My Italian Connection

My story about how I ended up so entwined in this country is not a short one and not easily summed up, but I will do my best to shorten the story and get you to my "Italian Connection"!

I was first introduced to The Godfather trilogy in the early 2000's at a young age (arguably, too young). Immediately, I fell for Michael Corleone and the world he inhabited - strange, I know. The music, the food, the love, the danger and the devotion to family, it was all so enticing and fascinating. My passion for the (movie version) Italian culture subsided as I started high school and was distracted by my real, north american day-to-day life. Every once and a while I would pull my Godfather collection out and sit down for a marathon of viewing, reigniting my passion (and oh what a passion is was, let me tell you!). Fast forward to 2014, I've been out of high school for 4 years, making my way in the "real" world, I had just returned east from living in Jasper and also a time in Vancouver. I was living at home, I was confused, lost and not knowing what to do with this life that laid out in front of me. I had a friend who had lived abroad in Paris for a whole year as an au pair, which is essentially an underpaid nanny (but your housing and food is all paid for), and although her experience was not overly positive, she felt strongly that it had still been a great learning curve. Given my affinity for children and my love of travel, on a whim one night I registered as an au pair. We were instructed to choose 3 countries in which you'd love to visit and learn about, apparently Italy was on my list. Before I was able to upload any information about myself, I was inundated with messages from Italian mothers who were desperate for an English speaking au pair. After of non successful interview sessions, I received a message from a young woman regarding me and if I was still available. She wanted to connect as soon as possible, she had already decided that I was the one, it was just up to me to buy the ticket and take the leap. I leaped, with both feet, into this door that had opened for me, I was ready for a big change! 

Full speed ahead to now, skipping a few steps which you can find in my initial blog posts about how I ended up so connected to Italy, and here I am a week away from departing on my third adventure to Bella Italia! It's exciting, my third Christmas in Italy, there is nothing like it!

The reason I mentioned The Godfather was this, for so long I had an imaginary Italy living in my head (as most people do who have not yet visited) and the moment I stepped off that plane, things were not as I had anticipated. Let’s be honest, yes, a lot was stereotypically Italian, but what really amazed me was the countryside of Abruzzo. Nothing had prepared me for a such a sight, it blew my mind, and it continues to blow my mind again and again.

I will be back on Italian soil as of the 12th of December and I have a feeling that my connection to this wondrous country is only going to grow...and did I mention I fell in love? How cliche! Yes, I fell in love during my first summer abroad. In my wildest dreams I never would have imagined this path for myself, I never would have fathomed that I would be able to understand another language, let alone speak it. And lastly, I never imagined that I would be considering making Italy my home.

So there you have it, my connection to "Il bel paese"! Ciao for now xxxbacioxxx


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This blog is part of a link up, #DolceVitaBloggers is a monthly link up to ignite and explore your love for Italy and it is brought to you by these lovely ladies: Kelly italianatheart.com, Jasmine questadolcevita.com and Kristie mammaprada.com!

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  1. Hi Lauren! Thank you for linking up to #DolceVitaBloggers! Love your story and how it's unfolding. You were so brave just getting on a plane and going, living with a family you didn't know and just getting on with it. So impressed! It's funny how life takes you off in a certain direction and it was meant to be. Really looking forward to reading more! Thanks for sharing. Kristie xx

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    1. Thanks Kristie, very encouraging to receive a comment like this. It's all exciting and overwhelming and wonderful!

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  2. Laurennnnnn!!!! Thank you for your post and for joining up with us. I can't believe that you're back in just one week?! Where does the time go!! I keep forgetting we've never met in real life, do you feel like that too? I feel like we've known each other forever ha! One day it's gonna happen...in the meantime, happy packing and have a good flight over!

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    1. Thanks Jasmine, I’m happy I joined in as well! I do feel like we’ve met and you’re right, it blows my mind that we haven’t yet! One of these days! And now we’re down to crunch time, I fly to Amsterdam —-> Rome tomorrow! I’m pretty anxious but excited as well, of course!

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  3. Ahh! Love it! But I've never seen the Godfather (don't hate me ��). But you have me intrigued enough to watch it now!! hahaha!

    Enjoy the snow!!! ������

    Angela Williams

    www.angela-williams.org

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    1. Angela, you now have a mission you must accomplish with Davide! It could be romantic...? Maybe not! I won’t be enjoying the snow for long, I’ll head out tomorrow back to bella Italia!

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  5. I love the Godfather too! My dad and I used to marathon watch it every year between Christmas and New Year. I've never been to Abruzzo but I'm told that distant family has origins there. One of these days I'll have to did deeper and see what I can find! Have a great Christmas in Italy!

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