こんにちは。きょねん かぞくと フランスとイギリス へ いきました。 びじゅつかんへ タクシーで いきました。ことし かぞくと イタリアへ いきます。Ok, it took me a while to figure out how to enter Katagana on my software, NJ Star. But it was worth it.
I am looking forward to our family vacation in Italy during Christmas and the New Year's, as we always have a wonderful time together. Meanwhile, I am ashamed to admit that despite the fact that this will be my fifth trip to Italy, I speak minimum Italian. One definitely gets a better cultural experience (and receives better treatment from the locals) when one speaks the native language. I experienced this phenomenon every time we went to Paris. Being able to speak French has enhanced my travel considerably. Some day, I hope to achieve the same level of fluency in Japanese before I visit Japan again (though I foresee myself as having a LONG WAY to go…).