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A very last minute decision brought me home for my March holiday. Due to insurance issues and the ever so fun bureaucra(p)tic paperwork that comes with living abroad, I decided that going home was needed. So, a sudden flight booked and home three days later! This is my fifth year abroad and it is rare for me to experience home sickness. In fact, there have only been two times in my experience abroad that I felt true painful loneliness for home. That isn't to say I don't miss home. Of course I miss my family and friends and comforts of home often, but that awful, heartbreaking longing for home thankfully is rare for me. However, a trip home and a giant hug from Mom can really make you remember how GOOD it is to be home. It was a quick trip, but time spent with my parents, my brother and sister-in-law and my favourite little person in the world made a quick trip totally worth it. Thankfully, I was even able to squeeze in some 'tourist' time in my own country.
I tagged along with my brother, Nichole and Paige to the new Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto. Despite freezing temperatures in the city, it was a very enjoyable day (once inside, of course). I also spent an afternoon at Presqu'ile Provincial Park in my hometown with my parents, exploring the ice volcanoes. Lining the shore of Lake Ontario is a stretch of formations that spray water from their cone-shaped tops. It is a pretty unusual thing to see at home!
My time at home was short. I sadly didn't get to see many friends as it was so last minute and quick. Thankfully, one of my best friends was able to meet up. For the past five years we have gone months and months at a time without seeing each other, but we always say how it instantly feels like no time has passed. Being away has definitely made me really understand how fortunate I am to have what I have at home. I'm one lucky girl to live my dream of traveling the world, while at the same time knowing I always have a home with people I cherish so much!
Ah, Genova. Beautiful, beautiful Genova. I am not a city person at all. At this point in my life I have chosen to live in the city purely because of career opportunities and the location of the cities I have chosen to be part of. However, the hustle and bustle and fast pace is not for me. The calmness and serenity of the seaside always captures my heart and will certainly be where I make myself a long term home. For these reasons, I immediately fell in love with Genova.
A friend who teaches at the American School of Milan joined me for a day of sightseeing and exploring. We discovered that we have a mutual love and passion for marine life, so we decided to visit the aquarium. The aquarium in Genova is the biggest in Italy and amongst the biggest in Europe. It certainly has some interesting exhibits, but sadly also houses dolphins, sharks and other creatures that I have a difficult time seeing in small enclosures.
After a stroll along the boardwalk and admiring the turquoise water (and mentally calculating how many work days are left before summer vacay so I can enjoy more of the seaside!!!), we headed to the city centre in search for a local restaurant that Carrie had read about on a blog. Thanks to her research and knowledge of Italian, we enjoyed a very authentic Genovese meal at Sa Pesta. Bonus - we were the only two non-Italians in the restaurant (we knew the food had to be good). We shared a plate of traditional Genovese food (a seaweed and cheese casserole style dish, some sort of chickpea tortilla and other deliciousness that I can't spell). We followed this with a traditional Genovese pesto dish and a local wine. All delicious!
After some tasty gelato, a walk around the city and accidentally taking a short cut through the 'rough' part of Genova (prostitutes lining the streets in the middle of the... day!?) we hopped back on the train and headed North to Milan! A great day and so thankful for a little taste of sunshine and sea.
Stay tuned for April Adventures!