I fly out of Kansas City next Sunday, 06 September, to Detroit, where I have a 5-hr layover... From Detroit, I fly directly to Rome and then from Rome to Catania, my destination.
Today marks the beginning of extreme packing at its finest. I've already begun to stow away clothes and other things that I'm not taking with me, which has made it a lot easier to see what I would like to take.
I received an email yesterday from Manuela, the president of Catania's Rotaract (former exchange students); she and others will apparently be meeting me at the airport, and they've already started planning my welcoming party, which will be on Thursday, 10 September. It will be on the beach, a "light party", where everyone will bring their own lights and there will be candles all over the beach... I'm so excited! I can't wait to meet everybody.
California was great, a nice getaway... It was really wonderful to be able to visit my family there. I had a great time with them! I can't thank them enough for that week-long escape. I also discovered a profound love for the desert, and was always pleased to see mountains on almost every side of the city. Life in California is busy and fast-paced, but also very relaxed at the same time... It's the oddest thing.
I'll be sure to post links to pictures of California, and hopefully Sicily very soon!
Ciao, a presto!