… cause it is a real want ad.
Jennifer Rafferty, author of La Mia Famiglia blog has spent the last few years researching her family lineage and has traced her Calabrese roots back to Curinga-right here in the province of Catanzaro. She has exchanged letters with the Orlando family and is well on her way, I hope, to meeting her ancestors.
Jennifer’s maternal grandfather, Carmelo Orlando left Calabria in 1909 and set sail for Wilke-Barre, PA. He passed away when Jennifer’s mother was only 9-years-old, leaving many unanswered questions.
Jennifer was compelled to delve deeper into her family history and into her Italian heritage after her mother died in 2006, and given my recent exposure to the cold, hard truths of losing a parent, I want to help her out.
She is planning a two week-long trip to Calabria and Sicily later this year and is looking for a travel partner.
Here is her virtual ad:
Wanted: Travel Companion for 2 week trip to Calabria and Sicily in 2009.
* Interest in staying in Italian B&Bs, farm houses and family housing
* Ability to drive standard transmission car
* Ability to drive by Italian road rules
* Interest in genealogy research
* Handy with a digital camera
Interested? Inquire Within!
Jennifer also told me she prefers a female travel partner who wouldn’t mind the sacrifice of taste-testing homemade Italian cheese and wine and who wants to experience the heart of authentic Calabria.
If you or anyone you know might be interested, pass this Want Ad on to them. I’d love to see Jennifer make this trip and I hope she and her travel partner will add Catanzaro to their must-see list.
Do you have any suggestions on how Jennifer can find a travel partner or track down more of her Calabrian ancestors?
Is it Friday already? Ok, then … Buon Weekend!