I'm finding my feet here, slowly but surely ... and learning so much along the way.
Summer is approaching at speed. Yesterday was our first really hot day. And this morning, I was up early and out wandering with my camera, as my early morning appointment was cancelled.
I am learning, much as I would like to be 'normal' and that as much as it sometimes pains me not to be ... I'm not missing possessions, the responsibility of a home, and the people in it. I am learning to walk alone and enjoy the feeling of it.
That said, I have the best flatmates ever. There's no exaggeration in this statement. They make me laugh most days. They are kind, they are wise, and I adore them. I feel so very fortunate to be here, in this place, with Paolo & Fabio.
They have a terrace and, last night after a long day, I slipped out here for dinner alone. The Swallows are back, and they were filling the warm evening air with the sound of their happy squealing, as they flew overhead while I read and ate.
It's not always easy here but I love it. The city makes me happy, in some small way, every single day. I'm so glad I risked it. I was terrified when I moved here but felt I had nothing left to lose ... and it seems, if this quiet happiness is anything to go by, I had everything to gain. I just didn't realise.
But I must work. Just to let you know, all is good here in this beautiful Ligurian city called Genova, and with that New Zealand woman called Di.