What am I doing here? Feeling like a very lucky guy – that’s what. While traveling in Turkey the past few months has been wonderful, anyone who has traveled with their wife and an infant can tell you that it can be exhausting –
When the chance came up to come to Bologna and share a house with a number of other travel writers – I knew that I would need a break and as luck would have it, Hanane had a British girlfriend flying in from Morocco at the same time and an offer to stay with a good friend in Manisa where we used to live – so, I picked up Hanane’s buddy from the airport in Izmir, dropped all three of them off with our friend Sevval in Manisa and then took the aforementioned drive,ferry, flight, bus trip to Bologna, Italy for a week of communal travel writer living sponsored by Emilia Romagna Tourism .
My housemates are a group of people that so far (as I write this) I’ve only met through Twitter – they are @runawayjane, @Changes_Long, @BudgetTraveller and @twooregonians – all of whom seem fun and interesting and luckily we don’t have to kick anyone from the house since this isn’t a reality show and everyone seems like someone I want to spend time with.
Here is a bit about the project:
From the 23rd of April to the 31st of May in Bologna and from the 2nd of June to the 14th of July in Rimini, BlogVille Emilia Romagna, thanks to two apartaments, will be the perfect place from where you can start to discover Italy and the Emilia Romagna region. We will give you access of the local life and immerse yourself in the “Italian way”. We will also help you to create an interesting itinerary for you and your readership throughout the Emilia Romagna, and of course BlogVille will be the perfect place to experience and share things with other bloggers.
The first apartment of the BlogVille project is located in Bologna, aka “La Grassa” (the fat one) in the heart of the Emilia Romagna region and a perfect departure point for discovering the region’s treasures like Modena, Reggio-Emilia, Parma, Piacenza, Ferrara and the Motorvalley, and the top and world famous food producers of the Prosciutto di Parma, the Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese and the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena.
The second apartment of the BlogVille project is located in Rimini, Emilia Romagna’s top holiday destination, famous for its wide sandy beaches, bathing establishments and nightlife. Yet Rimini is a city of notable historical interest. Starting from Rimini you will have the chance to reach some of the most important cities of the region like Ravenna, Ferrara, Bologna, Faenza, Forlì andCesena, the top trendy beaches like Marina di Ravenna, Cervia, Milano-Marittima, Cesenatico, Riccione, Misano Adriatico and Cattolica and the family beach destinations like the Lidos of Ferrara, the Lidos of Ravenna,Gatteo a Mare, San Mauro Mare and Bellaria-Igea Marina, plus the hidden jewels of the countryside, plenty of ancient castles, Roman rests, wineyards and excellent food producers.
As you can see, I am among the first to arrive and yes, I will be coming back in June for the Rimini Blogville as well – which should be just as awesome as this one.
Tomorrow, I will be writing about some of what we’ve seen and done here and on Friday, I will introduce you to my housemates in a very special Vagobond Travel Museum – Bologna Blogville Edition.
At the moment, I”m about to head out to meet Nicholas and move into the Blogville house – yes, I’m very excited. Life is beautiful.