I am from Cambridge, Massachusetts and am an architectural historian and writer. Much of my work has been done in the repair and conservation of historic building materials, mostly timber-frame buildings of the 18th and 19th centuries in New England. My traveling companions will be Jonathan Wagner, an attorney, and Karen Maroni, a teacher, who are married. They are interested in seeing Naples and, more particularly, Pompeii. Karen and I speak Italian at a very basic level. I also speak French and German in case either should be of use; however, I gather from our communication that you speak English far better than I speak any of these languages.