unbelievably fortunate

Note: this post has been migrated from my former blog “Parliamo dell’Italia – una ragazza fortunata a Perugia.”

This past weekend I spent 3 days on the Ligurian Coast visiting the 5 towns of Cinque Terre, beautiful Santa Margherita, and Portofino.

I thought before I went that the Amalfi Coast was the most beautiful place in the world. I now know that it is not, and that here on the Ligurian Coast is where I want to wake up every morning, have my wedding pictures taken at, and eventually die looking at the yellow-pink houses built into seaside cliffs that overlook vineyards and clear, aquamarine waters. All while eating risotto al mare and focaccia con pesto.

I have been told repeatedly how extremely lucky I am, how the people in my parents’ generation never had an opportunity like this, and I understood but I didn’t really get it. This weekend I got it. Right now, I am the luckiest girl in the world. I am spending 9 months in a foreign country with everything at my fingertips: a new language, a chance to change the way I look at life, and the opportunity to learn about and travel around a truly magnificent country. It is rare, this experience, and I think that fact has finally hit me. I have been enabled not only by my school, but most especially by my parents, family, and friends who supported my decision to remove myself from their lives for such a long time and to be so incredibly happy for me.

And so today I am grateful for a lot of things and I am going to continuously be grateful for them every single day I am here. I am sorry for this sap-fest of a post, but those of you who know me well know that I am the ultimate cheese-ball.

I am sorry for the lack of details about my trip to 5Terre. All I can say is that I wish I could have taken everyone I know and love with me this weekend and shared the experience I had. I spent 72 hours staring in awe at the natural beauty of this place all the while saying, “how lucky am I?”

So next time I am whining and complaining, please redirect me to this post and insert back into my brain the way I am feeling right now … I am unbelievably fortunate & that is the greatest thing in the world.