WE'RE HOME IN UMBRIA!
Hurrah, a happy ending! After a very long day (30+ hours) we made it from Louisville to Philly to Rome with no real problems....well, we didn't get to upgrade to Business Class, which always makes the flight home more enjoyable because of the better conditions for sleeping, but still, half an Ambien let me get just enough sleep to make it through customs and immigration in Rome and to get on the train back to Umbria!
Apparently the weather in Umbria and Kentucky has been exactly the same! The plants we set out before we left in mid-April haven't grown at all....I think they're in shock over this cold, windy, cloudy, rainy weather as much as we are. And yes, the sun does come out...usually 10 minutes before it rains (again), or just before sunset.
Oh well, in spite of the disappointing weather, sleeping in our own bed (with my own pillow!) was definitely the high point of my return, at least so far. Over the next week or so I'll share some thoughts about our trip to the states...Art actually had the Derby winner this year, and we managed to connect with a few friends and see some movies. All in all my time spent in the states was one of frustration and doubt, given the current situation. I couldn't really look for a house, or a car, or anything....yet now that I'm back in Italy, there's not much for me to do here either....I feel like I'm in limbo!