With that crazy 24 hours now behind us (last-minute flight, relentless Covid checks, and tests, then there was the flight itself), we have very much enjoyed adapting to the slower Mediterranean way of life. Although the time zone transition hasn’t been fun. We stayed up past 2 am Rome time (9 pm US time) and woke at 11 am local time.

The difference between the US and Italy was so immediately noticeable, starting with hospitality. We were offered cakes, chocolate, water, tea, and of course, coffee during our stay. It would be a rarity to receive one of the items for free in the States! Then there’s the charming streets, the people, the way of life, all so contrastable and in a much better way. La dolce vita.