Well, never thought I'd be writing this before I've exhausted all third-world countries, but I'll be going to Italy over Thanksgiving this year: Venice, Florence and Rome (two nights each). It'll be difficult visiting a country where I don't have the potential of being shot or kidnapped (okay, I wasn't shot at in Afghanistan, just had a riffle pointed at my face by a very small, frightened Afghan military man and if I wanted to, I could have taken him on by yelling "boo" in his face).
Hope I can make it to Pompeii. Ever since high school Latin, I've been fascinated with Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii. Can anyone help me get excited about Italy???