We skyped Lauren around dinner time, midnight or so in Rome. It was fantastic to see her and her tiny room, watch her twirl her hair, etc. :-)
She made it through one of the most worrisome (for Mom) parts of her journey, getting from the train station to the hotel alone in the dark in a neighborhood that her guide book did not recommend. Whew!
Along the way, Lauren has had several travel adventures already, including repacking her bags AT THE CHECK-IN COUNTER, carrying on a 3rd item (her photo paper had to be re-explained multiple times), and exchanging her money (no, it shouldn't have been an adventure, but there you go...).
In the morning Lauren will take another train, then a taxi, then her feet (up the mile and a half driveway) to the villa that will be the base of operations for about a month. Thanks for your prayers and good wishes. We appreciate both--keep them coming!