Monday, July 21, 2008

I want to save for this

That probably doesnt include airfare does it? no it doesnt. and doesnt include even the supplies for the class! ee gosh!

25 comments:

Jess said...

Oh my goodness!!! You should go!! If I wasn't trying to buy a stupid house I would be there in a heartbeat!!!... Love you!!

ps. no, I don't think that includes airfare... you should go anyway... Italy is a life-changing experience...

rafa said...

wait what is this? like a trip?

crafty said...

fingers crossed, let's hope you can come and do an art retreat.
hugs
joan in italy

Lilly said...

OMG! I want to go!!!

You should definitely go - it looks amazing!!! Italy is beyond words, I was planning to go this summer, but it's just way to hot in the middle of the summer so trying to work out peoples work schedules in late august/september, etc, didn't work. Looks like a couple of days in Paris instead... which is also an incredible city.... and then spring in Italy next year.

It doesn't appear to include airfare but would it cost that much from the US? It's like 99c from Ireland!

It's so worth saving for... think of it as your motivation to get out a painting a day - and the classes and more kits - you can definitely do it!!! You keep telling everyone else to believe in themselves, now it's your turn!

dragondaughters said...

oh suzi, you know when you showed us a link to her site I instantly fell deeply in love with the idea of going on her art retreat to Bali!!! you know the 'eat, pray, love' book you showed us ages ago? well you can actually meet Ketut Liyer and Wayan from the Bali section of the book! I want to go so so so so much but its even more expensive than the Italy one and its also in term time (im still at uni) but I still havent given up on the idea of going, even tho i should. i love travelling! i love art! i really would love to go!

al xxx

Eveline said...

My love was in an accident almost 2 yrs ago and we are still waiting for the insurance money to come through. If it does, off to Rome we go. ;)

elisabeth said...

oh wow, that looks so amazing!

crafty said...

forgot to say, suzi come 2 me , pay only airfare, I have most of the art material here...if not we'll improvise......

Can't understand what the attraction about Italy is ??? !!! I fell in love with Italy on my trips here but then living here opened my eyes to things I never took into consideration whilst visiting..........believe me it's a whole different kettle of fish. The poor are getting poorer and the rich are getting richer, the middleclass has disappeared, inundated with immigrants, violence on the increase ecc ...the list goes on and on . let's not even discuss beauocracy !!!! I have my british mentality and find so many things frustrating....The Italians have so much patience it's unbelievable !!!!
For a holiday or staying only so many months per year Ok but day in and day out.... suppose it's the same in most countries where we live 24/7, we just take for granted the beauty that surrounds us or what attracted us in the first place..........suppose the same goes for spouses here too !!! LOL
Hope I haven't spoilt anybodies dreams.
oh if any of you are over here and in the emilia romagna area ( bologna/san marino ) let me know and I would love to met up with yers.
ciao
crafty joan in italy

suzi blu said...

Joan!
I wonder if there is anyway we can teach a workshop from your part of the woods, maybe rent something nearby? and students can stay at some average hotel somewhere and get that cost waay down?

what do ya think!!!!

suzi blu said...

Oh...and...Italy.

anything becomes old hat after awhile, even heaven, which is why we are all not angels up there with the Goddess but down here in the nitty gritty making mistakes and falling in love. Even paradise gets boring.

Thats why I love traveling. You can fall in love over and over again because you only stay long enough to see the good stuff and not be blinded by it. I learned so much about southern italy from eat pray love and that is where my ancestors are from. so much poverty. But the history that is italy, and even Brittan, we dont have that in the US. Maybe some fondness for the revolutionary war era but thats about it. Italy has ROME and ruins and Divinci and medieval ages! and all that food. Its the idea of italy we love. how food is more important than anything else, and beauty. thats why they put up with the corruption, they already know that humans are corrupt so they dont expect much. but from BEAUTY and FOOD they have the highest standards.

I want to go to Bali too!

suzi blu said...

Britain...doh!

Dani said...

Am a Britain lover aswell...i love the Uk...and yes i only saw nice parts....there must be horrible parts aswell..but you have that everywhere...i love english tea, love the nature there, love the cottages, love the vintage from there, love the chocolate cakes etc......Italy sounds nice aswell....if i had a lot of money i would visit all the countrys on my list....pity enough i haven't...maybe you can contact Emily Falconbrigde...great girl...if you look her blog she was in Italy a while ago...

http://embers.typepad.com/e/

Keep on dreaming....who knows where they will bring us !!

Love Dani

artistikitty said...

Yeah Suzi. I've had that one on my wishlist/inspiration board for some time. Doesn't look like it will be this go around tho! I'd settle for a workshop with AK anywhere, but Italy...wow. Anyway, remember to hold tight to to those dreams and nothing is impossible. ;) You know that tho, that's what you tell US!

Walk in the Woods said...

That does look AWEsome! In oh so many ways!

:)

Lorianne said...

Sometimes you go to a place you hate right away, and then fall in love with, or go to a place you think you're in love with and end up hating.

Still, home and a beauty is what you make of it (husband's words). But I'm sure there's beauty in every little corner of the world if you know how to look :)

anni said...

Suzi,
My side of the family and my husband's both came from Italy. My greatgrandpa only spoke Italian, and he worked as a milk man in Wyoming. I remember him very easily. He came here when he was 16. They were from the northern part of Italy. I so want to go there, too.
Anni

osofine said...

It's true, the grass is always greener - yet there is something inherently human about wanting to travel. I guess that's how we've ended up all over the globe, and long before airplanes at that! There are sooo many places I want to go! Italy is pretty high on the list - the culture, the art, the food - wow! I don't know if you or anyone else here is familiar with the comedian Eddie Izzard (probably one of the most brilliant comic minds ever) but he is hilarious re: Italy/Italians. If you've never seen it, rent (or get the audio cd, though it's not as good as the video)"Dress to Kill" - sooo funny, and you'll be quoting it for years! Anyway, in it he stereotypes all Italians as just the worlds most laid back people, just cruising around on their mopeds and reacting to everything with a nonchalant, "Ciao!" (He's British and very pro-Europe.)

