Happy New Year, everyone! I am experiencing a change of scenery this winter and have moved down the road to Cortona. I am dog sitting for a couple of months, taking care of two fun-loving, humongous labradors. After the holidays wind down on the 6th, I will start looking for an apartment over here. The decision to make a move had to do with stepping out of my comfort zone. I have made lots of good friends in this neck of the woods and now that I have a car I have a little more freedom. Okay, maybe being closer to sushi also played a teensy part!! I will have a longer commute to the winery when the season ramps up, but there are always trade offs. I still go to Montepulciano once a week to do English lessons with some of the kids who have been with me since the beginning, and also because I want to make sure I don’t lose touch with Montepulciano, which has the distinction of being my first love in Italy.
So my days are filled with dogs, writing, and reveling in the aroma and heat of lovely wood fires every day. The area has more fog than I would like and its enveloping heaviness makes you want to sit around all day contemplating what your next meal will be and the next series you are going to binge watch. I am forcing myself to get out and get my run in and not succumb to the fog’s melancholy pull. I call it depression soup! I am told now that the cold weather has taken hold, the fog will depart. Fingers crossed. Be gone vile beast!
So my word for 2017 is courage, or coraggio in Italian. The idea being that I want to keep pushing myself to be more audacious and try new things even when it is scary. And maybe moving 20 minutes down the road doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it was tough to let go of the tether to Montepulciano and all the comfort that comes with familiarity. I have only been in my new neighborhood a month, but I am already loving its vitality. I just did my first Zumba class which was terrifying but in the end fun, and I am joining a book club. The social options over here are varied and I look forward to continuing to explore. So here’s to a bold new year in a brave new world!