I can’t really believe it’s already October. Where has the time gone? The last three months have flown by. It’s challenging to remember what I was even doing in my last update. Good thing that I’ve decided to keep track with these quarterly check-ins. So what have I been up to lately? Let’s find out.
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July was probably one of the most stressful months for me. As I wrote before, we were moving and life was really spinning around us.
The months leading up to the move were stressful and I was just looking forward to having the move done and over with.
The move itself came and when the dust settled it was all behind us. With all our belongings in storage, we were now getting used to our temporary lodgings. We were in a different part of town, in new surroundings and had a number of new challenges to tackle.
It seems we were all a bit off our game, especially our dog Snoopy. Poor guy is old and had a hard time getting used to the new digs. Since he’s a trooper, he adjusted quite well before we had to pack up and move again.
The funny thing is that once we moved out of our house, it seemed like it was a lifetime ago. I guess we were too busy planning our escape to Italy to worry about anything else. A new set of excitement and problems needed solving.
As we decided to bring our dogs with us, we got a crash course on what it takes to bring pets to a different country. I spent my time running around vets, pet stores and other government offices trying to figure out what needed to be done. I even wrote a post about it, as it seemed so many people had many questions about it.
The trip to the airport and getting us all checked in was the final stress before we could enjoy la dolce vita. I actually cried when we had to leave the dogs with the airline staff. At that point, there wasn’t anything else we could do. Italy was waiting for us.
We spend the first couple of weeks on the beach getting much needed down time. It was nice to finally relax and not worry about anything else other than making it to the beach early enough to get a spot under the umbrella. This was what we were waiting for the whole year.
We’ve done a week on the beach, explored small towns with medieval castles and made few trips to larger spots. We even squeezed a trip to Rome, which has a special spot in our hearts. To my dismay, it was packed with tourists. I would even say it was busier than August, if you can imagine that. It seems Italy is just as popular in September as it is at any other time of the year.
Autumn in Italy is something we are experiencing for the first time and so far, we’re enjoying every minute of it. The pace of life here is quite different, which is something we’ve been getting used to. But it’s a very dog friendly place, which has been a pleasant surprise.
We’ve all adjusted quite well to our new life. The dogs were a bit sheepish at first, exploring the new smells with caution. We discovered that Moka likes to chase lizards that roam freely everywhere. They are small and quick which makes her fun to watch as she tried to get them.
Snoopy is not fond of the European cobbled streets and gets quite tired in the heat. It’s been fun having to carry him around (insert eye roll here).
We’ve been living in the Italian countryside for close to two months. It has its share of ups and downs. You might recall that we wanted to move here on a more permanent basis, but a number of things have made that a challenge. Ideally, we wanted to live in Rome, but that will have to take a back seat for now.
What have we discovered living here? Well, I have a hard time getting used to everything being closed for most of the day. It drives me crazy not being able to walk down the street to a store during the day. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but something that needed an adjustment. Other than that, life is not that different here.
The blog has kept me busy and sane before the move and after. However, I scaled down to one post a week from two and then took a break. The realization that I needed a break was quite eye opening. I forgot the importance of taking a vacation. When you work for yourself, it’s so easy to be wrapped up in the work and not take time off to recharge. Lesson learned.
I took couple of weeks off for some TLC and it was probably the best thing I could have done. I came back recharged and refreshed, ready to blog away.
Since Alex’s work hours have shifted, I’ve adjusted mine as well. I work pretty much 10+ hours a day on the blogs (remember I have two of them now) and freelance work. I’ve been getting a lot of stuff done, mostly behind the scenes that you don’t get to see. There is still so much to be done.
Fall travel plans
Fall/autumn, whatever you call it, is my favourite time to travel. We’ve been doing little trips around Italy and there is still more to come. Next week we head to Florence, a city that had captured my heart the first time I was there long time ago. Can’t wait to see if it lives up to the memory.
I will also be taking a trip to couple of exciting places. There will be a quick stop to London to visit some friends before I head to Morocco. I am so excited, as Morocco is one of my recent obsessions and I can’t believe I will finally land there. That will be country number 30 and continent number five for me.
As I’m always in a trip-planning mode, there could be other travels as well. I think I’ll also work on my 2019 plans. There is even a possibility that I might do a group tour, something I’ve been contemplating for some time. This is probably the first time in my life where I can plan a trip without having to base it on available vacation. There is something very exciting about it.
I’m actually excited about going back to Toronto. As much as I love Italy, I miss our friends and family. There is a new home waiting for us and new adventures to be had. I can’t wait to see how the last quarter goes.
How has your year been so far? Do you have any exciting plans for the rest of the year? Let me know what they are.
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