As far as a 2 week trip can be called a lightning blitz, that’s exactly what I have been doing in the past two weeks. London, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Stuttgart, Rome, Tuscany, and then unwinding back. If I stayed longer than one day in one place, it was an utter surprise!

But then, I managed to see all my family, and I am really happy that I did. First time with my younger brother’s two sons, and reconnecting with my older brother’s daughter and son, who are now becoming wonderful humans – all of them. Visited father, aunt, everybody, and still managed to get to the beach for some "sightseeing".

Summing it all up: not being able to get to Italy for the last seven years was certainly a punishment!