I'm not a full-blown country girl by any means, not like some of my girlfriends who were born and raised in small town Alberta. But I've always felt like a city girl with a country soul which explains my love of country music, cowboys, backroads, and you know, there's always something bout' a truck. In case you don't know Canadian geography so well, Alberta is the second province from the West and it's all prairies and canola fields between its big cities. It's really gorgeous, but the kind of gorgeous that maybe you can't appreciate until you don't get to see it everyday: an endless blue sky kissed by the brightest yellow fields. It's Canada's version of The South in the USA (the photo above was taken by Massi in Texas)- part of the school physical education curriculum is learning how to line-dance and two-step to Fishin' in the Dark. Being in Italy, there's just absolutely nothing reminiscent of the countryside that I knew growing up or the music we would blast from speakers in the summer. I'm going through a kind of withdrawal. It just goes to show that no matter where you are, don't take it for granted. There's an Italian saying that you can't enjoy two paradises. We've chosen Italy as our paradise, but if you're reading this and wishing you were somewhere else, just think that there's someone out there dreaming of driving down a dirt road, wind in her hair. x
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Jasmine is a former pharmacist turned writer and wine drinker from Alberta, Canada living "the sweet life" in Bergamo, Italy.
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