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Italy

23 Days....2 hours....32....31....30 minutes

...as the countdown approaches, the stress increases!

Actually, I will be leaving Elko, NV in a mere 11 days (or 5 more shifts, if you want to look at it that way). I am planning to travel across country via caravan with my travel RN friend Teresa. We will split up in Missouri as she heads home to visit her family and I head on to Louisville to meet up with Corey. I am so excited about having the kids together again (it's been almost a year!). Also looking forward to a little time with just Corey and me to catch up on what's been going on in his life....Never thought I would miss him as much as I do! OK, I did know....

Corey got his passport without too much difficulty and I am still waiting for Trinity's to come through. I have been having issues with the passport office in San Francisco. It seems as though I 'forgot' to mail some imperative piece of documentation and I have been fighting through automated answering machines, messages undelivered and too many minutes on hold in attempt to find some answers. I am crossing my fingers in hopes that her passport will come through on time for our departure....feel free to send a prayer up if you believe in that sort of thing! I'm sitting on pins and needles hoping that we will have her passport in hand in time....

If the passport issues aren't enough, I am also fighting with the Nevada board of Nursing regarding my permanent license. My temp license expires on June 2nd and I still have 5 more shifts scheduled to work on this contract. It seems that the NV BON decided to sit on my fingerprints for about two months before forwarding them to the FBI for my background check!! I'm just having no luck at all when it comes to government agencies right now!! I did get to have a nice little chat with the FBI the other day and that's not something that just anyone can say they have done. It would appear that my fingerprints checked out with them, so you wont have to send my mail to the federal pen anytime soon. Now if I could just get someone to light a fire under NV Board of Nursing......

I really wouldn't mind missing out on my last 5 shifts in 'hell' but I had budgeted my last two paychecks for the trip and it's going to cut me short if I dont end up working....we might be eating Raman noodles if that happens. Do they have Raman Noodles in Italy?? Someone might want to fill me in!!

So....only two hours on the phone today and I am still no closer than I was on Friday......

Posted by Khandilee 12:10 Archived in Italy Tagged preparation Comments (2)

Resources and Links

A lot of research and planning for the Italy trip. This is just a list of the sources I found. It's mostly for my own reference but could be potential good info if your planning a trip.

Chicago:

Transportation:
Lodging:
http://www.hardrockhotelchicago.com/

Dublin:

Lodging: http://www.avalon-house.ie/
Transportation: http://www.dublinpass.ie/dublinpass/transport/rambler.asp?refID=
Lodging: http://www.bewleyshotels.com/

Rome:

Lodging: http://www.vrbo.com/164603
Transportation: http://www.atac.roma.it/
Sites: http://romapass.it
Metro Map: http://www.rome.info/metro/
Last minute Theater: http://www.spettacoloromano.it
Free-Flick: http://www.casadelcinema.it

Naples:

Lodging: http://www.bellacapri.it/

Venice
Sites: http://venicecard.it

Cinque Terre http://www.cinqueterre.com/eng/information/card/

General:

Lodging:
http://www.venere.com/
http://www.hostelsclub.com/?
http://www.hostelsclub.com/?

Air: http://ryanair.com

Posted by Khandilee 17:11 Archived in Italy Tagged preparation Comments (0)

The Itinerary

I have been getting questions from everyone about my itinerary, so here goes!

June 17-20: Drive Elko to Home

June 20-22: See Family and last minute packing needs

June 23:

Corey arrive Chicago via plane (need to get ticket-today).
Me and Trinity taking Amtrak (still need to book)!!
We got a free night at the Hard Rock Hotel (courtesy of my long stay at the hotel here in Elko). It's a great looking place! 4 Star!!

June 24:
Leave Chicago 6:50pm

June 25:

Arrive Dublin at 8:30am (Dublin time)
We are planning to spend the day exploring what we can of Dublin. I am hoping to hit a true Irish Pub for a pint and dinner.
Spending the night at Avalon House Hostel.

June 26:

Leave Dublin 7:10am
Arrive Rome 11:00am

June 26-July 2: ROME ~ Rented apartment

July 3-6:

Rome to Naples
Lodging at Bella Capri Hostel
Day trip to Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius
Celebrate Trinity's 16th Birthday!!

July 6-18

Florence
Pisa
Bologna
Parma
Venice

July 19-26

Corey headed back to Rome for remainder of trip
Trinity and I to visit:
Turin
Genoa
Cinque Terre
La Spezia

July 26-28

Back to Rome to prep for trip home

July 29

Leave Rome 8:55pm (local time)
Arrive Dublin 11:55pm (local time)
Overnight in Dublin

July 30

Leave Dublin 2:20pm (local time)
Arrive Chicago 4:40pm (local time)

July 30-31

Recuperate at Hard Rock Hotel, Chicago (two more free nights!!)

Aug 1st

Corey fly back to Louisville
Trinity and I take Amtrak back home.

Aug 2-?: Hope like hell I can find a job!!![i]

Just as a side note: This plan is only an outline. I am open to any/all suggestions. I am sad that we are not going to southern Italy, but I just don't know how to fit it in the time frame that we have allotted. I made a silly mistake (trying to save a few $$ on the flight) by flying into Rome instead of Milan and we are forced to do some backtracking now.

Posted by Khandilee 16:04 Archived in Italy Tagged family_travel Comments (6)

Preparation

So, I have decided to take the kids to Italy for a family vacation. We are planning 5 weeks and the airline tickets are purchased! It's exciting and a little daunting. The expenses are going to be massive (paying for all three). I am currently working my ass off here in Elko, NV in order to pay for the trip. I hope in the end it is worth it.

Italy.....

Such a large expanse of space to cover in what feels like a very short time. We are landing in Rome (via Dublin) and the current plan is to go to Naples then work our way north to Venice. From Venice, Trinity and I will probably head NW and Corey will most likely head back to Rome where we will meet back for the flight home. Whew.....it's already been a lot of work and research to plan just this far. I hope to keep things simple and open and not to plan too much in advance in order to allow for day to day changes.

I wish Corey and Trinity would take a more active part in the planning but it's difficult with us all so far apart from each other. It will be great to all be together again, even if for a short time.

That's it for now.....

Ciao'

Posted by Khandilee 19:02 Archived in Italy Tagged family_travel Comments (1)

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