Travel is complicated. Cell phones don’t work like we’re used to. Traffic patterns are unfamiliar. Food has different names. Public transit schedules are confusing—and written in unfamiliar languages. After traveling in Asia, it’s at least a relief to be able to recognize at least some words in Italian. Between the Latin roots the kids have learned and the tiny bit of Spanish I somehow kept in my brain after not using it for a couple of decades, we’ve had some interesting conversations.
But so far the travel hassle has paid off. We’re spending a few days being tourists near Sorrento. We have an AirBnB with a great view, it’s own lemon tree, and a pizza place just down the street.