Sono Così Emozionante

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  1. Erin says:

    That is AWESOME! I hope you'll continue blogging from Sicily.

  2. kmkat says:

    I guessed it! (I think. I also think my first guesses included somewhere in the Pacific. Hard to be wronger than that.)

    Wowzers! What a great experience y'all will have. Here's hoping that Mt. Etna does a smallish eruption just for your enjoyment, but saves any really big fireworks for after you leave.

    You WILL blog from Sicily, right?

  3. secret agent woman says:

    Very good choice! You'll have a fabulous time, I know it.

  4. jess says:

    Oh no, really, I couldn't possibly.. come visit you in Sicily? What a crazy idea. Although, if you insist.. 😉

    Kind of relieved that I was wrong about Krakatoa; spacious- yes, uncrowded- yes, liable to explode without warning- also, regrettably, yes.

    Also? I don't really understand the semicolon but I find that throwing it around occasionally, albeit most likely incorrectly, makes me feel smrt.

  5. cathy says:

    We'll practically be neighbours!

  6. Jazz says:

    Sicily !!!

    Maybe the local godfather will help pave your way. 😉

  7. Middle Aged Woman says:

    I am doing a little superior dance here, for getting the right answer. Thank NY Times crossword puzzles! Thats to Will Short I now own the world's most extensive collection of useless knowledge.

    I am very happy for you. Maybe this will be a trend at the colony! Aaryn is headed for the Amalfi coast, and you are going to Sicily! Me next!

  8. lime says:

    as one who has moved her family overseas and back i can attest to the colossal pain bureaucracy can be but i am excited for you. what a change from the duluthian life, eh?

  9. Shieldmaiden96 says:

    I dated a Sicilian.
    I'm sorry you won't get to sample the local, ah, color in quite the way I did.

    Good memories.

  10. Pam says:

    Yay for you! That thing about your mother eating a ham sandwich soon after birth predisposing you to pork?In the early 1950's,my Mum had to have pethadine before and after birth for gall stone attacks and rumbling appendix."It was only in later years" she vaguely reminisced"that it occurred to me that you being such a DIFFICULT baby and all, you were probably suffering withdrawal symptoms, particularly as I was still feeding you at the time." Derr.What a great excuse that would have been to hit the happy weed big time (predisposed MOM!!) and be let off the hook while mother mia culpa'd her way through the groovin' 60's and 70's….recognize the Italian there?Unfortunately,I was just not interested.Bravo on Sicily…"causare" for "celebrazione" eh?? You'll all have the best time!!

  11. Jeni says:

    In your spare time while getting ready to head on over to Italy, might I recommend a blogger to you -Michelle Fabio at
    A neat blog and great blogger -writer-type person who is originally from east-central Pennsylvania.
    Loved this post and your descriptions of the "fun" involved in lining up a family to do the house trade-off with. One question though -do these people have a clue about Minnesota in the winter? Going south I would think would be a much easier transition for you, that would going north be for them. I'm thinking Minnesota snow, International Falls and their minus zero temps too. Quite the rude awakening perhaps. No, I won't tell them this though -you need the chance to see those beaches and read those lovely books.

  12. heartinsanfrancisco says:

    I'm so excited for you! And your home-to-be looks perfect, almost as if Paco already lives there.

    I would have put all this in smart-ass albeit ungrammatical Italian, but my poor brain has already gone to bed, leaving this body with hands that type sitting at my desk all alone.

    The beaches. Ohhhh, the beaches. And gelati. Do you need someone to carry your luggage, or your lunch?

  13. Green Girl in Wisconsin says:

    Shazaam! I think this will be the turning point in your life–better than interpretive dance or eating pork. And I cannot wait to read all about it!

  14. diane says:

    Awesome. I'm happy for you to have this experience, although when I did it I felt like I was living in exile. Was that a little down? sorry. I'm excited for you, honest. 🙂

  15. chelle says:

    ok for real, I read so many blogs and only yours do I giggle out loud EVERY TIME I read it.

    Italy … ahhhh that sounds sooooo awesome!

  16. Shania says:

    Have you given any thought to my marriage proposal? I did send it didn't I? Oh, that's right. I was waiting to see where you were going first. Since it's Sicily, NOW will you marry me?

    *my word captcha is tripety.

  17. Becky Cazares says:

    Sicily will be such fun! Quite the adventure. In Switzerland they scrub the sidewalks in front of empty stores and mow lawns in front of vacant houses. That's TOO clean, if you ask me. It's beautiful to look at but ya wouldn't want to live there! (For the record, I knew it wasn't Tonga, but I wanted to be different! Ya, that's it.)

  18. phd in yogurtry says:

    Amazingly fabulous plan! Gunning for April for you, too! Next time you come to Austin we'll do it! Tell me what you did here. What did you see? Where did you eat? You didn't have the greatest of weather, if I remember right. But still warmer than what you are used to.

  19. Logophile says:

    Ooooooh my!

    How awesome will that be?!?!

    Your initial impressions are right on target based on our experiences when living in Naples.

    Oooh, the agony and the ecstasy that is an American family living in Italy.
    Doing an exchange, you will be spared a bit of the worst, trying to get a phone installed, etc.
    Still, I can't WAIT to read the adventures.
    May I suggest a bit of cross-cultural reading?
    Ciao, America! by Beppe Severgnini.
    He is an Italian journalist who moved to the states for a year.
    Now, he is from northern Italy and lived in the D.C. area, so there will be vast differences, but still, as a Northwesterner who lived in southern Italy I still found it amusing and interesting.
    Congrats, how awesome, and will you have a spare room for guests?

  20. Liv says:

    the bambina and i will be visiting forthwith for a fortnight and other things that begin with fort. so there! sounds fab, my love!

  21. Voyager says:

    I said Spain, close. WOW, I am so envious. What a wonderful experience for your family. Can't wait to read about it next year.
    Strangely though, in your post the one fact that struck me most was that you don't like to wear a watch. Me neither. I hate the things. My man, however, wears his to bed and in the shower: both places he is naked otherwise. Few people today can stand not knowing the time in an instant. I (and you) are happier not being a slave to the minutes. Plus I hate the binding feeling of watches on my wrist. I wonder if we were twins separated at birth? We are both red heads…

  22. monica says:

    off course, Sicily, I thought of that actually.. but was sure you'd choose something waaay more strange..:o) didn't know the water don't come out of the taps down there though…

  23. ds says:

    FABULOUS!!! You must (please?) report fully from Sicily, as your blog will be the closest I'll ever get to going there (selfish, selfish).

    Best of luck with the bureaucratic stuff; navigating that can only make La Dolce Vita even sweeter.

    So excited for you all!

  24. Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings says:

    That will be so cool! Will you continue to blog? Sicily should provide mucho (?) blog fodder!

  25. geewits says:

    How fun and what a crazy drastic change from Minn.! Are you cool with having people living in your house? Well, I guess you must be. I can't wait to read you blog posts from there and see the pictures. Congrats on your great adventure.

  26. Bob says:

    I would love to do what you and your family are doing. I fear I will be in the Med before you, if not as long. Heading to Greece and Egypt in May for a long (25-year) delayed honeymoon.

    Color me green with envy on your sabatical. I am expecting this blog to become a travelogue. Ciao.

  27. Midlife Jobhunter says:

    Oh, too much fun. I am so jealous. No, I'm not. Happy for you and hope the opportunity will be all you hope for and more.

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