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A New Year’s Letter for Adventures to Come

A splash of holiday color along the Lungarno.

As the year comes to a close, like many of you I am full of gratitude. For love, health, safety (after miles of traveling), family and friends and the kindness from all those who keep these programs afloat.

To quote poet David Whyte, I am twice blessed to have a first love as a work, but also, ultimately, to see it as no work at all, but as a way of being in the world; a way of holding the conversation of life that is enlarging, generous, deeply satisfying and a full reward in and of itself.”

What we look for when we travel is to find ‘authenticity.’ We want to rub up against something unfamiliar so it sparks us out of our daily slumbers. Waking up our senses to notice Piero’s hands dancing through the air when he teaches a cooking class in Tuscany, Francesco the busdriver’s spontaneous opera in Sicily, the perfection of Fabrizia’s elegant Sicilian cassata, Antonio’s tack and wind-shift with the sails while octopus slow cooks on the gimbled stove, Bahija’s excitement to get her elegant hands in to fluff the hot couscous… these are the gestures that touch us unexpectedly and make our trips meaningful. Continue reading…