Change of heart


Somewhere in all this summer heat I’ve found myself again. Hot, sweaty and tired but slowly I feel like I am coming out of the fog of my life. Of course, I am fully aware that this could just be a temporary calm before the inevitable storm ahead since there is still a road ahead of me that includes finishing a stressful renovation, a big move and change of vocation which offers no promises or guarantees to be better than before. But move forward I must, since going backwards is never an option.

So, with that in mind, what lies ahead could be promising, fun and full of opportunities too. For as long as Italy is my chosen country, I have shared on this blog the good, the bad and the ugly. Lately, there has been a lot of ugly so it is time to share some of the good again. I cannot continue to allow other people’s energy rob me of mine.

Hiking is something I stumbled into when I moved here. It is a way of life and my area is full of interesting paths and I have the good fortune to soon be living inside a national park, up on a mountain which is surrounded by the sea!

Depression is my dark horse and I often lock myself indoors for days. This has been one reason why I have been pushing so hard to move to the countryside where going outside will not cause me immediate stress and anxiety. I have lived in big cities but being an apartment dweller has never really been my thing. One of the reasons I quit working on ships was that the dark cabins made me claustrophobic and anxious because I was forced to be sociable the moment I stepped out my cabin door.

Anyway, my change of heart is this… I have decided not to completely abandon this blog and have written a post about my latest adventure for you so I hope you enjoy it.

Now that the weather is cooling off again I have resumed my love of “slow hiking”. Recently, I went back to a favourite trail which is located above Camogli. It is a place I have always found peace and somehow feel like I belong there. Who knows, maybe one day I will even find myself living in the tiny village they call San Rocco di Camogli.

It is a short hike (30 mins) from San Rocco to Punta Chiappa with many steps towards the sea and for each step down I am reminded I must retrace these steps back up too. The hike is an easy loop if you want it to be, or you can also carry on towards other destinations like San Fruttuoso Abby, but for me, my destination is always the same, the point of Stelle Maris. A mosaic, which is built on top of a large, rocky perch called Punta Chiappa which juts out to sea and is worth every step.

If you get tired and don’t want to climb the many steps back uphill, you can always take a boat back to Camogli and then a bus back to San Rocco to fetch your car too. Added bonus for someone like me since really the title of this post should be “the lazy hiker”.

When I arrived at Stelle Maris I learned something new this time. There are some steps along the rocks that you can climb and then jump into the sea for a swim! I had no idea. I didn’t wear my swimsuit but was very tempted to jump in with my clothes on. There were quite a few people there enjoying this added bonus too but I do believe this is one of the regions best kept secrets since it was obviously locals who were splashing about in proper attire. Or maybe I am just clueless and hadn’t noticed those steps to the sea all these years?

Anyway, I took a few snapshots for you…and I will be heading back there this week with my swimsuit on!

~Namaste~

x Leah

 

 

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A beautiful life


In today’s world, no one seems to want an authentic connection anymore. I’m feeling the weight of the sugar coated Facebook and Instagram posts and if I am not online, then I am surrounded by people swimming in the sea while holding selfie sticks to capture and post the moment.

I haven’t posted anything here for quite some time. I also stopped reading other people’s blogs too. Why? I promised myself that I would try to keep the content here positive, light and fun and well, my life stopped being any of those things quite some time ago.

From an outside perspective, I have a beautiful life. Quirky. Never dull. Adventurous. I have struggled to always maintain that the glass can be refilled too. Optimism should be my friend.

But, my reality tells a different story. What was once a jokey approach to my situation here in Italy has become a sad tale of multiple disappointment. The ugly side of what appears to be a beautiful life.

My survival mode kicked in and I shuttered myself away from the world. Poured myself into dreams that seem to always be beyond my grasp while the Universe keeps kicking me hard down a staircase and I am still scratching my head wondering why?

Here is another dose of reality. My muse, my mother-in-law, and I no longer speak to each other. While I always tried to see the lighter side of her ways and culture, in the end, my capacity to laugh was depleted.

I won’t bore you with the drama or the hurt I felt by her choice words for me. The damage is done and you cannot go back. Sadly, this is not the only situation in recent years where my presense seems to be unwelcome. So, I am very much out here in this beautiful life alone. I feel like I have no family, no foundation and am lost at sea.

So, in a nutshell, I’m not really sure where this blog is going anymore and I am thinking of shutting it down but before I do, I just wanted to reach out to whoever has stuck it out with me here. My readers have been awesome and patient and inspiring.

I thank all of you for riding this crazy rollercoaster with me! It was fun while it lasted but perhaps time to move on.

~Namaste

Leah xo

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I’ve been hacked again!


IMG_6344Dear readers…there was a post that appeared about losing weight. It was not from me! Anyone who knows me, knows that I would have never posted about losing weight! Sorry for the spam, or whatever you call it!

I am knee deep into a house renovation and so once again this blog has been sadly ignored lately. We also adopted another cat, a one-year old ragdoll, who was looking for a good home. He is a handful but adorable!

Hope everyone has a happy summer, hugs, Leah

here is Zen…our new family member:

 

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I’m on a roll…


Spring is definitely my favourite season and I am a bit wisteria obsessed too…so, here is another mini-photo session from today’s walk with Yuri, the wonder dog. He is not mine, he is my nephew, and I love him so much!

 

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Best Parking in Camogli!


 

This past weekend I participated in another car event. This one was a much larger group and we had the privilege of parking along the extended walkway in a sweet seaside village called Camogli. After another four hour lunch, I was excited to catch some more photographs before we had to leave. I noticed that the pastel buildings reflected beautifully back onto the chrome and bright colours of the cars. I hope you enjoy this next series of some Vintage Fiat 500’s and more!

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Bumper sticker


This one is for apollard…

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Raduno Fun


My love affair with vintage cars and motorbikes continues and the Spring season is kicking off with a string of upcoming Car Rallies. Yesterday, I participated in one at a small seaside village called Bogliasco. After my first full year as a member of the Italian FIAT 500 Club and 500 Mania Genova, I am starting to make some friends and see more familiar faces.

As is with all old cars, I am having some mechanical issues with my starter. I think I have kind of figured out the jiggle movement needed to get it to work, but it is now added to my list of ‘things to repair’. But, as I was so preoccupied with my car starting, I hadn’t noticed that my passenger door didn’t close properly until I was well on my way down a curvy road. Whoa! Imagine my surprise when I took the curve and my passenger door swung open! Yikes! And even though the car is small enough to reach across, I wasn’t able to close it because it doesn’t close properly. I had to pull over, walk around the car and jiggle the handle and then close it.

So the technical word for today is officially “Jiggle”.

I had a fun day, a police escorted ride through the winding roads and hills with a group of about 50 cars. We then proceeded to eat a huge lunch which lasted about 5 hours. I only had one negative encounter, which really just made me giggle. We all park our cars in these tiny Piazzas and so we block each other in. Apparently, I was not reversing my car fast enough for the guy in front of me and so he started waving his arms and honking his horn! Dude! You are driving a car with a motor the size of my dad’s John Deer lawnmower! Take a chill pill please.

We have these bumper stickers that they pass out to club members. It is in Italian but the translation is “From 0 to 100 in ten minutes”, apparently this guy didn’t get his…

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the photos.

Ciao for now,

Leah

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