After traveling throughout Italy for the past 14 days, it is time to go home. I am happy to be going home as I am beginning to resemble some of the plump women in the paintings I've seen these past weeks. The pastries, bread, cheese, wine, pasta, etc. have been delicious. The great works of art, the ancient ruins, the well-maintained monuments and buildings and the not-so-well maintained monuments and buildings are amazing. The people from each city and region have been interesting to interact with. It will take me quite a while to process this experience. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit this extraordinary country--much thanks to Dad and Marka for bringing us along.