*updated January 24, 2017*
When you visit Italy for the first time, everything feels so new and exciting.
Look at the beautiful old villas that are crumbling away. Let’s buy one and fix it up! We’ll plant cypress trees up the drive.
Oh, this wine is SO GOOD! And it’s so cheap over here!
What? We can go to their winery!? Let’s book a tour this weekend!
Ooooo. This church has mosaics from the 4th century! Look at the details! Incredible.
Quick! Let’s take a selfie of us eating this authentic Italian pizza. Cheese!
No, wait, how do you say “cheese” in Italian?
Now that I’ve been living in Italy for eight and I consider it my “home,” have my opinions of this country changed? Have I let Italy slip into a boring, monotonous routine, allowing it to become a place that I no longer appreciate nor marvel at?…