Originally Posted by nonsubmissivewife
Today a friend and I started our plans for a trip to Italy in February. I can't even begin to describe how crazy excited I am! I never been out of the country...aaaahahhhhhh!!!!!
That will be wonderful, NSW! I went to Italy 15 years ago...Florence and Venice. It was a lovely trip. I especially enjoyed seeing an Italian friend I hadn't seen in years, the scenic countryside dotted with gnarled olive trees and tall, straight evergreens, women walking around Florence in massive fur coats and high heels, motorscooters, and great artwork I'd read about in books! And the cathedrals with body parts of various saints were fascinating in a ghoulish way. Very memorable...and so different from home.
Today, unfortunately, we are without potable drinking water due to flooding in Iowa. To top it off, my child started vomiting at 2:00 a.m. and so we've been up since then. His daycare said a teacher and another child are also out sick, so it could be the flu.
Luckily, we are much better off than people in Pakistan and China, where apparently many thousands have died due to flooding. It is at times like this that living in a wealthy country with excellent infrastructure is especially beneficial. Sadly, one reason flooding is so bad here in Iowa is that city governments persist in allowing people to BUILD IN FLOOD PLAINS EVEN WHEN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT ASKS CITIES NOT TO!!!!!