Since I was a little, little girl I have always dreamt of going to Paris. Never did I think I would go alone, but I truly believe that fulfilling this dream of mine on my own was exactly how it should have gone.
My next stop was Nice, France. I still haven’t decided if Nice was so magical because *helloooo* its the French Riviera, or if its because it was the first place I ever traveled entirely on my own. Either way, the 5 days I spent in Nice were some of the most wonderful days of my life.
I am now entering the fourth week of being in this beautiful town and I have only fallen deeper in love. I always thought that the real appeal of Italy was Venice, Tuscany or on the Amalfi Coast, and perhaps there is appeal there, but I have found so much love for the Piedmont (northwest) region of Italy. If you consider yourself a “mountains” person, this is the place for you! I always said I was a mountains person but in my mind I would think of how refreshing the ocean is on a hot day… but after hiking in a certain mountain range here, it is absolutely confirmed that I am indeed a mountains person. I would also toy with city vs country; I believed I was a country person, but being young and loving nightlife I have recently swayed more towards city. Being here, though, I can also confirm that I am much more of a country person.
I am nearing the one week mark living in Villanova Mondovì, Italy with a family I met on a website called Workway. They are too sweet for words. To say that I am culture shocked would be an understatement and to say that I am loving it would also be an understatement. I am not sure exactly what I was expecting to experience or find here, I just knew it would be different. I didn’t realize how different it really would be.
The absolute hardest thing for me to do is rely on other people. In this stage of life I’m in (being a student) it is almost expected that everyone is a flake at some capacity. The phrase, “let’s get lunch sometime!” becomes a new way to say goodbye and, “oh my gosh, I’m so sorry, I forgot I have so much homework tonight,” is the soundtrack to our weekdays. Don’t get me wrong, I’m 100% guilty of backing out of plans last minute so I can binge watch New Girl by myself–not even going to pretend that hasn’t happened before, but let’s get a little deeper into this.
In life there are moments that make sense. You press on the brakes in your car and it stops. You go to sleep late and wake up tired the next day. You stub your toe and the nail falls off. You stretch a little too far in yoga and the next day it’s hard to walk. There’s this phrase in the bible, “you reap what you sow” and it’s kind of like the biblical version of “karma.” What you did yesterday greatly affects what happens today, good or bad. That makes sense, right?
When thinking about all of the “stuff” I own, the clothes I donate each year, the leftover food I never get to, the dust I sweep up off the floors, and the stuffed animals I donated when I moved out of my parent’s house, it makes me think about what I really value in my life. I have slept with the same teddy bear since I was 10 years old and I am now a 20 year old full grown woman. I can’t sleep without him, but if my house was going up in flames, I wouldn’t risk my life dodging flames to safe my dingy-oversized teddy bear.