The Raffle Ticket


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photo courtesy of Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association

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(The very, very last post)

This month, the Seattle International Film Festival hosted “Cinema Italian Style.”  This was a ten-day event featuring 17 current Italian movies.  The mayor of Perugia attended as well as several Italian actors and directors from the films.  We haven’t had a lot of opportunities (besides eating) to really participate in anything Italian here in Seattle during these past five months, so we bought a couple tickets.  We also knew there was going to be a raffle with the grand prize being a one-week, all-expense paid trip for two to Perugia.  I bought five chances.

We attended opening night with the boys to watch a really fun movie about the adventures of a quirky Sardinian soccer team.  Then tonight Matt and I bought tickets for the closing feature, La Grande Bellezza.  Traffic was the pits, and we got there at the last minute.  We found two seats up front.  After thanking the sold-out theater for its record breaking support of this year’s festival, the announcer wheeled out the cage full of  hundreds of raffle tickets.  The suspense grew.  The ticket was drawn, and my name was read out loud.  I won.

It’s been five hours, and my heart is still beating at a dangerous pace.  Although I always knew that someday we would go back, I was thinking more like a decade.

Matt and I get to return to Perugia within the next year.



33 thoughts on “The Raffle Ticket

  1. How wonderful! Congratulations! If you visit before mid-July of ’14, please let us know; we’d love to see you both.
    Was the quirky movie about a Sardinian soccer team called “L’Arbitro”? We saw it here in Perugia and it was brilliant. Bravissimi!

  2. You missed the brilliant documentary film festival in Cortona, “Hai Visto Mai” this September – Luca Zingaretti who plays Montalbano was artistic director and we got to spend 3 days brushing elbows with him – heaven!!

  3. Fantastic and I am not surprised in the least. The universe has a way. I am delighted for you!! You guys look great and I can’t wait to get together again. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Much love to you both.

  4. What a glorious way to start my day! This story is fantastic! As stated above, the universe has a way. Sooo incredibly happy for you guys. I can just imagine the moment you heard your name, Matt’s face, all of it… So perfect.
    So how was traffic on the way home?
    Love love love you!!!!

  5. Fantastic! Beyond Amazing!!! but so RIGHT. We will be smiling all through the holiday! Our love to you. MB

    (I still have hopes for a trade: massages for a Italian cooking class:)

  6. Some things are meant to be. You so deserve a flood of joy. A couple’s return to one of your favorite places on the planet. So happy for you. Of all things you could ever win. It’s so perfect. Love and hugs, Suz!

  7. ALLELUIA! And we all know which little angel’s hand drew out your name from the hundreds!! Way to go…you always find something “almost unbelieveable” to put in your blog! Carpe diem!

  8. So cool! Right up there with one of your best posts! Ann and I share your excitement. PS If you weren’t aware, Seattle features an Italian Festival every September. We go. It’s neat. Will

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  9. that is beyond fantastic and brings such a smile to my face! A reason why you were late and in the front row for such a wonderful prize!! Hooray

  10. We went back in April. It was heaven. We spent time between Perugia and Rome. There were lots of people to visit and lots of things to see. We were there for Rome’s birthday, Easter, and the canonization of the two popes. I don’t know when we’ll get back. I miss it already!

  11. I’m not sure if you still check the comments section of the blog, but I hope you do! Hello, I’m Ali, and I’m a rising college Junior from Texas. I’m going to study abroad in Perugia next semester! (I’m actually leaving this Thursday!) I read your blog, and I can’t thank you enough for writing this journal. It gave me a great idea of what to expect. If you have any tips like what you wish you knew before you went or places that I absolutely have to go, I would love to hear from you. Thank you again for sharing your experience!! I’ve really enjoyed reading about it 🙂

  12. I’m considering a trip to Perugia and would really appreciate some insights from someone who has been there. I hope you still check in on this blog on occasion.

  13. Hello from Australia! I have found your blog today and have just spent the last 3 hours reading every entry! A year in Umbria was always on our bucket list but after my husbands passing 4 months ago, the ‘need’ to do this has increased…..maybe knowing that I would at least be ‘happy’ there for awhile if nothing else. The prospect tho, on my own with 2 girls aged 14 and 7, is very daunting but not off putting. I have a couple of questions, if you don’t mind? Firstly, would you go if you were a single parent? Would the paperwork, beauocracy and organising headaches have been worth it if you had to do it alone with your children? And, can you PLEASE write a post on the smaller details of your organising?! Primarily, how you initially got to Perugia from Rome with 8 suitcases? Are most smaller cities readily accessible by train or would I need to buy/hire a car for the bulk of our stay? Did you look into long distance/online schooling before choosing to enrol your children into an Italian school? And would we get away with a smattering of Italian learnt or would English and hand gestures get us thru? I’m sorry to ask so many questions, I am sure you would get inundated with a lot of emails. Thank you again for writing about your journey. xx

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