To Italia With Love.

Dear Italia, As our time together comes to end, I would like to thank you for all that you have done for me and how much you have changed my life.

On that fateful day in June three years ago, I fell for you.

And I fell hard. Fast forward a few summers, thousands of miles, and whole lot of of gelato and I could not be happier.

While things have not always been perfect and your unreliable buses, trains, restaurant hours and movie schedules have been the cause of a few headaches,

I am willing to put up with them because despite your flaws, you complete me.

Thanks to you I have met the most beautiful people,

seen some amazing places,

and eaten amazing and unforgettable food.

Above all, I love who I am when I'm with you.  With you I breathe deeper, walk slower, worry less, smile bigger, and laugh harder.

I swear it seems that all of my anxieties melt into your cobblestone streets whenever you're around.

You have given me some of the best times of my life and I will never forget them.

While I am reluctant to leave, I am not sad because I know that, without a doubt, I will be back.  It's not "ciao"-- it's just "arrivederci."

Un bacione,

Julia