As this journey begins to come to an end, I find myself struggling both for words and for closure. There is no way to eloquently explain my state of mind and state of heart.
What an incredible journey. In my blessed time away, I experienced some of the most joyous days of my life and some of the hardest. Before I left, Dad said to me, “Grace, let Italy do its work on you.” The impact of Italy on my existence is already largely apparent and I cannot even imagine how it will continue to unfold.
This will forever be very much a part of me and who I become. The beauty of this place and of this journey is something that I will carry with me always. Arrivederci, Firenze! ♥
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you- it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you… Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”- Anthony Bourdain