While enjoying my morning coffee from the hillside villa, overlooking both the vineyards and the sea, it dawned on me that perhaps the reason Tuscany and it’s people are so wonderful is that they must wait. Not the impatient wait we often have in our lives…waiting in lines, waiting in traffic, or waiting to get paid. In Tuscany one must wait for the grapes to ripen and the olives to be fat with oil before work begins. Life revolves around nature’s clock.
We received word last week that an elementary school in a town we will be biking through this coming week was destroyed by a recent flood. As always, NSDU students rallied together and collected a suitcase full of school supplies that they will present to the students and teachers later this week.
Welcome 2014 and welcome to a new chapter of The Professor and Her Passport.
This should prove to be an exciting year of travel. Next month, a quick trip to Green Bay, Wisconsin, is booked (no passport needed). But in March, I travel to Valencia, Spain to present some of my research at the INTED 2014 conference. Very excited. Never been to Spain, but am very open to new adventures and making new friends.
In May I will be leading a group of college students on a study abroad trip to Tuscany where we will spend six days on bikes learning about cultural fluency and immersing ourselves in the sites and flavors of Italy.
Look for lots of photos!