It’s , and I’m up after my return home from
, but my jet lag has been minimal. Italy
The antidote to jet lag is: have someone you care about have a medical emergency while you’re overseas and they’re flown back to the states for surgery and recuperation while you remain on site to fulfill a contractual obligation.
While I completed my work obligations during the day, at night, I paced my floor like a tiger, anxious to know what was happening at home. I had limited internet time and connection and I could only receive Verizon’s phone signal at a specific spot in a field.
Now that I’m home, I’m so relieved and I’m finally sleeping. I may be waking up, but I’m so glad to be where I need to be….home. Physically, I feel very good. Emotionally, there’s not much left. It will take a while to evaluate all that has happened.
After my husband was diagnosed with a detached retina at the
(a fantastic idea!) in Ocular Hospital , he immediately decided he wanted to return home for treatment. He demanded that I remain in Florence and “do my job.” Of course, at that time, we both thought that he’d have laser surgery with a quick recovery. We didn’t realize it could be weeks before his vision might return. Italy
We were in
when all of this happened. I had eight students, who paid around $5,000.00 pp for their flights and registration, waiting in Florence for pick up to our workshop in Florence . Our American driver/host/interpreter had just flown over from the Tuscany ; he was also waiting pickup in US . The staff at the hotel where we’d be going was ready to go. I’d been in contact with my employer to see if they could find a substitute instructor. Imagine how that works: find an English speaking watercolor instructor to come to Florence at the very last minute. Since finding a substitute teacher at the last minute seemed NOT to be possible, my employer and I finally resolved that I would teach until Thursday morning, getting in all of my lessons, and then I would leave Thursday night, returning home 5 days earlier than I’d originally planned. Tuscany
Here are some pictures from the trip: the Tuscan landscape from the walls of Volterra; our classroom at San Fedele, a 1000 year old chapel; a window in Volterra AND the wonderful Roman ruins of the amphitheatre there, which was an amazing archaeological find; and, finally, Tuscan poppies. My final paragraph is below these pictures.....
I did my best to provide an orderly, professional atmosphere of learning to my students, but I do apologize that I was not in my best form during this 2012 workshop. I hope each and every student learned a lot, was pleased with their work, had a wonderful time in a peaceful location, and that they understand that I did my very best. I thank everyone for their patience, compassion and understanding.