Sicilia, Vengo Subito!

8 Nov

Stuff for Sicily

Or in other words…Sicily, here I come! By now, my brother and sister, who arrived in Rome a week ago last Sunday and have been making their way by car to Sicily, should have checked into the little B&B Don Gaspano that I booked last August. I’m scheduled to depart on a 5:30 a.m. Alitalia flight Thursday morning. The taxi driver will be picking me up at 2:30 a.m. (ugh!) for transfer to Ben Gurion airport. I’m thinking maybe I shall sleep in extra late tomorrow morning and just stay up until 2:30 a.m.

My sibs and I will spend four days in Sicily visiting with our relatives, another day in Calabria visiting another relative, and then we will be back on the road heading north to Rome, with a two-day stop in Alberobello along the way.

Though I travel frequently, for some reason, I feel antsy about this journey and have gone obsessive-compulsive about my preparations.

A week ago I began piling items I want to remember to bring with me on a table in my office, namely, gifts for my relatives in Sicily and all the cables and adapters I will need for the electronic equipment I’ll be taking with me.

I’m looking at all that stuff now and hoping I’ll be able to find room in my one carry-on that I’m bringing with me. Last time I flew to Sicily on Alitalia they managed to lose my luggage and it took three days for them to get it to me. The only way to make sure that doesn’t happen again is for me to schlep all my stuff with me.

I’ve made calls to Orange Big Talk to ensure I’ll have cell phone access in Italy. What if I’m delayed transferring out of Rome to Catania where my sibs will be picking me up??

I’ve been mentally packing my suitcase all week. Tomorrow morning I’ll do the packing in earnest.

I dropped the key off to my petsitter, and have made sure there is fresh litter in the boxes and plenty of cat food while I’m away.

To make matters really frustrating, this evening something got knocked loose under the kitchen sink and water began spewing out onto the floor as I was doing the dishes. Arrrgh! I didn’t budget time for this clean-up! I’m hopeless at home repairs, so I’ll need to call maintenance tomorrow morning to come out to fix this.

I really doubt I’ll be successful in my plans to sleep in tomorrow.


One Response to “Sicilia, Vengo Subito!”

  1. Domenica November 9, 2011 at 12:07 am #

    Hi lenora, we are at Don Gaspano, and the accommodations are wonderful. Giuliani is just great. We had tea with her this afternoon and enjoyed our conversation very much. She is a very bright person who has an interesting life’s journey. I’m sure you will enjoy talking with her. Don’t stress about things to bring. I’m sure everything will fit just fine in the suitcase. I had no probs fitting stuff in mine, however, I did not bring a pile of gifts like you. 🙂 looking forward to seeing you very very soon!
    Ciao, Domenica

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