I just done it. Bought my tickets to Rome. Frequent flier miles. On Northwest (well, it's Continental, a NW partner. That way I have only one stop, instead of flying to Detroit then Amsterdam then Rome. And they give me Elite privileges so I can get the seats with the legroom!).
In two weeks! (March 2 - 9)
WOO HOO! Ancora a Roma! Sono lietissimo! Fa due anni che sono stato a Roma ... e non posso aspettare .... ! Vado a Roma .... Vado a Roma! Sì, sì, sì ... Roma bella!
[Ok. I'll stop. For now :-)]
Of course, the crazy thing is that I have to go to the Italian consulate in Miami and give them my passport and some papers to get a tourist visa. A, the joys of an Indian passport. It takes 5 minutes. But I still have to do it. Every time. But I guess the money that's saved in the freq. flier miles will go in the flight to Miami, the hotel room and the rental car. ::sigh:: (Actually, all that is still less than the cost of a flight to Rome). So this will happen mid-week next week.
And I'm not going alone. J from right here is using this as her vacation (her b/f can't go. Shoot.). Coray from Cambridge UK will likely come and join us for a day or so. Paolo from Pisa as well. Definitely will make it to Assisi this time.
And. See Pope Benedict. For the Angelus that Sunday. And the General Audience that Wednesday. Yes, with thousands of other people. But still. WOO HOO!
[Then there's the retreat with the students this weekend. The trip to Auburn, AL next weekend for the Chant workshop. Boy. The novitiate is going to be strange next year! Best get this bug worked out 'fore then :-D]