a trip by Jim R. Long
From: May 9th 2012
Until: June 8th 2012
After dreaming of visiting my Grandfather (Frank Luporini) homeland all of my life, I'm finally going to do it. Thanks to family living in the area, a surplus of frequent flyer miles and paid leave at work, I'm spending a full month in Italy. I chose this duration as a balance between my wanting to feel like I'm "living" there, and not pissing off my boss at work! I'm heading to Frank's home town of San Ginese di Compote, which I picture as a mellow village near the outskirts of Lucca in Tuscany. From this "home base", I will make as many unscheduled trips around the country. as I can muster.
In addition to all of the sights, visiting the ancestral home of nearly half my bloodline, and taking in all of the wonderful sights and history, I am really looking forward to finally using my albeit brief education in Italian, and working towards fluency during my stay. I studied it for a year at SFSU in the mid-1990's, and have dove into Rosetta Stone software over the course of the past few months.
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