I doubt I have change much, however. My laugh is still as loud and jolly, I still love politics (although I am more worldly in my knowledge) and I still love pizza - perhaps more now than ever! I have gotten a taste for a nice Chianti however, and I am slower to plan things and just sit back an wait for things to play out. Perhaps I have finally learned patience? :)
This past weekend we said good bye to one of our group - Nick is off on his new adventure in Milano where he is now going to be working. Our group seems smaller without his sarcasm and dashing smile. Larissa is leaving this Friday which breaks my heart... She really is a kindred spirit with her sweet giggle and willingness to go on any adventure I concoct. I will miss her greatly! She is moving to Canada in March so I am excited to introduce her to all the people I have talked so much about!
We stayed in Siena this weekend and had a quiet couple of days and a rowdy couple of nights... Followed by a goodbye breakfast with Bacon for Nick. It was a sad day but we hopefully will see him when we go to Milano next weekend!
Today we went to Castellina in Chianti which is this beautiful little medieval town that is so sweet you swear it's all for show. The people are simply wonderful and the views over the Chianti vineyards breathtaking. Each place we go to has its own gentle charm and loveliness but this one reminds me of some of the small villages in France i recall from my frat trip there. It is so quaint and beautiful I just can't do it justice. These little day trips are going to continue throughout this week which I am excited about as I want to see all of Italy, not just the cities. For 12 euro there and back, how can you stay home?
The windy roads are crazy in that when your on the bus, the swaying to and fro almost makes you ill. Nothing a glass of Chianti won't cure! :) the views out of the window are simply spectacular however an it makes it so worth it! :)
Tonight we are heading to a traditional Osteria where we will eat until we explode and drink great wine and laugh well into the night! I say it again, Italians know something about living!
A month has passed but this smile has seldom left my face. It feels so good to have joy back - it is all that I feel - joy and peace which means that this trip is exactly what I needed and so much more. I will be returning more whole, less broken and with an insatiable thirst for great wine, espresso and good food.
Life is messy, but that doesn't make the messy bad - the messy bits are just turning points for the next amazing part of your life. You just have to be brave enough to wade through the mess and find peace.