I guess you could say traveling runs in the family.

When I was little, my parents would pack me and my siblings into our navy blue Astro van and drive across the country. Once, when I was four, we took a road trip that lasted for five weeks, driving from Boston to Idaho and circling back again. Road trips are the main reason I was able to see all 50 states before my 18th birthday.

But I still hadn’t made it out of the country.

In high school, I found a program called Geovisions that allowed individuals to travel abroad as an English tutor. While the prices were incredibly reasonable, I couldn’t find the time or money to go until recently.

Back in December, I finally submitted my application. Within a week, I had a host family: Vito, Arianna, and their two-year-old daughter, Bianca. They live in Porto Potenza Picena, Italy, and invited me to spend the summer with them as an au pair for Bianca.

This is the story of my summer here, complete with pictures and embarrassing stories. Hopefully those don’t pop up too often, but then again, this is me we’re talking about. Let’s be serious.


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