Posts Tagged“italy”

The guidebooks warned me about how easy it was to get lost in Venice. Not all of the streets are labeled, and there are many dead ends. You’ll walk and walk down a narrow calle in Venice (of which there are 3,000) only to just about fall into the canal that hides around the corner. When I arrived in Venice alone, wearing the backpack that got me through my Dolomites hike and clutching the extra duffel bag I planned to fill with souvenirs, I decided I was okay with the idea of getting lost. After all, my carefully mapped-out route showed…

CRACK! The thunder snapped, like a giant popping his knuckles. I jumped, my heart racing. Turning around, I saw a sight that made my heart drop to my REI-purchased hiking boots. A giant black storm cloud was rapidly overtaking the next peak, headed our way. “One, two, three, four, five, six…okay, six miles away. That’s not close. That’s not close.” I instantly reverted to my fourth-grade self, using the very scientific method of counting seconds between thunder and lightning to gauge how far away the storm was. I wondered if maybe in Italy, I should be measuring in kilometers, something…

I’ve never been one of those travelers who takes the equivalent of a steamer trunk with 18 pairs of shoes, but I do like a few options in my checked bag. In preparing for the Italian journey I’m on right now, I had to change my mindset and be okay with traveling light. Super light. Like one backpack weighing 20 pounds and a duffle (okay, and a tiny sling bag for hiking), both of which will be carryon. It’s been stressful trying to boil everything down to just a few items, but you know what? It’s also been rather liberating.…