The countdown to my November 12th departure continues. In fact, in exactly 3 weeks I’ll be an expat. It hasn’t set in yet that I will be gone an entire year, but I am so excited to experience the world through food cultures. This is my dream.
I always said to myself that one day I would open a winery or start a food business, but back then all of that was just unsupported self-talk. I never truly thought this would be my future. I am proud of myself, of my determination to follow through with my goals, however unrealistic they once seemed.
I’ve learned that the world is an unpredictable place, and that your life, no matter how mundane, can change in an instant.
As my Gastronomy education progresses, I hope to learn more about the wine industry, as I would love to open a vineyard someday. I don’t need to live a lavish lifestyle, a small vineyard on the Italian countryside will do me just fine (if it happens to become wildly successful I obviously wouldn’t protest).
Even though the Italian consulate has made my life a living hell this week (I’ve had to drive up to LA twice because of documents I needed), hopefully I will get my visa before I leave. They have my passport so… I really don’t have another option.
Anyway, here are some photographs of my future home. Parma. And everything amazing that awaits me there.
Ci vediamo tra 3 settimane ragazzi!