“Quality not quantity” is a good motto to live by. After some sleepless nights about taking the apartment the day finally arrived that I had to hand over the deposit. To be honest, I was more than a bit unsure of this decision. Earlier in the day I ventured into the neighbourhood and felt a bit of panic when I wasn’t able to find a local grocery store or any parking. Was I making a good decision or a bad one? It felt right when I was inside the place and I like the area but is living here going to be impractical? (This of course is my lazy twin speaking who happens to keep counting stairs to climb)
I quietly asked myself if these doubts were just pre-commitment nerves or real doubts in the bottom of my gut. Remember I’m the one who avoids commitment at all costs. I didn’t even want to commit to my part-time teaching job. But then I realized that I cannot keep living my life in Italy with one foot always somewhere else. It’s kind of an all or nothing deal just like marriage and so far that seems to have been a good decision so why was I so afraid of a few stairs and a one-year lease?
I decided to follow my gut and make this work. Since moving to Italy I have lost a lot of my independence and as a result some of my confidence. I realize now that I am breaking free from Mama’s craziness but also her protective wing. Of course I had to laugh inside because while I was on the bus having all these doubts, I wasn’t home 20 seconds when I knew that it was the right thing to do (the fact that Mama ate half the groceries I bought yesterday and that the dog was there again surely reinforced my decision).
I’d like to thank my friend Sabina for taking the time to show me around my new neighbourhood…like I said, quality is much better than quantity and that goes double when it comes to friends : )
So here are a few more pics of what the future holds…