I’m Donna Martemucci and I want to share my thoughts about my year abroad. I am sure there will be frustrations, anxiety and mishaps, too, but my hope is to concentrate on all the joys that I know this year will bring.

I also intend to give you the prodding, cajoling and yes, even guilt, to get you to give yourself the gift of travel, if you’re even a little bit intrigued by the notion. I assume you are, otherwise, why are you here?

Lastly, I will describe the research I did before I started off and what I have learned/will learn along the way, again, so you can use this information for your own big adventure, wherever that might take you. And, if it takes you to Italy, stop by for a glass of vino!

One last thing, I’m a fiend for gelato. What’s your favorite flavor, hmmm?

Ciao for now!


So, so true…

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

Walt Disney

It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

J. K. Rowling

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

Dr. Seuss

Let’s build something together.