|Oh how I miss that sweet face!!!|
|Our last walk. It was cold but clear and beautiful and perfect.|
For the first time in over 13 years, there were no dogs in my house. I didn't know what to do with myself. But I had time off work already scheduled and it was use-or-lose. I couldn't just sit at home and I'm lucky enough to live in a place where I get travel easily.
I went to Innsbruck, Austria. The weather was highly uncooperative as far as the spectacular mountain views were concerned. At least, I hear there are spectacular mountain views.
|There are mountains there somewhere...so I'm told.|
|So I tried going up the mountain and this is what I could see looking down. It was so thick that the cable car going further up was closed and all the skiers and snowboarders were just stuck waiting around in hopes that it lifted and they could go.|
I went to Modena, Italy. It's a quaint little town with almost no tourist presence which was just fine by me. If you've seen Master of None, it's where the Italy episodes are based. I learned the difference between tortelloni (cheese inside) and tortellini (meat inside) and that you can easily pay over $100 for a small bottle of balsamic vinegar.
I dog sat for people wanting to take trips and I've fostered a few dogs needing temporary, emergency housing. It's getting more and more difficult to fly with pets and as much as I want to get another dog RIGHT NOW, I know I'm not ready. Traveling helps ease the pain of being in an empty house.
I hope to get back to blogging again. I knew that I had to write this post and I kept putting it off because I knew how difficult it would be. I promise that my next post will not contain sadness. I'm hoping that 2018 is little kinder to my heart.
I've been to the US twice (it was supposed to be one trip but a one-day government shutdown recalled me back to Italy and I had to go again) and I'm going next week. I've been able to see a lot of friends (one whom I haven't seen since 2008) and family and that's been great. Mom and Gran are coming to Portugal in June. I have tickets to see Hamilton in London in October (I WILL conquer my dislike of that city!). I'm already working on memorizing the soundtrack :D I'll be in Amsterdam again in 2 weeks (my return flight from the US happens to go through Amsterdam so, of course, I can't pass up the opportunity to spend a few days there). More adventures to be planned...stay tuned!