Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Foodie Pen Pals

The Lean Green Bean

This month I joined something called Foodie Pen Pals. I was given a "Pen Pal" at the begining of the month and we connected, shared some basic information about our likes and dislikes and then went on our merry ways gathering food to send to the lucky receipient. On the 15th we are told to mail the package to our lucky pal and then wait by the mailbox for our packages!! While I was very excited to receive my package, I can not tell you what was in it just yet... I have promised that I would wait for the end of the month for reveal day!!! :) Stay tuned to see what this adventure holds! :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

My bestest travel partner

We should always celebrate when we have found success and friendship. I am celebrating a glorious year!!

One year ago, on October 6th, I met someone that would forever (and will forever) change my life. My sweet, wonderful friend Larissa! It is amazing, how 2 people from such different parts of the world, such different lives and certainly we are in different generations. None of this has ever, ever seemed to matter. We have always been able to chat easily and readily, share a glass of wine, find things to see and eat all sorts of yummy food.We plan to travel the world together, and I don't see how we couldn't, given that we have already been in 4 countries (soon to be 5 countries) together.

We have spent time in Italy, soaking up the sights and sounds of gorgeous Tuscany (and the not so gorgeous sights of Milano). We've toured Switzerland for a weekend, going to all sorts of different Christmas markets and seeing buildings that neither of us knew what they were. We have walked the Champs Elysee during the busiest Christmas Market either of us have seen and scaled the Eiffel Tower in Paris. We have shared many, many nights in the cozy condo in Calgary, with many more to come and time out in the mountains - with so, so much more to come (Winter is coming!).

We have many plans to travel, spending time in Italy, Cape Breton and Burma at the top of the list. We will stalk Steve McCurry and his amazing art. We will try and find the perfect glass of red wine, but in my heart I know we already have! We know that we will share in eachothers' joys and sorrows for years to come. I can honestly say that I met a true kindred spirit the night I met Larissa. She will forever be a part of so many happy memories that I have from Italy - even tho she was only there for a month of my time there.

She is like the sister I never had. I was so very lucky to be able to share October 7th and 8th with her, cheers-ing with wine and delicious cake - not only to celebrate how much we have done in the past year, but to celebrate her birthday!! I simply adore this lady, and wish that everyone could find a friend just like her! Everyone needs a Larissa!

Salute mia amica! Viaggeremo il mondo e bere vino per molti anni a venire!!