The views. The scenery. The landscapes. The visual aesthetics. Anything you can see captures your heart for a few moments and forces you to stop and appreciate the fact you’re alive. Whether it’s the city-scape view from Piazza Michelangelo, the energy outside my apartment, the blue skies, the rustic bridges hovering over the river, the Renaissance architecture, the massive size of the Duomo, the cobblestones and statues, or the exquisite structures of simplicity like fountains or walls, there are complexities of perfection everywhere you look.
And that’s just in Florence.
There’s beautiful Cinque Terre that makes me reminisce of the California coastline, the Tuscan valleys, and the unseen locations I have yet to travel to, such as Venice, Rome and the Amalfi Coast.
Yes, there are cultural differences. Yes there are tourists everywhere. No, you can’t walk without stopping every 5 seconds. No, you can’t use the bathroom whenever you want. Yes, your diet sucks. No, there isn’t customer service.
But I’ve learned that if you want to be happy, you have to force yourself to change your perspective because everything’s about discovery. Nothing just “happens”, you have to make it happen. Like today, when I stayed on my side of the bridge and went for a 4 mile run along the Arno on a newly discovered path away from the crowds or when my roommate and I stopped to admire the sunset hitting the Ponte Vecchio.
You might not always get what you expect, but if you accidentally get a Margarita instead of a Mimosa, you’re still getting a Margarita.