Tomorrow I take off for California for a couple of weeks. Iíve been a little sad to leave my city lately, but I am happy to see many people I havenít seen in a long time. The timing around my viaggio (trip) is to surprise my niece for her 11th birthday. I havenít seen her since Alessandro and I were out in California in October 2007. The saddest part about my trip is that my marito (husband) is staying behind in Florence. I love it when he comes with me because heís my favorite piece of the city that I love.