52 sundays; october 12, 2014

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by Debra on October 12, 2014

If you follow my Instagram feed, you’ll know that I’m back in Italy this week, sans The Professor; it’s the first International trip I’ve made by myself – a feat that is, by some estimations, a miracle because I’m incredibly directionally challenged, as in ‘any way I’m facing is North’. The Professor still has students to teach and while it was difficult to leave him behind, I managed to travel from the Midwest to Italy without incident – yay me! [click to continue…]

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