Back in the lights of my hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Here's my Italy update: I had to come back to Canada because I was just back in Italy this time as a tourist and that gives you 90 days maximum before you need to return. Today I have just sent off my work visa application to the Consulate of Italy in Vancouver and now the waiting begins which should be around 2 weeks. The end result I'm waiting on is hopefully another shiny new year-long visa in my passport! So cross your finger and toes with me. Always a strange feeling to be back home. Home is always home, no matter how much I love Italy there's nothing quite like driving around your city, the city that grew you and that you grew up in and not have to think about the route. My muscle memory drives my car along all the streets, I subconsciously know what lane I need to be in, when a one-way street pops up. My radio station is still pre-programmed and I am not exaggerating when I say there's few moments comparable to being away and coming home and hearing your favourite country songs blasting from the car speakers, knowing the words to every song, singing aloud like a crazed person. The other thing that makes me smile at home are the Canadians. Listening to their unassuming accents, the clear, crisp English all around me is so indescribable, the feeling is close to having chills up your back. That's what happens when you live in a second language for awhile and go back home. I love that everyone smiles and asks me how my day is going and I ask the same thing and we smile like idiots at each other while I fish out change for my double double. And people hold the door open and move aside to let you walk past them. What trivial things that make Canada so lovely.
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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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