Reclaiming Europe

Image credit: Don McCullough‘s “Barcelona”

I’m sitting in the Toronto Airport right now waiting for a plane to Barcelona, Spain for the European and Distance E-Learning Network (EDEN) conference this week. This will be my first time presenting in Europe, and I am pretty excited about that. I’ve been following a number of people working in edtech across Europe over the last ten years, and it will be a real treat to finally be part of a European-focused edtech conference. What’s more, I’ve never been to Barcelona, and I can’t think of another city that everyone I talk to has been so unequivocally enthusiastic about. That has me excited for other reasons.

Reclaiming Europe

Trento’s City Square

What adds a personal layer to this trip is that it’s a foreshadowing of things to come. As early as this fall, my family and I plan on moving to Antonella’s home town: Trento, Italy. This is something we’ve been talking about for more than a decade, and it looks like the opportunity is finally materializing. I’m pretty excited about the idea of bringing the kids back to Italy so they can get to know Anto’s culture more intimately, master the language, and spend some time with our family and friends there.

Being back on Long Island this weekend and seeing how grown up all my nephews and nieces are getting was a stark reminder how quick it all goes. I’ve been consumed with my work at UMW for the last decade, and in many ways existed almost entirely within that professional universe. I don’t regret it for a moment, but it’s high time take advantage of the wider world out there and begin reclaiming Italia, per bacco!