It’s just mathematical that a a weekend spent with friends, food and a full moon can really lift your spirits. Not that I was down in the dumps that much, but let’s jut say that things weren’t necessarily going as planned. A stolen bike, a front door that stopped opening (again) and other little mishaps were getting to me, along with a bout of homesickness at the thought of not being able to eat salsa on Cinco De Mayo.
But just like that, the clouds lifted and I started to laugh again. Especially on a late-night walk through town, when we spotted this shop window displaying the epitome of southern Italian fashion right now. Thankfully, I was with my two expat friends who could appreciate it: a semi-incoherent English phrase, a sparkly skull and, “never without heels,” (they really aren’t) had us in stitches.
Sunday night we had a glorious sunset aperitivo at our friends’ house to celebrate their new baby. We drank my favorite, the spritz, and ate delicious assorted crostini with goat cheese, marinated mushrooms, eggplant and spicy olives. Then Juventus (Torino's undefeated soccer team) won first place for the year and there were parades and horns and people wavng giant flags and fireworks in the streets all night long. It was the perfect culmination to a spirit-lifting weekend!
What lifted your spirits this weekend?