Monday, February 26, 2007

When in Rome...

Every now and again, my job presents opportunities that are just surreal. A couple of summers ago when a "dream grant" paid for my whole family to travel 7000 mile cross-country in a rented RV was one such experience. This week, another one popped up--Mrs. Sal and I have been invited to serve as chaperones on a class trip to ROME this summer. That's Rome, Italy, not Rome, Georgia. So we're scrambling trying to make 2 weeks worth of child-care arrangements and getting passports and all the stuff that goes with a huge trip. This trip is amazing... almost $4000 per person for the kids (it's also amazing that ANYBODY can afford to send a child on a $4000 trip). We're going for food and tips. I figure the Sal family in Rome will look a great deal like the wide-eyed wonder of the country mouse when he went to town; people who haven't had a working dishwasher in years don't generally zip around Europe. But needless to say, we're pretty thrilled.

4 comments:

Jeffrey Schimizze said...

THAT'S AWESOME! WE'LL BE THERE IN JULY VISITING MY SISTER FOR THE ROME MUSIC FESTIVAL! HOW COOL?! Maybe we'll be there at the same time and could hook up for some real pizza and wine;)

Ann said...

We'll be there from June 21- July 5-

bekster said...

That is so cool! As I told Ann, Tommy and I will definitely help with the kids. Somehow, though, it doesn't seem fair that the ones who don't have any kids to worry about don't get free trips to Europe... oh well. :) Anyway, I'm very excited for you both.

Jeffrey Schimizze said...

Awww bummer, we'll be there late July:( I'm sure both of our trips will be AWESOME!