and so. back to italy we go.
our friend from study abroad told us that she was getting married on the italian coast over a year ago, and while it seemed like a pipe dream, we decided we'd try and save up for the plane tickets.
and we did. and now we're going.
as excited as i am about the trip, i'm even more excited to see everyone from our program - most of them i haven't seen in eight years. and if the past few posts reminded me of anything, it's that the people and not the place make the trip.
|lake como - 2004. my favorite picture of us. ever. even with my hippie hair.|
one of my favorite memories of traveling with katie occurred when we went to rome on our fall break during study abroad. we went to a tiny restaurant near our hostel, yammering away about how excited we were to be there. the couple next to use heard our fluent english and struck up a conversation - canadians, in italy on their honeymoon, we compared notes about our experiences abroad thus far. then our food came and we drifted back to our own conversations and eventually we asked for our check. but the waiter informed us as best he could in his italian that there was none - the canadian couple had picked up our bill. we were shocked, and profusely started to thank them. i always remember what they said:
"you guys are young and far from home - i'm sure your parents would like to know someone is looking out for you."
and isn't that just it sometimes - looking out for another, stranger and friend alike? taking the time to make sure someone feels like another person cares about them, no matter how small the gesture may be? it's a lesson that i've tried to keep with me.
as it is with random acts of kindness from strangers, you can't pay them back. you must pay it forward. so back we go to italy, where i hope someone young and far from home crosses our path and i can pass on the kindness that was once bestowed on me.
see you in a week kids. enjoy your start to summer!