PJ and I are celebrating his fortieth birthday by going to Italy for 10 days. We’ll be in Rome, Florence, and Venice. We get back on July 2nd. We plan to visit lots of museums, to eat incredibly well, and to soak in as much of Italy as we can.

My vision of Italy is largely (exclusively?) shaped by reading E.M. Forster’s novels and Shakespeare’s comedies (and watching film and t.v. adaptations of them). Forster’s heroines are always transformed by their visits to Italy. Maybe I will be too!

When we get back, I’ll be officially starting my job as dean, so this is also one last hurrah before I have to be at my desk full time (something faculty members don’t have to do). I look forward to starting a new chapter in my professional life. But first, Italy!