We Could Slip Away, Wouldn’t That be Better

One of the best things to do after getting engaged may be to leave the country.

A few weeks after announcing our engagement, we bought plane tickets for a long awaited trip to Italy. Every year, we talk about going to Italy. Every Fall, we say, “Let’s go to Italy next Spring!” and each Spring, we say, “You know Fall is really the better time to travel”. And the result is that we never actually go.

Part of the problem was that Italy offered too much to do, see and eat. How does one narrow down where to go when there’s Rome, Venice and Florence to choose from.

Those three cities are just the beginning. There’s also Naples, where Mr. WholeHog’s grandmother is from, and as big fans of Neapolitan-style pizza, going on an Italian pizza tour was certainly tempting. Reading Heat of course meant that now we had to go to Dario Cecchini’s butcher store in Tuscany. Friends returned from a trip to the Cinque Terre, raving about the coast of Liguria; others touted Bologna as the place to eat in Italy. It felt like we’d need a month’s worth of vacation time, since we aren’t the kind of travelers who feel like 2-3 days in a given place is enough time to really get a feel for it.

Unable to choose where to go in Italy, we simply put the decision off. But this year, we took action. We set out dates, bought a guidebook (or four), and found flights. Considering the sorry state of the US dollar and the meager vacation time my company initially provides, the last few years of indecision have actually been a boon: we’ve saved up enough money to go and hoarded my vacation days so that we can take a full 2 weeks (and still have time for my family’s annual stay in Tahoe).

The timing turned out to be fortuitous because Italy offers the perfect answer to pestering questions about a wedding. We simply say, “We’re really focused on getting to Italy right now”.

It’s the truth. Travel planning is daunting for us – perhaps just as daunting as planning a wedding. We can focus on the wedding, if we want to, on the 14 hour flight to Italy. There’s plenty of time.

One thing we already know about our wedding is that it will be untraditional and in a way, this trip is another unconventional step: it’s like going on our honeymoon first.

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2 Responses to “We Could Slip Away, Wouldn’t That be Better”

  1. sarah Says:

    I’m glad you’re making the trip, i agree the planning could go on forever. I can’t wait to live vicariously through your photos / stories.

  2. sarah Says:

    I’m glad you’re making the trip, i agree the planning could go on forever. I can’t wait to live vicariously through your photos / stories.

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