Saturday, May 18, 2013
This is my current fascination. Italy. I had the pleasure of visiting last year for 10 days and it was incredible. I spent the first part of the trip in Geneva, an overnight in Paris and then to northeast Italy. I spent a couple of hours in Venice and it was plenty. I loved the canals and waterways but I felt claustrophobic with the onslaught of other tourists visiting. Crowded streets, cafes, souvenir shops...it was a bit much for me. I prefer a leisurely stroll of the city where I can carve out my own niche. I can meet people and experience a typical day.
A friend of mine had suggested heading to Seattle to explore the Pike Market, eateries and wine (obviously). As we lingered over when a good time for us to go she talked to a few of her other friends. One of whom has a villa in Italy. Immediately, she contacts me and says,"Instead of Seattle, what do you think of Italy? Fly into Milan and head to Lake Cuomo."
Initially, I thought, no. I was there, last summer, and I would like to go to Seattle. I have friends up there who I would love to see and Seattle would be an excellent break from the heat of the desert. Still, the more I thought about it...I thought, why not? What's stopping me from going but myself? I have an opportunity to go, with a place to stay, and I would be an idiot to pass it up. I probably will not get back to Venice but there is Milan, Rome, Florence and the entire southern part of the country that we could check out. I am inspired by an article I recently encountered. It was written by a 92 yr-old woman who had sage advice. 43 life lessons and I agreed with the majority of them. It is imperative to live the life you want to lead in the present. How as much as I despise my issues/setbacks/obstacles, given the choice between mine and someone else's problems, I would still choose mine. My favorite lesson concerned wearing purple and being eccentric now. I love that. It's true. Why not wear purple or be your own true self?
I guess that is the driving force behind this I want to go to Italy summer 2013. I checked out flights and they are not terrible. I called Lisa to commit to this adventure and tell her that I was seriously considering it. I stopped at a market to pick up a sandwich and found myself standing in front of an italian sparkling water. I see it happening. I see the signs and feel the urge to just do it.
Feeling blessed and full of sunshine. Happy Saturday!