Il tempo vola (time flies) and boy does it go fast. A little over a year ago this time, we were living in Bologna – traveling every other weekend to Paris, Berlin, Ibiza – you name it. So, you all could imagine how much we miss the exciting life of a traveler. Yes, we both frequently scroll through past Facebook albums to quench the inevitable bout of nostalgia that comes about. Though, this longing to go back is always present in our lives, we are both slowly and fairly easily falling back into the routine of university life in California. This is mainly because we both live in incredibly beautiful places, that are hard not to fall in love with, because they are stunningly gorgeous, which sort of takes the edge off us being separated and all :*(
What we’ve both learned is that the life of a quasi ex-pat returning back to the motherland is not easy at first, just like it is when one first goes abroad. There is an adjusting period. The weird part is that when you come back to your life from before, you have to re-adjust to it again and re-learn how to do things, like drive and go grocery shopping in markets with more selection than one could ever possibly need. Then, eventually one day, you kind of just feel adjusted again. Both of us are finally approaching these days. We’ve learned that we don’t have to live our lives completely void of Italy; mainly because we both have REAL LIVE Italians studying at both our universities, doing an exchange program similar to the one we did. But, also we’ve realized that there are little ways to always keep Italy on the brain i.e. listen to Italian music, text with Italians and of course keep the Cucina Italiana VIVA!!!
Enjoy this video of Shelby and her mom making pizza in their backyard pizza oven:
Most importantly, we’ve both realized that coming back has been so much easier, because of the incredible new sense of confidence and that I can do anything (Beyoncé attitude), which has developed thanks to our year abroad. We’re both working in our universities’ study abroad offices, advising students on study abroad programs – we’re basically paid study abroad cheerleaders…WOO GO UCEAP!! So, things are good – tutto bene, raga! Classes have started back up and soon we’ll be busy with all the inevitable essays, readings and for Lily: math stuff (shelby doesn’t do math ;0) to come.
The one thing that has been quite difficult since being is back, is the fact that we don’t live in the same house anymore and don’t spend every waking second together. It’s hard to be apart because we’re buds and miss each other, but even more so for our Fatto Con California Love stuff. It’s hard to work on blog posts when we’re not together and keep up the vision we both had for our little project together. It’s not a huge deal, but it is something that we both really enjoyed doing together and would like to keep up. So, we apologize if you all don’t see a whole lot going on with our blog/instagram. We’re trying to figure out how to work separately, but together and also in what direction we want our project to go.
It seems as though this is going to be a year of figuring things out: what to do after college, where we want to live, if we want to go back abroad…A LOT to chew on. It’s exciting and scary, ma ormai SIAMO PRONTE (now, we’re ready)!!