To my friends and family- thanks for asking the hard questions and yet sending me off with well wishes, there will always be a place for you in our home in Italy. You supported my crazy dreams the entire way and that is the true meaning of friendship and family. Your love and nurturing is what made me into who I am today- the kind of person who, thanks to you, has the backbone to move to pursue a fantastical dream. Please always stay in touch and visit.
To my colleagues and the profession of pharmacy- it has been the pleasure of a lifetime to work alongside so many wonderful pharmacists, technicians, assistants, and students striving to improve lives each and every day on the literal frontline of healthcare. I have loved the profession and loved my patients dearly, you gave so much to me in the form of trust and confidence.
To Edmonton and Canada- Edmonton, everyone complains about you but you are where I grew up and it is impossible to deny the fact that you hold almost all my most precious memories. My first love, my first drink, they all belong to you. There is a saying that you can never go home again but I know I'll be seeing you soon. Canada, I wouldn't want to be from any other country in the entire world. You are the epitome of what other countries strive to be, a sanctuary for people from everywhere and anywhere, a safe haven where multiculturalism and diversity are not new or foreign concepts but rather a way of life. Where saying sorry and smiling at strangers is commonplace. So I will always wear my flag proudly and try to be a living example of the true north, strong and free.
To everyone in Italy- grazie for making me feel at home during every trip, even when I knew only two words in Italian. And thank you even more, for being rather terrible at English and forcing me to learn the language of my future home!
And finally, to Massi- for taking a chance on a girl you met in a bar one warm summer's night in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and for all the sacrifices you made moving here to make it work. And more importantly, thanks for waiting.
GRAZIE and ciao for now (never goodbye).