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It’s not like this Swedish-American-Heinz57 girl hasn’t been in training since marrying The Italian in 1983… but I feel like I’m embarking on the ultimate training exercise:  a real-life trip to Italy!!

I really will try to post some updates while we’re gone, but seriously, if I can’t keep up with my gigantor 27 inch monitor at home, do you think my little Droidy-droid screen is going to suffice in typing all the crazy random information that will be going through my brain while in Italy?  Still, we’ll see….

So much planning, preparing, research, etc. etc has been done over the past few weeks – I just hope I can really pull it off and make my family think I’m worthy of an Italian name… no, really!  One of my great hopes is that we will magically run into someone with one of our family heritage names in the little towns of Pisa or Lucca (where we think they are from) and be able to find a distant relative (hopefully one who runs a fabulous restaurant), and bring home some news about the cousins that look just like the hubby and in-laws… heh, heh!

Or, we could just have a great time, see some amazing scenery, eat some delicious food and call it a day.
That would make me happy, too…..