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The wonderful Diana of Baur BB wrote a beautiful entry about gratitude the other day. Lately, I have thought a lot about how lucky I am to be able to travel and explore the world and her post inspired me to write down how grateful I am as well.

I am loved and I love.

I have the resources and freedom to travel.

I feel bubbles of joy in my heart when I think about the places I'll go.

I am going back to Italy after five years and the planning has made me so happy! Even buying little plastic bottles or test packing my bag makes me giddy.

I will once again be 100% surrounded by the Italian language. I will chat with grandmothers and shopkeepers and others whose path I cross.

I will ride trains to beautiful fields and interesting towns, while reading Italian magazines, chatting with my fellow passengers, and eating Italian food.

I will eat wonderful food.

I will visit beloved places and explore new ones. I will see old friends and make new ones.

For this I am grateful.

Don't think I'll see these guys again, though!

Comments (4)

Reading this makes me feel the joy too - great post! And those old men...it's just such a classic Italy photo.

Wonderful post :) How exciting to return to a place that you love after a very long absence. I loved your list of things to be grateful for and great photo!

Even though I am far from fluent, I get giddy just thinking about hearing Italian and struggling through a conversation but still using the Italian I know once again. And the food!!! And the places!!! I am also very lucky and grateful to have the resources to travel.

Wonderful post! Reading this makes me happy and grateful too.
I am so excited for you going back to Italy. Woohoo!


Thanks for this uplifting and joyful post, my friend ♥ I LOVE your phrase "bubbles of joy in my heart", it makes my own heart sing!

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