“Tourists carry maps, Travelers carry curiosity”

Buon pomeriggio, good afternoon!

I thought I’d do one last, quick, blog entry before I flee the country. I saw a little quote on an Air Canada ad (of all places) which I loved, “Tourists carry maps, Travelers carry curiosity”, and a great quote/question from Steve Jobs which I’ve enjoyed for a long time now, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”.

The answer to the second one, by the way, is yes.

Still in the process of packing, well… in the very early stages of packing let’s say. I’m working on it. Still got three hours – no biggie! Becca and I went out for a great and very filling sushi lunch (all you can eat – dangerous), so that should last me for awhile :p I’ve checked into my Alitalia flight and picked a row with no one else in it! I’m not confident it will stay that way, but please cross your fingers for me – that would be sooooo nice!

I’m leaving home around 6:30pm tonight to catch my 10:25pm flight from YYZ Pearson, direct into FCO Rome, estimated time in the air is 8h 35m on a lovely Airbus A330-200, which will, theoretically, have a camera on the bottom of the plane to see the landscape with on the in flight entertainment screen! I’m looking forward to it! I’m also looking forward to the Italian food that they’ll be serving :p

I’m in Rome around 1pm tomorrow (local time), catching the Leonardo Express into the city centre (Termini station) and shortly after checking into my hostel for the one night. Looking forward to hitting the city for the rest of the day / evening and enjoying the sights 🙂 I love spending time in Rome. My parents are joining me the following day, I’ll meet them at the Termini station and then we’ll all head to the hotel – I’ll drop my stuff off a bit earlier and make sure I’ve got the route down to make it a nice and easy journey!

And yeah – that’s the start of the trip! I’m getting excited – still doesn’t quite register that I’ll be back on a plane in a few hours, but I’m sure on the drive to Pearson it’ll start clicking. At least when I finally step on the plane maybe I’ll figure it out. Rome in less than 24 hours… fantastic 🙂

That’s it for me for now, time to finish packing, hop on a plane and… well yeah, that.