I’m not going to review my trip to Italy with Hopeful because I don’t want you to live vicariously through me (or others) when you’re more than capable of experiencing it for yourself.
If you’ve been to Western Europe you already have knowledge of the working to live and not live to work mantra that so many follow. Why we don’t adhere to this in North America is beyond me but as I’ve been told time and again they are in financial trouble so don’t go thinking the grass is greener. Even if this is the case may be getting into some trouble to maintain a good work/life balance is not such a bad idea because at least they appear to be enjoying themselves.
I have to say that I have come back from this trip a lot more chill and relaxed. It might be my body’s reaction to detoxing from all the booze and food that has altered my attitude but I think I had a sort of wake-up call that life is too short to fret over things you can’t necessarily change. Aside from some passionate conversations between couples and people talking about politics I didn’t see a lot of miserable or stressed out individuals and it was nice. Even the homeless man was having a great time but I guess when you’re homeless and wearing Prada pants life isn’t so bad….
Since I’ve been back home I’ve noticed (even more so than before) that people aren’t happy. It’s a miracle if someone smiles at you or looks you in the eye or even holds a door open. We are so busy being busy that we don’t have the time to be human beings.
I will be honest I don’t know how long my new outlook will hold for but I will enjoy it for as long as it lasts.
Places to stay: http://www.domusboccadileone.it
Find comfortable shoes as cobblestone is not your friend.
Best time to visit Apr – June then Sept – Oct
Drinks to try Prosecco before dinner & Lemoncello after dinner