Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Trip Planning 1

I am now on the official countdown for my trip. I have 32 days before I head out and there is so much that I still don't know and haven't figured out and REALLY need to work on getting my list together so that I can actually follow through, but keep getting distracted by things like starting a new book or watching stupid television (e.g., Impractical Jokers - thanks, Sara).

One thing that I did do this morning was come across the following tip when trying to cross the streets in Rome:

Crossing the road. There are apocryphal tales of visitors to the city coming and leaving having only seen everything on one side of Piazza Venezia, such is the daunting prospect of crossing the vast mass of traffic. Follow these simple rules and you won't be one of them.
1/ Stand on the kerb, looking in the correct direction of oncoming traffic. When there is a decent break (i.e. enough for whoever's coming to brake),
2/ Make sure they have seen you,
3/ Step out decisively and, maintaining a constant and regular pace, walk across. As if by magic the cars and scooters will weave around you.
DON'T stop midway, go backwards, or run across screaming, that confuses everybody, and don't wait in ever-growing frustration for everyone to stop, it's never going to happen.

First, love how the spell things. Second, I love the fact that magic will be part of my life while in Rome....I'll be sure to let you know if it actually works or if I'm hit by a scooter... (Although I fear that I will actually be that crazy tourist who runs screaming across the street.)

To give you an idea of where I currently stand with my plans:

  • Lodging plans made
  • Plane tickets purchased
  • One tour set up
  • Luggage identified
  • 1/6th of the wardrobe determined
  • How to speak Italian book listened to
  • Camera purchased and some picture taking practice done
  • Guide books skimmed through

So much yet to think about...maybe I'll just take a nap.


SAngRiA Smiles said...

Anyone not watching Impractical Jokers is really missing out. You should definitely make sure you're taping all the old ones and not just new. Holy cow.... I could probably delete everything else on my dvr and be happy with just that show. It's nice to find a show that just make you laugh effortlessly.

Here is my tip for crossing the street: identify someone who looks like they know what they are doing and follow them!

Jane said...

1/6th of wardrobe RO