3. Hi Anika,I saw your post at My Bella Vita so I decided to fololw the link to your blog.I know exactly you mean by love for a country. For many years, and it’s still the case, I have been in love with Spain. I lived there for 2 years when I was in my 20s, and I have traveled there countless times just so I could get my fix.It’s funny though, as much as I still love Spain, I am starting to feel that Italy is taking over in my heart. It’s exciting because I have a whole new country to explore, and this time around, it’s all connected to my heritage. Why did it take until now for this to happen? I don’t know the exact answer to that question. I do know that this love affair with my ancestral roots has energized me and I feel very much like I did at 15 when I discovered Spain. La vita e bella!Jennifer