A Place Like Home
At age 14 I visited Italy with my mother. It was a magical trip filled with delicious food, interesting/beautiful sights and sweet moments for us together. I was hooked. Five years later at 19 I chose to study abroad in the Northern Italian town of Modena, home of balsamic vinegar and birthplace of Ferrari – among other wonderful things. I immediately felt comfortable among the sherbet buildings and narrow streets (more on Modena here)…
So a few years later when I was at a loss for what to do post-graduation, I decided to return to Modena as an English teacher. It was a great job that allowed me to build important people/cultural skills that have come in handy throughout my career.
One of my first students, Marzia, became a best friend…16 years later we are as close as ever.
Given the important role of Italy in my life, it was the natural place for me to go recently for some soul searching after deciding to leave my marriage of 13 1/2 years. Being there, I felt the same sense of comfort and renewed zest for life that I have on each visit to the country.