The only place I've ever traveled outside the US, except for quite a number of Carribean Islands (we're very big on vegged-out sun, water, and drinks vacations in my family), is Prague where I stayed for 10 days as a surprise 30th birthday present from my brother who was spending a couple of months there. It was so amazing! And you're right Suzi, the history is just so deep in Europe - completely different than in the U.S... come to think of it, Izzard does a bit about that, as well, lol. The first few nights I stayed out really late hanging out with the ex-pat crowd that seems drawn there, but I finally sobered up and went to go see the oldest standing Synagogue in Europe (the one associated with the Golem myth). I'm only half-jewish, but I was extraordinarily moved by that experience. Oddly, I spoke to my mother back in the US the next day (I was so confused about the time dif.) and she asked me how I had spent Passover. LOL! I didn't even know it was Passover! ("They" are always switching up the date) - so I got to say, "Well, I visited the oldest Synagogue in Europe..." LOL!

I can never understand why so many people want to emigrate to the US, frankly. Whenever I meet someone from another country, especially in my random little town in CT, I think, "How on Earth would someone even know about CT if they lived in another country?". I'm friends with a woman who has 2 young children who were both born here, but she's Brazilian and can't get papers. It's awful the way this country treats immigrants (it's pretty awful how this county treats citizens). It's a little weird for me, when I talk to her about it, because I've often thought of just picking up and moving somewhere like Brazil. My 2 year old daughter was conceived on a little island off San Juan, PR, called Vieques and I was planning on having and raising her there (though breaking up with her bio father kind of wrecked that plan).

One of the biggest flaws with thinking that it would be better to move somewhere else (and yes, Suzi, I know you're just talking about a visit - I'm sorry to be off topic a bit) is the cost-of-living issue. Yes, one can get a much, much higher salary in the U.S. than other places (though that may not be the case soon), but the cost of living makes it about the same. If your rent and bills still cost you 80% of your income (or more) than you're not going to be much better off (unless, of course, you are a refugee, or someone else living in a highly volatile place - then obviously you have to get out if you can - and most likely, the US ain't going to help you). It works in reverse, too. The whole time I was in Prague, I just wanted to stay and was constantly enquiring about jobs and housing (and this was pre-Euro, which now makes Europe as affordable as Park Avenue). Unless my family was able to send me money (as many immigrants here do by sending money back to their families), I would most likely not be able to afford much. I do still dream about living in a foreign country, doing my artwork, and selling it to tourists! :) Maybe I'll make a really good friend from another country online who needs a roommate (well, 2 roommates, one big, one little) - that's something to save up for! If I were you, Suzi, I would definitely take Crafty Joan up on her offer!!

To finish off this post, I also wanted to say that I've spent about half of my life living in NYC, and that really compensates for not traveling, since it's full of people and culture from all over the world (not to mention how great is was to spend my first 7 years within waking distance of the Met and the Guggenheim - which I roller-skated down once. Note: they don't like that! ;>)! Hopefully when my daughter is just a little older I'll be able to take her into 'the city' more - as well as more distant travels. I envy Angelina Jolie for being able to try to raise her children as "Citizens of the World". Wouldn't it be great if we were all that?

Peace,
-sam- (The world's most garrulous post writer. I had to look up "garrulous" - I was trying to find a word for goes-on-too-long. Sorry!)

Bea said...

That would really be so nice to be able to go. Save your money......if you can't go next year, maybe you can go the next.

rafa said...

omg i am soo tired

crafty said...

cheap fares to England , then real dirt cheap fares with ryanair to most of europe, and then look for cheap rooms.
my offer is real if anyone is in my neck of the woods when in Italy, I would love to meet up or even put you up for a day or two even tho my house is very small , but I believe in hospitality.

hoping suzi will have the chance to do one of these workshops here in Italy...seems to be all the rage now.
hugs
crafty joan in italy

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Gigi said...

Suzi,
You have to try to get there. I have some friends who just came back from there and they loved it. If I can ever get enough $$$ together to go, I would go in a heartbeat.
Gigi

http://afancifultwist.typepad.com said...

I told you, it rocks!!!! I would love to go, but don't know where my life will be in 2009.... hmmmmm.... To go or not to go, that is the quesiton.... xoxo

Bonafyde said...

Ohhhh.....I would love to go to both of those trips!!! To be in Italy and engaged in art workshops sounds like mind blowing bliss! I really hope you can go and I hope I can too!

LuLu said...

Hello Suzi! I have been dreaming too about attending another art workshop that is happening in Mexico around Day of the Dead, myself. It is organized by Michael Demeng who makes fabulous assemblages. You can view his work at http://michaeldemeng.blogspot.com He makes INCREDIBLE art! Ohhhhh! I think a workshop in Italy to assemble altars outta religious artefacts and other stuff sounds just perfect! I agree with others, living in a country and visiting it is a total different experience! As far as finding a cheap place to stay at, have you ever heard of mysofa.com ? Once you arrive in a city or town, you go on the internet and through their site you can find a list of sofas available to sleep on for the night for FREE !!! My step-son travelled around the world last year and used this site a lot. He was in Poland planning on staying a week or so. But he slept on a family's sofa one night and became so good friend with them all that he ended up staying with them for a month, sharing the cost of food, doing chores, attending a family wedding and more. There are tons of ways to travel in a cheaper way, all you need is to have an open mind and be fearless of experiences... Yeah! Go for it, Suzi! LuLu xxx