Every summer between third and fourth year pharmacy at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, thirty to forty students embark on a study abroad in Italy- specifically, to the picturesque town of Forio on the island of Ischia. And perhaps I am biased, but it is my belief we learnt more about enjoying life (and food) in those three weeks than in our entire university careers. At the helm of the ship was Papà Salvatore, the patriarch of the family that we spent almost every waking hour with, who taught us everything from making gnocchi by hand to what it means to be truly rich. Richness is found around the table and in the laughter of loved ones, it is to be nurtured in the quiet satisfaction of a day spent following your passion. It is with a heavy heart that the Faculty of Pharmacy Class of 2013 offers condolences to the Colella family, may you take comfort in knowing your father, grandfather, husband, and friend touched so many lives and those lives are being lived now a little richer, even an ocean away.
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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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