I have tentatively set up my departure for Tuesday morning @ 6 AM. I have two chances to get out in the morning to D.C. and catch the plane to Rome that gets me in at 7:15 on Wednesday morning. Once there, I will find a ATM and get my Euro's, buy something small to get coins, get my train ticket to Poggio Mirteto, call and give Paola my arrival time so her husband, Franco, can pick me up at the train station and officially begin this leg of my journey.
I already know I'll be working New Years eve as Paola has a large party planned for that evening in her restaurant. As a cook, weekends and holidays no longer exist. Except to work.