Today marks a week that I have been in Italy. My family has been fantastic and has shown me around the region of Marche. I have gotten to explore the city of Macerata and have become familiar with the town of Pollenza.
On Saturday, we went to the Port of Rencanati. Coming from Southern California, I am accustomed to freezing oceans and hot beaches. The Adriatic Sea is humid but manageable and the water is luke warm! I cannot tell you the last time I was in the ocean, but Virginia slowly coaxed me into the beautiful sea and I am so glad she did. I have not felt a peace like that in years.
Having been to Italy in 2011, I feel that I am familiar with the culture and have a general idea of its people. With the recent immigration crisis that Italy is facing, I noticed a few differences that I hadn’t noticed on my last visit. Granted, I was only in the major cities on my first visit. On the boardwalk, it was difficult not to notice the street peddlers that were walking around with flowers, toys, and balloons to sell. These were not the ordinary “gypsy” peddlers that you are warned about, but African and Middle Eastern men that spoke broken Italian. I found the situation interesting because it reminded me of the Hispanic men and women that often line the freeway entrances with their own flowers, fruit, and toys to sell. I appreciate the efforts made by the men to establish a form of work and try to provide for themselves. I know that immigration is a problem in both countries…I only hope that it’s a problem we can resolve so that all parties can have an equal opportunities.
I appreciate the opportunities to have American citizenship. It is an opportunity that my grandparents made possible when the immigrated (legally) to the states. With this in mind, I hope that immigration reform is something that can be settled within my life time, especially because I am in Italy on a visa.
I feel like I’ve been running since I got to Italy. My first full day here included showing American Opera Students around the city (that I don’t know) and then spending time with my Italian little sister and her friend. Trust me, I am not complaining! I loved every moment, but today was exactly what I needed. My family and I slept in and drove out to their country home. It was beautiful! There were rolling hills with hours nestled in between. Beautiful groves of sunflowers and orchards full of olive trees. The country house sat on top of a hill looking over the patchwork farmland below.
The whole purpose of going out to the country today was to relax. At first, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to relax. But, I soon got comfortable and slowly began to feel myself let go. I cannot tell you the last time that I stopped and thought about nothing. Nothing! Not a single thought went through my mind. I was simply sitting on the porch listening to the bees buzzing around while taking in the beautiful scenery. It was bliss.
We get so busy in our lives that we lose ourselves and not in the best way. I know that I lost myself today, but in the best way possible. I was able to let go and just be in the moment. When was the last time you were able to do that?
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I started this blog years ago and then quickly lost track of it. I tried to recreate this blog again earlier this year as a way for me to relax and release some pent up energy, but I lost track of it. This time is lost track of it because I started for the wrong reasons. I am going to try again.
Hopefully, for the right reasons this time.
I am sitting on a plane traveling about 664 m/h on my way to Italy. The road here has not been easy and there has been heartbreak and loss along the way, but I’m looking forward to my adventures in Italy and all that I will discover.
Let me explain…I am a part of an exchange program. I will tutor a family in English in exchange for room and board. I have done this program in the past in the summer of 2014 in Spain. I loved it.
I have several reasonings for going to Italy. First, I love to travel and experience new cultures and people. Second, this will be my last summer to participate in a program like this. I will be graduating soon which means grad school and a full time job. Third, I need to find myself.
I feel that the first two reasons are self explanatory. I know the third is a bit ambiguous.
In the last two years, I’ve lost myself. I don’t recognize the person in the mirror. I’m hoping that while in Europe, I am able to rediscover myself and create beautiful memories along the way. Most of all, my goal is not to necessarily to find myself, but to enjoy the experience and live in the moment as much as possible.
Please follow me along my journey! Maybe you’ll rediscover yourself this summer as well!
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I have been feeling extremely overwhelmed, anxious, and depressed the last few weeks. So much so, that I haven’t attended classes or spent time with my friends and family. It all just seems so daunting and exhausting. This weekend I had lunch plans and invitations to two different parties. Both of which I could have easily attended even though they all fell on the same day, but the only appointment I made was my lunch plans. I was just so overcome with anxiety that I didn’t attended the parties. My friends were hurt but thankfully they understood. I feel like depression and anxiety have taken over my life and I have no idea how to break the cycle. I am trying to take things one day at a time. I am a huge planner….huge! Sometimes I forget that life cannot be planned. It has to be lived. This quote serves a reminder to let go and live live. Feel free to share any thoughts!
As much as I would love to travel full time, I can’t. However, that doesn’t stop me from dreaming of the many different locations I would love to visit in the future.
- Cuba: I would love to visit Cube before it becomes overridden with tourists and American ideals. I want to see all of the classic cars lined up against the Havana sunset and enjoy authentic Cuban food in someones backyard.
- Costa Rica: I have come across so many people that have traveled to Costa Rica and have spoken so highly of this island that it has sparked my interest. All of the photos I have seen had stirred such a feeling of wanderlust that I am willing to risk the humidity. Bryan (my boyfriend) and I have decided that there would be the perfect honeymoon spot for us. It offers something that we are both interested in. Relaxing beaches for him and adventurous activities for me. I am looking forward to being able to enjoy this beautiful island for myself in the future.
- Iceland: Bryan and I have discussed visiting Iceland for a while now. The natural beauty and free thinking citizens have always intrigued us. I look forward to one day being able to witness the beautiful glaciers, waterfalls, and green pastures.
- Thailand: Thailand has become more of a recent addition to my bucket list, but the more I look into this beautiful country and all it has to offer, the more intrigued I become. Anthony Bourdain’s show Parts Unknow drove me to finally add this beautiful location to my bucket list. If you don’t watch the show, you need too!
- Russia: To be honest, the likelihood of getting to Russia right now is slim. Ever since I was a little girl I have dreamed of visiting Russia. It all started when I read Anastasia. I know, I know…I’m so nerdy, but its true. I dream to see Saint Petersburg with its beautiful palaces and rich history.
I would love to hear your thoughts, opinions, and places you would like to travel too! Feel free to share in the comments!
Hello world! I have anxiety, depression, and I struggle with negative self talk and remembering to be positive because my mind instantly goes to the worst case scenario. The last few days haven’t been the greatest. My stress level is high and I’m picking fights with my SO, which is never a good thing. I feel that everyone goes through these moments from time to time. My question to you sounds simple but I know it can be so much harder to answer. I wanted to know how you deal with negative self-talk and what you do to help you stay positive. Any help or advice is greatly appreciated! This is really hard for me because I’ve never been so public about my anxiety and how it affects me, but I hope that being open will help others as well.
This month my whole focus is to introduce myself to you in fun and different ways. I started with ten fun facts about me and today I’ll explain the meaning of my blog name. If you’ve seen any of my pictures you’ll most likely see that my hair is up in a bun. This is not entirely intentional, but has worked out that way with the length and type of hair I have. I have long, dark, curly hair. I don’t have those tight kinky curls, but the typical Hispanic curls …curly with a wave to it. Due to my hair and the fact that its such a large part of who I am my family nickname has become curlycue. It has been carried over into my adult life. The adventures part of my blog name is self-explanatory. I love to experience new things, learn about different people and their cultures. Traveling is one of my favorite hobbies and I wish I could do it more often, but it is an expensive hobby. However, I believe in participating in adventures that I can take in and around my city. I live in Southern California in the Inland Empire, which gives me access to great places in LA, San Diego, and Orange County. Most of all, I love sharing my experiences with you, my friends, and my family! I would love to hear about your blog name or any little fun fact about you! Feel free to comment!