I have been in Italy since Sunday and have been reminded why I love Italy so much. However, that is not what this blog post is about. It is about finally being able to realize a dream.
I first traveled to Italy in 2003 to visit my former study abroad dorm mates. I got to see Florence, Venice, Milan, Rome and more. However, I always was disappointed that I wasn't able to fit in seeing the leaning tower of Pisa. I have really wanted to see that for years but just couldn't fit it into that trip.
I knew someday I wanted to make that happen but just wasn't sure if that someday would be in one year, ten years, or even 30 years done the road.
However, that dream finally came true for me on Tuesday! We had been doing a site visit in Siena, Italy (another amazing Italian town) and were headed to Alba, Italy where my institution has a program. We were driving there and I noticed on the map, before leaving Siena, that Pisa was on the way. I asked my boss if he would mind stopping and he was okay with it since it was on the way.
So thanks to my kind boss I got to live a dream. It was just as amazing as I thought it would be. Super crowded with tourists but what else do you expect of a world famous site! You could even climb up it but I wasn't sure I wanted to climb up a leaning tower because it really does lean! I also didn't want to wear out the patience of my boss! :)
I will say that I wasn't one of those typical tourists holding up the statue but I did take a photo of everyone else holding up their hands!
Part of the reason for this post is to not only share some of my favorite photos but to also comment on the fact that I am extremely fortunate because I am permitted to have a job, that while is sometimes a difficult job, does have the added bonus of allowing me to live through a few dreams! I very much doubt I would have gotten to see this anytime soon without this experience. I also didn't think when I flew to Italy on Saturday that I would have this experience this week. But sometimes God works in mysterious ways. ;)
One other thing - remember that sometimes dreams do come true and that even when you don't think they could ever happen you never know! I know this sounds particularly corny but true nonetheless.
Well, back to pasta, pizza, wine, and ice cream! More soon.