As I laid down on the soft bed of the Marriott Rome Park hotel, in the upgraded two room suite Judy’s Platinum status earned us, I couldn’t help but reflect on how spoiled I’ve become.
We’ve spent the last two weeks trotting across Italy, spending nights in 3 and 4-star hotels. We had spectacular views and well-appointed rooms.
The rooms were spacious by European standards, but tight compared to American hotels. Although, in the World Heritage town of Alberobello, Italy, we spent the night in a three-room “trullo” with a full kitchen, living room and bedroom.
The biggest challenge we faced on our two-week vacation was the universal truth that in all but our final night, the beds were too hard, comfy chairs were non-existent, and the bathrooms were very small.
I ached for my soft bed at home, numerous chairs and a couch, and our spacious two-person shower with a rainshower and a handheld spray option.
And yet, I’m grateful for the opportunity to see the world in relative comfort in the way “locals” (at least reasonably well-off locals) would see it. For all its comforts, the Marriott was too disconnected from the Italy we’ve come to know. The only Italian we heard was the staff talking to each other.
There’s a whole new world out there waiting to be explored. Enjoy the comforts of home when you can, but LIVE in the world you’re in.
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