We have just returned from Italy. The last few weeks were all spent working and preparing for our trip, so I’m finally back to writing, alive and well. It was a much-needed blog break, as we had so much to do to make sure this trip was a success and, thankfully, it was.
To be honest about it, words just can’t describe how amazing this past week was. It was far too short for the amount of work we had to do and most days found us exhausted as we worked to fit in as much as we could to help get this business* off the ground. From the outside, it may look like we had a vacation, because social media is just funny that way. I promise you, we worked our tails off.
We spent twelve hour days navigating Italy, working through language barriers, getting lost, and then found, and overwhelmed, but it was pretty magical just the same. Thankfully, Adam’s conversational Italian is still pretty much intact, so getting through the language barriers was much easier and I am currently research language classes to take. We are following big dreams and that’s not always easy, but it often leads to these beautiful adventures that are far out of our comfort zone. The best stuff happens there.
Thankful doesn’t even begin to describe how we’re feeling. My heart is both happier and worse for wear as I was reminded just how deeply I love that country, the city of Salerno, and the people of Italy. Neither of us had been back in six years and we needed this trip to realize what we’re working for. Leaving yesterday wasn’t the easiest, but, It’s also motivating beyond belief as I hope to have many more exhausting weeks in Italy through this business. I have more hope than ever that pursuing this business is exactly what are supposed to be doing. That’s the only to describe how this whole week felt, like everything was perfectly aligned and for that moment, we could see what it is we were working for and it felt like we were exactly where God wanted us to be.
The fact that Thanksgiving is this week, that we get to see family soon, and that a Christmas tree will soon grace us with its presence makes the ache of leaving Italy not quite so…achy.
So with that I say, “Ci vediamo dopo, Italy!”
*This business is Two Bottles Wine Co. We will bring you Italian wine from small-batch, family-owned wineries in Italy. Because these amazing wines aren’t as well-known, you can get an incredible bottle of wine for an affordable price. We’ll also tell you the story of the wineries, many times from the winemakers themselves, the history (SO MUCH HISTORY) behind the vineyards and share the heart behind the wine you are drinking. There are so many great stories to share and we can’t wait to share them, and this amazing wine, with you. If you are a fan of wine, be sure to visit the website and sign up for the newsletter as we get prepped to launch the business next year!