Trip Update

After I wrote yesterday’s post, I went back to my room with the odd inclination to turn on the tv. I had only turned on the tv one other time while I was here and it wasn’t a successful attempt – but something made me do it. While I’ve been here, I’ve ignored all of my emails that aren’t from Booking.com, Delta, or family/friends. So, as I said to my friend Meghan earlier in the week, I’m out of the loop on all things “Ryan Lochte, North Korea, and the Masters”.

The instant I turned on the tv, I was thrown because it was in English and they were showing pictures of Back Bay and downtown. I knew the Boston Marathon was a big deal globally for runners but I was surprised to see it. Then immediately my heart sank and I felt sick to my stomach when I saw what was actually happening.

Boston has always been my home and I can’t understand why anyone would feel the inclination to perform such a senseless and devastating act on strangers. It’s heartbreaking to me. I am so thankful that it appears all of my friends, family, and coworkers are safe and unharmed.

I believe that this is one of those days that you will never forget where you are when you learned of the event. I have a few days in my memory that are like that, both happy and unhappy days.
I have decided to shorten my trip by a few days and come home a smidge early. So instead of three weeks in Italy, it will be 2 ½, which is just fine by me. Given the events of yesterday, Delta has waived all change fees and I’m thankful for that as well.

Until then, I’m going to continue to love Boston from afar.

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