This Summer, I lost my luggage somewhere between Calabria and Bologna on the worlds most unfriendly airline – Alitalia. Really, I “voluntarily surrendered” it. The luggage was more than 30 minutes late coming off the plain and I had a choice between grabbing my luggage from the previous flight or making my connection. I chose the latter. Where most women would be horrified by the prospect of having no luggage for an entire week, I decided to ‘go with the flow’ and not let the missing luggage ruin a trip I have been planning for months. I found the local H&M, bought a few 10 Euro dresses, a t-shirt for sleeping and a few pairs of undies. That was my uniform for the week. I didn’t feel deprived. I’m comfortable doing without. Last week, I was traveling in the States and managed to pack one of those H&M dresses– along with 14 other outfits and 6 pairs of shoes. Why? I didn’t wear most of it. I prefer my Italian simplicity.