For the first 18 years of Paula Butturini's life, she never strayed far from the Connecticut coast. She grew up along Long Island Sound, and spent her summers in old-fashioned cottages directly on the beach. She never crossed the Hudson till she was nearly twenty. She then studied Spanish and English at Wellesley College, just west of Boston. She spent the next five years in Dallas, and since then, she's lived and worked in London, Madrid, Rome, Warsaw, Berlin, and Paris, and saw much of South America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania while spending four years covering the voyages of Pope John Paul II.