Our time here in Italy began shortly after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, so I think it’s important to document another big mask mandate change to remember what we dealt with during our time here. On May 2, 2022 I went to the supermarket with NO MASK!! May 1 was a huge step forward but also one of disappointment as well. First off, we are no longer required to have our QR vaccination codes scanned when going out! And masks are now only required on public transport, very few indoor venues, hospitals/nursing homes, and get this… schools… So while we are all allowed to be crammed, maskless in a shopping mall or sitting for hours on end at an airport- all with complete strangers- my 7 year old kid has to wear a mask for 7.5 hours in school everyday (even outside) with kids he’s been around all year. They are set to wear them until the end of the school year (which for us is June 30!). We have patiently awaited the new decree to see what changes would come to kids and schools. I’m sorry but if you’re going to catch Covid, then you’re going to catch it- whether you’re around someone for 10 minutes or a whole day. I don’t understand why the children have to suffer, especially when they aren’t even at risk of grave danger if they do catch it. It’s heartbreaking, illogical, and unfair; but we’re still optimistic and hoping this all changes soon!
Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!