If you passed me on the street, at first glance, you’d have no idea I have an Italy connection. I look Asian-ish although most of the year I’m “too tanned” to be Chinese or Japanese, I speak English with a Canadian accent and I say “eh” at the end of sentences. But under this deceiving exterior is an Italian-speaking, Italy-loving, quasi-Italian-citizen-by-marriage! Indeed, the secret’s out, I’m one of those girls that fell for a suave tall, dark, and handsome Italian boy once upon a time and got whisked away to the dolce vita and lived happily ever after. This inaugural post for the Dolce Vita Bloggers Link Up is about everyone’s Italy connection and this is mine. One summer, nine years ago, I was out with friends in a local nightclub in Edmonton, Alberta, the city in Western Canada where I was born and raised. From afar, I spotted my future husband and he was a vision in white jeans with long hair. He looked like the cover of a Harlequin novel, very Fabio-esque. He was the best thing I’d ever seen. I might have fallen in love at first sight (but don’t tell him!). We started talking about our past travels after he photo-bombed me and my girlfriends and the Monday following, we had a lunch date on the campus of University of Alberta where I was studying Russian and Biology at the time and where he was doing research for his engineering thesis. Fast forward to present day, I’m writing this from our house in Bergamo, Italy where we’ve been living since 2014 when I started the blog and decided to pack up my Canadian life for completely different way of life, one that I was banking on would be the perfect fit for me. Boy, was I right. Turns out Italy and I fit each other like my favorite pair of Stuart Weitzman. I am in love with the country, the people, the culture, the food, THE WINE, the language and my brand-new Italian hubby, listed in no particular order of preference just to be clear! Italian has essentially become my second love affair and I’ve been studying it for almost as long as I’ve been getting to know my husband all these years and in regards to both these things, I’m of the opinion that the learning will never stop. I am beyond excited to be part of this initiative, the brainchild of Kristie, Kelly, and I and we so hope that you share the feeling and our passion for Italy and all things Italian. So cheers everyone, to this sweet life (questa dolce vita) and to living like Italians, no matter where in the world we are!
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Jasmine is a former pharmacist turned freelance writer, foodie, and fashionista from Alberta, Canada living "the sweet life" in Bergamo, Italy.
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