The Casting Dock

A true dream vacation, Italian style.

Every year I plan a little summer reunion for a bunch of my closest college friends. Despite my annual habit (read: obsession) of researching various destinations with an irrational excitement, each year we end up at my mom’s summer house in Maine. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Maine (I mean, it IS my inheritance property after all…) and it’s certainly the logical choice considering 1. it’s free (a perk for those still in the semi-fresh-out-of-college-not-yet-rolling-in-the-dough phase), 2. it’s only an hour and a half from where the majority of the people involved reside, and 3. it offers access to a fun variety of outdoor activities for an active group. Logical on every level. Yet still, without fail, each year I daydream about the possibilities of next year’s reunion being down on Cape Cod, or maybe the Outer Banks, ooooohhh California?, perhaps a tour of Austin…there are endless possibilities. While those are certainly daydreams, they are at least somewhat feasible for down the line with the proper planning…my most recent daydream truly fits its namesake: a daaah-reeeeeeam, baby. Pure dream.

I give you Summer Reunion 2020: Italian Villa on the Amalfi Coast. I have had the great fortune of spending some extended time in Italy in the summers of 2005 and 2008 and the Amalfi Coast area is by far my favorite. So, here’s what I’m thinking…see if you can catch my vision (especially those 15ish of you who come each year to the reunion).

I could see myself…

…slowly and gloriously waking up here,

savoring my morning cup of coffee and reading here,

leisurely enjoying a tasty breakfast here,

strolling down for a late morning swim and a little exploration here,

delighting in a fresh Italian lunch here,

lounging, maybe napping (what?) and swimming here,

 soaking up a long, steamy shower or a hot, savory bath here,

relishing an authentic carb-infused, three-hour-long traditional Italian dinner here,

sipping that bottomless Italian wine or warm decaf over some tiramisu and quality conversation here,

all before turning in for the night here.

Now that sounds like a good, well-worth-the-five-grand kind of day to me.

Who’s with me?


1 jenna { 01.11.11 at 10:20 am }

hi, i’m jenna. you don’t remember me, but i technically lived with you in college. sure, i was states away, but i was already in your heart as one of your dear friends you would be with one day soon. i’ve been with you always, really, and i’m so thank ful to have you in my life.
my passport is in hand, where do i sign?

2 bryan { 01.11.11 at 10:26 pm }

Interesting editorial decision to follow this post:

” I am selfish.”

… with this post:

“Now that sounds like a good, well-worth-the-five-grand kind of day to me.
Who’s with me?”

LOL! In any event, I didn’t know the ME house had been earmarked for you. I hope Noche lives another 40 years and at that date the point will be quite moot. It seems that the going prediction is that land that close to the sea coast will be submerged in salt water thanks to rising levels caused global warming. This is predicted to occur by 2050. Here’s a depiction by climatologist Dr. Heidi Cullen:

3 noche { 01.11.11 at 10:57 pm }

How silly…I thought you got the pictures from the Where’s Noche book so here I was searching for myself !
You know I’m always with you…see you at the reunion!!

4 Jer { 01.12.11 at 9:00 am }

I’m in. Who’s paying?

5 Jer { 01.12.11 at 9:03 am }

Bryan, if that ever actually happens, I’m not concerned: Kevin Costner will lead us to land.

6 bryan { 01.12.11 at 2:26 pm }

Good Call.

I totally had forgotten about Costner. I’ll have to take another look at my original comment. He’s a game changer.

7 Lauren (aka "Little") { 01.24.11 at 4:29 pm }

Can we combine your idea with JD’s idea of all of us putting in money to purchase a big house internationally so that we can forever use it as a vacation place (individually and collectively)? Because a huge house on the Amalfi with all of my closest college friends would be my dream.

8 bridget { 01.26.11 at 9:20 am }

i am dyyyyyyyyyying looking at this post. dying i tell you!

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