I was asked by a good friend of mine to take some Akita over to Italy for her. I was happy to oblige, and help with the export procedures. I love Italy, and I didn't need to be asked twice.
After a flight from Narita to Rome, I ended up down south in Calabria. It was a beautiful area, and next time I visit, it will have to be in the summer. The ocean was beautiful, the food terrific, the people friendly, and my hosts, gracious.
I'm now working on my Italian. Officially. I plan on making it my 4th language.