It's day the end of day 11. The past week I went to yoga, went to a girls night dinner with my host mom, played a solo show in a basement, and continued to see what my life here is like.
Sundays are meant for spending time with family. Today we went for a walk on the Corso (the main road in the center. The city has 70,000 inhabitants, and everyone knows everyone. While we were strolling up and down, we ran into about 5-10 people the family knew in the hour we were out. We strolled, grabbed a coffee (read: shot of espresso), went to the cheese shop to buy some for lunch, and headed home. Strolling on the corso and running into friends is simply something that doesn't happen in LA, but it also doesn't happen in larger cities I've been to like Florence (where I lived for a semester Fall 2012) and Rome ( that I've visited a few times now). Socializing is a big part of life down here in the South of Italy. As busy as the people are, as fast as the hustle can be for a small city, they take their time.They take their time eating lunch and dinner, they take time to spend it with family and friends. Breakfast is a quick espresso and maybe a cookie or two. Besides that, life is meant to be LIVED.
photos above: I was taking photos at the cheese shop when the cashier noticed and decided to break out a bottle of wine and take a photo with me. I enjoyed his sense of humor.
Tonight we put up the Christmas tree which was doses of fun. Listening to American Christmas music, putting up the plastic tree, hanging ornaments. I'm happy I'm here to experience these moments with this family. I'm happy I decided to do this, I'm happy with whatever this experience ends up being. I'm not going to worry so much about what I feel like I NEED to be doing. Nothing NEEDS to be done. That's all in my head. All I need to do is take every moment as it comes, and give every moment every single bit of energy I have.
Who knows what the universe has got for me this week!
Ciao ciao. ci sentiamo presto.