"Not all those who wander are lost."
Not quite sure why we put this on the bucket list because it has pretty much occurred a few times a day since we arrived. The first time was on purpose. Our first day Chelsea and I just wondered around trying to explore and ended up getting lost and having to trace our steps back through the pictures we took which was pretty funny. We came upon a lot of awesome shops, yummy looking restaurants and unique little stores. For example, we found this awesome wood shop that was based around Pinocchio and had all kinds of awesome hand crafted wooden things like coo coo clocks, toy cars, wooden dolls, etc.
Chelsea also decided to splurge and buy a really cute sweater from Massimo Duty. Never too soon to start shopping I guess. Although, I am proud to say that Ive decided to keep my shopping to a minimum, so I could budget my money around eating extra meals, gelato trips, bakery sweets, and traveling. We'll see how long this plan lasts.
I'm finally starting to learn the difference between wandering and getting lost. We tend to wander on a daily basis to learn, to be adventurous and to discover. However, a lot of the time when we have a destination such as going to school or meeting friends for drink, we tend to get lost. This can be a little stressful and annoying, but after a few days, the times we have unintentionally gotten lost have become fewer and fewer. We started looking up directions on our phones and then screen-shotting them so that we can use them when we walk since we don't have wifi outside our house. This has been a life saver.
Today, I decided I wanted to take sometime to explore on my own and left my house with only my camera and my phone. I had no destination but just wanted to check out some of the streets and piazzas I haven't seen before. It was so relaxing, and beautiful. I found so many secret shops, breathtaking views, and took a few too many pictures. I think the past few days we've been trying to fit in as locals, so we've avoided most of the typical touristy things like taking pictures of everything. Today I was definitely a tourist and I was definitely lost, but I loved. I always seem to be able to find my way home and thats the best part.
I've promised myself I'll spend an hour wandering every single day forcing me to continue to explore and learn. It still doesn't seem real that I'm here and I have this amazing opportunity to live here. I don't want to waste a single moment.
I read a quote once that now makes perfect sense. It said "If you don't get lost, there's a chance you may never be found". This entire experience is about stepping out of my comfort zone, trying new things, facing my fears, and taking risks. I can not wait to see what else is in store.