From Rome, K flew home while I flew to Madrid to visit my childhood besty and her beautiful family for three days (they live in sort-of-nearby Caceres). Thereafter, I caught a train to Lisboa where I met up with a dear friend, and spent a week in Portugal. Now flying back to Pearson and so terribly excited to see my K and kitties again! Thus concludes this trip and back to work on Monday.
I enjoy reflecting on how a particular experience has affected me, whether in profound ways or otherwise. So how do my travel experiences affect me when I get home? Here are a sample of Taking It Homes for this trip:
1) Aperol spritz. I have had them before, but K and I took this particular aperitivo almost every night, and it thus became the drink of the trip. Three parts prosecco + two parts aperol + a splash of soda + ice + an orange slice = bliss after each day’s walk around Rome. We brought two bottles back to Toronto and I look forward to enjoying one after a long day at the office. (Note to Customs Canada: K and I brought back one bottle each)
3) Anchovies. I use them in homemade caesar salad dressing and in Korean soup stocks. But whilst in Italy, I ate anchovies smeared onto toast, as part of a nicoise salad and, of course, on pizza – all just so delicious. From now on, I will have anchovies in the house at all times and use them more liberally.
4) “A true friend is someone who knows all about you and loves you anyway”. I was fortunate to spend the last three weeks with a few of my closest friends. We are living in different countries, at different stages of life, dealing with our own issues. No matter what, I love you and I am lucky that you accept and love me.
P.S. Ecstatic moment as I realize I can listen to Madonna’s The Immaculate Collection on this flight. See number 2). I am actually teary-eyed at the moment. Happy for the last three weeks, happy to be going home and happy to be alive.
P.P.S. Congratulations to my cousin June and her fiance Dan on their engagement! Hamptons wedding, perhaps?
P.P.P.S. On the flight home, I sat next to the National Ballet of Canada’s music director, David Briskin. David was on his way back from the Royal Ballet’s premiere of Alice in Wonderland, which opened to strong reviews in the press and from David. The show is coming to Toronto in June: “buy your tickets now”, Briskin says. Will do!