My parents visited me for the first time in Germany, and then we went to Italy (which is what I considered my yearly birthday trip), and we had a wonderful time.
When I’m traveling, I like to disconnect as much as I can. Sure, if I have wifi access, I’ll check my email and the weather. I try to avoid Facebook, though. One of my pet peeves is when people make posts throughout their entire honeymoon. I want to shake them and say, “This is your time to spend with your new spouse, not FB!”
I didn’t blog while I was away. I jotted down some ideas, took a lot of photos, and hand wrote a couple of drafts before bed. But, I try to make travel a special occasion where I focus as much as I can on immersing myself in a new environment with people I love.
Since I was not writing on my blog during the trip, I’m excited to tell you more about it in the next few days or weeks (depending on my post-vacation recovery time). Though, I will share some highlights with you now:
- I took my mom on a German grocery trip, which is always fun(ny) because I’m not always exactly sure what I’m buying.
- I helped my dad go to a lot of German restaurants, since he loves German food.
- I planned a trip to take my parents to a country they had never been to before.
- I went to two new Italian cities (Padova and Verona) and gave another one a second chance.
- In Italy, my new German skills got in the way of my Spanish skills, which sometimes aid my low-level Italian skills. I ended up being extremely incoherent in all languages.
- I tasted donkey and horse for the first time but also ate plenty of delicious pizza and pasta.
- I got to share my new expat lifestyle with my parents.
Being disconnected can seem frustrating, but it is also quite liberating. And, after all, isn’t a vacation supposed to be about getting away?