This is Bergamo, a city in Northern Italy close to Milan. And yes, it always looks this golden and picturesque. Just kidding. But not really. This view is of the lower town taken from the upper town. Credit to: sumfinity.com and Nico Trinkhaus for this photograph. Find it here.
Still infatuated with Rudsak, I am currently loving these fingerless gloves-so handy for using a touchscreen phone without having to take them on and off. Probably not the most functional for Canadian winters, but I anticipate will work quite fabulously in Northern Italy (please stop raining though, otherwise all this fur fun is a no-go!). I was going to do a photo actually wearing these until I realized they are vacuum-packed away in the depths of my luggage. These are not available online for some reason, so I guess you'll have to make a 12 hour stop-over in Toronto/Montreal before your New Year's ski trip to the Swiss Alps.
If you enjoy these pins that I've collected and want to see all of them in one spot, just click 'Inspiration and Motivation' on the category section to the right. It seems silly, but the Pinterest travel and quotes boards have given me alot of courage when it is faltering. I just try to think about all of us that pin these haphazardly, but do we ever really follow-up on what they say? Are we really making an effort to be out seeing the world at any cost? Not usually, because it's scary and uncertain. But Amanda Lindhout did it, on cocktail waitress tips. And my friend and fellow-pharmacist Michelle is doing it- next year she will embark on the coveted around-the-world trip. Check back for more inspiration and perhaps even some fascinating interviews with other female trail blazers who are 'daring to live the dream'.
It seems like Ms. Bradshaw has the right words for every situation in life, including moving away from the ones that we love. It is comforting to realize that, in truth, we are all so very close. Though land and ocean may separate us- planes, trains, and cars can bring us back together at the click of a mouse or at the turning of a key. I try to remind myself of what it would have been like in the past, to salute your country and countrymen knowing you may never be able to return. Instead, I know we will be seeing each other soon- in Bergamo, in Toronto, in Edmonton, in Florence, and in Ireland for starters.
Attila is Massi's childhood cat that behaved always more like a dog than a true cat. He would often see our car coming back late at night from the club and come to greet us, then he would wait for us to go into the house and up the stairs.
Atilla è il gatto di Massi da quando era giovane e si comportava sempre più come un cane che un gatto. Spesso, veniva a salutarci quando stavamo tornando dalla discoteca, poi ci aspettava per entrare in casa e salire.
Jasmine is a former pharmacist turned freelance writer, foodie, and fashionista from Alberta, Canada living "the sweet life" in Bergamo, Italy.