I finally did it.
On Sunday my close friend Danelle and I bought tickets for a three (yes, I said THREE) week trip to Italy.
Italy has always fascinated me. I’m not entirely sure why. Maybe it’s because I know part of my birth family’s heritage is Italian. My birth grandma was a Rizzo and her mom was a Salvato. You would never ever guess me as being Italian based on my extremely fair skin, blonde hair, and blue eyes, but there you go. I’m Italian and I’m going back to the motherland as they say. Or maybe it’s because I love history and enjoyed learning about the Renaissance and the art that came out of it. My art history professor highly encouraged seeing those pieces in person and now I finally can. Whatever the reason, I’ve been dreaming of and saving for this trip for a long time.
Ever since we bought the tickets, I fluctuate between excitement and terror. I’ve traveled long distance before, but never to Europe. This is how I usually feel about going far away. I dread it as much as I look forward to it. I love adventure but I also like my routine.
But in May when my S.A.D. was hitting me hard, I knew I had to go away. California was a possibility again, mainly for the sun and good friends. But when life hands you the opportunity to go to Italy, you don’t say no.
Thankfully, Danelle is in love with Italy and has been there multiple times as well as having lived there. She’s the expert on Italy and is excited to show me one of her favorite places.
I’ve learned in the past year that spending money on travel is not a bad thing. I used to never go anywhere because I was afraid I wouldn’t have money for other things. But that hasn’t been the case so far. Traveling has stretched me as a person. It makes me more flexible, not quite as rigid as I tend to be. These lessons are exactly what I needed to learn and I need to continually learn.
When I made my New Years resolution, I definitely wanted to travel more. I just didn’t expect Italy to make it to my plans. Thankfully, I swallowed my fear and am finally going to experience
La bella vita”
Also, I’m going to try to learn some basic Italian. Ciao!