When describing our culinary adventures, we always tell potential guests to “Expect surprises!” but it can be hard to explain the exact quality of unexpected moments that pop up throughout a trip.

When Natalie Beck, a friend of a friend from Boulder, pulled Peggy’s phone number out of her pocket and joined the 2010 Amalfi sailing program last June, the course of her European vacation was changed and she jumped head-first into an experience that she describes as “something out of the movies.”

“I was living by the rule of ‘Yes’,” Natalie explains, “No matter what it was, I decided to say Yes.” Saying yes became infinitely easier as she traveled with Peggy among new Italian friends. “I was treated like family by everyone I met, the whole time, because I was with Peggy.”

Watch Natalie retell a few of her favorite moments from the trip in this short video clip, filmed at Cafe Aion in Boulder: