I'm back in the states, wishing I was still writing to you from Italy.
What an experience the past two weeks were. I HIGHLY recommend Italy to everyone. It has become my favorite country by far. I was surprised by how comfortable and "at home" I felt in Rome.
Other than being embarrassed by the fact that majority of the people spoke English & Italian and I knew nothing but hello and how much, this trip has made me want to learn a second language and see how I can escape back there again for about 4-6 months.
I cant even begin to describe the food, the wine, the GELATO!!! I took the advice of a colleague and ate gelato EVERY DAY that I was there. It was all so delectable and fresh and yummy! With my favorite cuisine already being Italian, you can imagine my delight when it was time for dinner everyday. The richness of the olive oil, the homemade pasta, the sauce - THE CHEESE!!!!!!! I was in a deep food coma just about every night! (despite the fact that I caught an awful cold and dairy is the last thing I should have been putting in my system). YOLO!!!!
I say this in hopes that you are inspired to SEE THE WORLD! Traveling is such an enriching experience - opening your eyes to so many new and great things. More than just the sightseeing, I felt like I was walking back into time - seeing the beauty and intelligence of mankind from thousands of years ago. I honestly believe that as far as humanity as come that is also how far we have gone backwards. Every time I travel to Europe, I have this urge to throw away my phone, and thoroughly disconnect from life; to live in the moment and enjoy the people and things around me; to learn a new language and immerse myself in a new yet deep culture. A culture built on faith, family, and food.
One of these days, I might just do that......
Until then, I will travel, take pictures, live in the moment, and create memories! And I hope you do the same!
Enjoy some more pictures from my trip and be sure to comment (sorry if they come out sideways). Let me know your thoughts and opinions. What does traveling mean to you?
Hugs & Love!