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*homesick* per la Madre terra

“At times it returns, in the motionless calm of the day, that memory of living immersed, absorbed in that stunned light.”     — Cesare Pavese, “The Night”

Tonight, Italy was on my mind. The country where I spent 7 glorious months of my life bombarded my memory so much that I just had to blog about it. Perhaps its because this summer, my poolside reading list includes the book “La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World’s Most Enchanting Language” by Dianne Hales. In fact, it’s also because several of my friends and acquaintances are visiting Italia this summer and, since I am apparently the “expert” in this case, wanted me to recommend the best places to wine, dine and explore. And it is definitely because I share a kindred spirit with two of the kids in the painting class I am teaching this week, Alessandro and Mariella, whose papà hails from Roma. Whatever the case, I am homesick for the Motherland and desperately wish to return in the near future.

It is hard to imagine that 6 years ago this month, I left what I now nostalgically refer to as the “Motherland” for a foreign country I had left behind 4 months prior. Tears streamed down my face as my flight took off from Roma-Fiumicino Aeroporto, as reality finally hit. I never knew that time away from all I once held dear could change a person so drastically.

My experiences in Italy, both studying abroad + living in a 16th Century convent in Orvieto and interning at a contemporary art gallery in Milano, certainly changed me in more ways than one. In some ways, I like to think I was healed from all the baggage that once weighed me down… feelings of imperfection and fear… no longer prevail in my life. Rather, a deep awareness for the world and people around me, coupled with an adventurous spirit and curiosity, redeemed me completely. Gli italiani are to thank, of course, for they are amongst the kindest of souls and would certainly go out of their way to help and love a stranger in need. Heck, I even tried to relocate there at one point in my life…

I hope to share my next Italian adventures with a close friend who has walked some of life’s rockiest paths with me. Until then, I will daydream until I can see the zigzag cypress trees on the hill below Orvieto, hear la bella lingua spoken at the morning open-air markets, touch the grapes that will eventually be made into wine, taste the creamy goodnesss of many licks of gelato and smell the aroma of fresh foccacia bread in the brick oven.

Non sono italiana, but I wouldn’t mind being one again… for life.

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Deep Creek Lake, MD

I am Kayak...After being sick with swine flu symptoms this past week, I was more than happy to feel well enough to resume my 4th of July plans… one of them being a day trip to Deep Creek Lake in Garrett County, MD. My friend from college and I ignored the invasive weather reports, which called for rain for most of the day and headed up there anyway. It didn’t rain one drop, and was actually sunny on the way up and back from the lake (though mostly overcast while we were actually ON the lake). It was exciting to finally visit Maryland’s largest freshwater lake, and to venture off to another side of Maryland that is completely different from the suburban sprawl that I call home. We got there well past lunch time and had the afternoon and early evening hours to enjoy the peaceful setting. It was too cold to go swimming (around 65 degrees F), so we had a lovely picnic on the beach and did a quality photo shoot. Everything was super laid back and really chill… a much needed vacation from the stresses of work and school! Western Maryland is a total gem – full of natural beauty, small towns, cascading green mountains and many interesting rock formations. A total treat… so I hope to be back later on this summer! 

Closest town: McHenry, MD (where you can find some delicious homemade ice cream, popcorn and fudge…. mmmmmm!!! The tastes of summer…)

Directions: {from the DC Area and points EAST} Follow I-70 to I-68, Take Exit 14 onto Route 219 South. Follow Route 219 for approximately 13 miles. The Visitors Center is on the right. The drive is beautiful and absolutely worthwhile!

Helloooo {Word} Press!

I just moved my blog from Blogger to WordPress and couldn’t be happier. This is a way to motivate myself to get back into blogging regularly. From now on, I will be musing on a variety of topics such as art, culture, lifestyle, spirituality, travel, society… you name it… and drawing examples from my own life as a foundation. Feedback is always welcomed, so let me know what you guys think about my writing style in general. I will also be updating this site with a mini photography portfolio, so stay tuned!

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