Team Leader - Italy and Istanbul Untours,
I traveled for the first time to Istanbul in 2012, not knowing what to expect. I came away so enthusiatic about the destination--its sights, sounds, residents. The Turks are about the most hospitable people on earth, sharing what they have, be it food or drink or knowledge, with you and welcoming you as if you were family. As it is our newest Untour destination, I look forward to returning and learning more about the city, its people and history.
What I miss the most when traveling (or living in Italy), besides family and friends of course, are the Philadelphia Phillies. Yes, I am an avid Phillies Phan. I even have a Sunday season ticket package! I used to miss bagels and peanut butter, but both can now be readily found in Italy.
Italian things I miss the most while living in the US (again, besides family and friends), are a good cappuccino, walking arm-in-arm with friends during the Sunday passeggiata, and walking out my door to be surrounded by history, art, and architecture from the ancient to modern. These aren't readily available yet in the US, unfortunately for everyone!