This place called Italian Fix exists because I can totally relate to people who have a burning desire to visit Italy. I’ve been that person. I’ve said, “Wow, I need to go to Italy”. Spine tingling would occur when I would hear others say, “I just spent two weeks in Rome”. Factoid: yes. Illogical: probably.
I finally went to Italy and you can read more about it from my first post. Seven years later and I now look back on that experience as an epic shift in my life trajectory. I ended up moving there, learned Italian and married an amazing Italian who was a brave speaker of the English pickup line, “Can I buy you a drink”? We now have a three year old daughter. That was some trip! And while I am not recommending stuffing a wedding dress in your luggage as you trot off on your three week Italian vacation, I am saying, “Wow, life is a wild ride”. And travel is an amazing part of that ride. So go do that.
If you told me when I was living in Italy that I was gonna build a useful place on the web to help people go to Italy, than I would of said, “What do I know?” I was too caught up in conjugating verbs to believe I had much to contribute to that conversation. Now I believe I have tons to add to the conversation.
Today I officially roll out the welcome mat and invite you inside this place. I commit to be useful to YOU, my beloved and soon-to-be voracious new readers. I will help translate your burning desire to visit Italy by helping with these things:
- inspire & solidify your itinerary by investigating stunning places to see and be
- share activities that highlight meaningful experiences & conversely point out the hype many guidebooks tout
- connect you with resources for pre-trip planning happiness
- entertain you with a dose of l’anima Italiana (Italian soul) and bring a pinch of La Dolce Vita to your house through Italian recipes, homes, and creative types
- for people wanting to amp it up with a perfectly tailor made and personalized guide to a little corner of heaven on the planet, I offer 1 on 1 help through personal itinerary planning for the Cinque Terre on the stunning Italian Riviera
What is my hidden agenda? I would ask that too. Well for one, it is an insanely compelling experiment for me. First website, first writing that is read beyond my college profs, first reaching out to people I have never met, first everything. I am so totally pumped about this project that for the last four months I have been working on making it good or thinking about how to make it good or reading about how to make something like this good. Which in turn has been a massive creative force which I thrive on cause I was born that way. Creating pumps me up. Watching others create also pumps me up.
Writing a blog is a creation that is accessible far beyond an object in a gallery or store. That makes me stoked. And of course I have future plans that Italian Fix will expand and serve you to the point where I can do this in a larger way. Watch it and grow with me.
Anyone who comments below
within the next 2 weeks deadline June 14 (CONTEST UPDATE BELOW) will be entered in a draw and randomly selected to receive a beautiful little crystal glass bought in a Florence antique store on my first trip to Italy. It has hosted many tastes of limoncello and grappa and whatever else that floats around our liquor cupboard.
CONTEST UPDATE: GILLIAN IS THE WINNER OF THIS BEAUTIFUL LITTLE GLASS. WE DRANK LIMONCELLO IN IT LAST NIGHT- MAKING IT A PERFECT SENDOFF. CONGRATULATIONS GILLIAN! THANKS EVERYONE FOR YOUR COMMENTS!
I would love to pass it on to someone who was here from the start. Thanks a million. Grazie Mille!
FULL DISCLOSURE: The “contest” or “giveaway” is a classic ploy stolen straight from my studies about how to build readership to a new blog. Further experimentation with giving away all my cool stuff will continue.
How can I help you? Which topics would you like to see tackled here? What about your burning desire to experience Italy has you hung up? What can I answer today that will take you that one step closer? I’m looking forward to hearing from you!