First please let me apologize. I was a bad friend and blogger in 2021. I had hit a wall. Moving to Italy in the middle of a pandemic was proving to be… hard. I basically ghosted the world and put all my energy into working out, learning Italian, avoiding headlines, and hiking the Italian Alps.
Something tells me given the state of the world in 2021, you get it. How did you get through 2021? Did you cut out or change anything about your life as an act of self-care last year? I’d love to know how you’re doing. Please drop a line in the comments below!
On my side, I’m happy to report that in 2021 we finished our Italian Home renovation, we’re in! Since it’s been a while, here’s a very quick recap.
Italian Home Renovation Timeline
In February, we ran off to Lago Maggiore for a quick break while the floors set and no one could enter the apartment.
Looking back it was fun to see firsthand how different construction of homes is in Italy vs America. Electric and plumbing run under concrete floors. Walls are solid brick and plaster no studs or drywall.
With Paolo driving the project we were right on schedule. End of March the walls were plastered and the floors were going in.
Come April things got pretty exciting when our custom handmade tile backsplash went in. From that moment on, things moved fast!
The next thing you know our kitchen was coming together.
May 7th, 2021 we moved in! We were exhausted but oh so happy.
In our first few months, we were still making do with things like camping chairs in the living room. A dining table the owner of our construction company generously loaned us.
None of that mattered though. We were making the most out of living in the Italian Alps with countless hikes.
Come June our things from the United States arrived. Bardonecchia finally started to feel like home just in time to celebrate our 10th anniversary together.
My gift was carry-on luggage small enough for European airlines. Paolo’s gift was books on European wine trails plus a case of my favorite Muga Rioja that he had shipped from Spain. Just months into living in our first home together we were already dreaming of traveling again. It didn’t take us long to do just that. At the end of June, we made it to Liguria and stopped in Portofino.
In August we received our vaccinations and I high-tailed it back to America to check on my family in Florida and Ohio. A first since our journey of moving to Italy during COVID began. Come September the numbers for COVID were down to a hundred cases per day in parts of Europe. So we seized the window and took a three-week trip through France and Spain to follow the Don Quixote trail!
The giant windmills are pure magic!
I’ve just started sharing photos from this trip on our Instagram account now. If you’re on Insta let’s connect!
In November a trip to Venice for my birthday.
Our life here in the Italian Alps is healthy, balanced, and happy. La dolce vita is not a myth. It just took a giant leap of faith in each other to find it in Italy. Today, these guys are our neighbors. Alps Life!
My plan for 2022 is to continue sharing posts about Italian cuisine (lots and lots of Italian Cheese) Italian culture, and destinations. Plus a pretty healthy dose of post sharing what it’s like to live in the Italian Alps.
I hope you’ll continue to join me as I do. Subscribe below for updates and as always don’t be shy. If there is anything you want to know about life in Italy, let me know with a question in the comments below. Wishing you a beautiful weekend my friend!