The Long, Sad Return Home from Italy Experiences

This past week, I was fortunate to visit Siena and Lake Trasimeno, Italy which were different experiences.

Siena was a rare portrait of pre-Renaissance Italy, giving a delightfully old(er) school look and feel that was unlike any place in the country. It's much darker, and distinctively more Gothic.

The Lake, of course, is famous for a little battle 2,000 years ago. It also happens to be the largest Freshwater lake in the country, which is beautiful. We visited some of the small islands in the middle, via Ferry.

All in all, it was a very restful week until the weekend, when I conducted interviews and last minute shooting before leaving. After making the full walk through the city on Sunday night, we departed beautiful Montepulciano.

I was sad to go, but not as eager to come home as say, I was a week ago. Of course, it was a very rewarding experience and I was ready to return to the States, so I was quite understandably torn.

There are many things I've appreciated about their culture -- the slower pace, the appreciation of the small things in life, and their independent nature that is very different from our demands. I wasn't so eager to come back to our quickly paced, demanding culture that breeds much ignorance and selfish superiority.

However, after 27 long, sleepless hours, I finally landed in Savannah, GA. I realized on these assorted flights (Rome to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to Atlanta, Atlanta to Savannah) that the best about going to your destination is making the journey back.

It is not enough to visit a place and stay there, even if it seems that it could be done forever. You have to take the experience with you to make the complete journey. In life, it is the experiences that make us who we are.

The people we meet, the places we go, and the things we see all form a heightened sense of our humanity and place in the world. We realize our scope of influence is a wide cast net, going far beyond our boundaries.

Any given event from our journey could have reshaped the way we see things, and thus, helps us to remold our own lives and attitudes, changing the people around us with newfound thought and behavioral processes.

As such, it is my sincere hope that everyone who participated in the program will bring back some of their concepts and not leave them overseas.

Now, I will be taking a short week off before jumping into post-production.

The Di Passaggio blogging, of course, will continue through that process as the crew is completed and we start editing. Stay tuned to follow the completion of the project and release plans.

Ciao,
James