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I got more information from Emma, my soon-to-be boss, as to what I’ll be doing exactly during my internship. She said she focuses mostly on property sales and vacation rentals leaving little time for her to focus on another important aspect: tourism. That will be my main responsibility. I will basically organize trips, create itineraries and connect with resources from other areas for foreigners. She also added that she owns a wine bar which has live music and serves local wine. She wants to take it a step further and use her bar to host weddings and possibly create another kind of tourism (perhaps wine?). That’s where my help and expertise will come in.

I can’t ask for a more ideal internship! This is a perfect fit with what I have learned at ASU in the past two years and what I aspire to do professionally. Organizing trips and planning weddings are among the things I enjoy doing. And wine! I am a wine aficionado. Let me tell you — my taste buds have never tasted wine more tantalizing than that from Calitri!

Also, I have mentioned several times how everyone in Calitri is related, right? Well, my grandfather’s cousin, Maria, is married to Orazio, who turns out to be Emma’s grandfather’s brother! How about that?!

By the way, I learned that I will be without internet access at my flat in Calitri but I will have my own desk (oooh!) at the agency with free Internet access…. so I will definitely be in touch while I’m there!

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Draft Itinerary

My trip to Italy is gradually becoming a reality. Although I wasn’t planning on having a travel companion, a good friend of mine, Kim, expressed an interest in joining me. I’m generally picky about who I travel with but, honestly, I can’t think of a better travel companion than her (well, other than Rachel!). We have traveled together to Mexico, California, Colorado and even Italy back in 2005…and had an amazing time each time.

We will probably start in Roma where I have several cousins that I want to see – Antonio and his family, Ciro and Mauro.

Then we will spend a few days in Toscana and visit the towns that we haven’t been to yet. We’ve already been to Cortona, Montepulciano, Volterra, Siena and Firenze so we will skip those places. Although we’ve already been to San Gimignano, there’s a little, cozy bruschetteria, Antica Taverna, that simply has the best bruschetta my taste buds have ever come across. While we ate there, we befriended the vivacious owner, Sergio Orlandi, who spoke excellent English. He loved us so much that he had us sample wine from a bottle that cost him thousands of dollars. So, needless to say, we will make a pit stop there.

After visiting San Gimignano, Arezzo, Montalcino, Gubbio and Todi in Toscana, we will go straight for Napoli where my cousin Dario resides. Dario is the great-grandson of my great-grandmother’s sister, Maria Luigia. Soon after my family moved here to America, they lost touch with Maria Luigia and her family. It wasn’t until recently that Dario’s family and my family are in contact again, thanks to Facebook.

After Napoli, we’ll go to Capri, Positano and Amalfi Coast for a day or two… then we’ll make headway for the best part of the trip, my ancestral town of Calitri, where I hope to stay for at least a month.

Because I am deaf, I have always wanted to meet other deaf calitrani. I recently learned that a distant relative, Katia, is an interpreter for the deaf in Napoli. Imagine my excitement when she mentioned that her mother, Luigia, is deaf and lives in Calitri. I’m going to make it a point to meet her and hopefully other deaf calitrani. This will give me an opportunity to brush up on my Italian Sign Language!

14 more days until I will be purchasing my ticket!

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