December is almost gone already. It flew by just as quick as it arrived. We’ve been keeping this month pretty low key- catching up on some work, searching for a second vehicle, and letting the kid relax on the weekends. As of December 6th, Italy came out with more restrictions and a “super green pass” that we need in order to basically go anywhere. This one includes the Covid booster shot. Honestly, I kind of dragged my feet getting this shot. I was nervous and not entirely comfortable with it. Unfortunately, here, they make it very difficult to live and get around without one. So while we were waiting to figure out logistics and appointment availability of having to get the booster shot and a new QR code, and before we had were down for the count with side effects (cause that most definitely happened), we managed to squeeze in a little Christmas adventure! After all, it’s technically the first Christmas we’ve had in Italy because last year was spent in lockdown in a hotel. So this year called for something fun! We took a drive up to Limatola Castle, in the Benevento area, to walk around their Christmas markets. I mean, Christmas markets in a medieval castle?! Yes, please! You could hear the Christmas music playing as we drove down the mountain! There was just as much beauty in the day as I can imagine there would be at night. There was so much thought that was put into making this a magical place: Santa Claus’ cottage; his oldest library where everything was suspended in time; fake snow on the buildings; decorations, lights and trees; carolers on castle balconies; and Rudolph!
Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!