Ciao ragazzi :) Happy Monday from Italia!
We’ll cover a couple things in today’s newsletter:
We’ve rebranded, again! Are you keeping up? 😋
My instagram and blog/brand will now be called “Everyday Victoria”
“Perchè?” You ask. Well, as much as my instagram focused on “style” and me, Victoria, there was something missing in the handle. Every day on my instagram and my blog I connect with you guys… I chat with you and together we ponder life, explore new experiences, and grow. On Mondays I send you #MondaysAreGoodDays blogs, on Wednesdays I send you “Midweek Motivation” and eventually I would love to send you #gRAINfood on Tuesdays, #ThreeSongsForTheWeekend on Thursdays, #PhotosOnFriday, and #SelfCareOnSundays (I’ve got lots of ideas for you! 🙂) So, we see the theme here… something EVERYDAY from me.
So with all of this… and with the fact that these ideas have been written down in my journal for months now… the name change will be the first jump in the next stages of my blog, brand, business thing that I do…
I find that this name is much more accurate with what I want to do here: be a friend, be a casual conversation starter, just.. you know… chat with you guys every day and show you what I’m up to every day… I’m really just a normal person that does “everyday” things.
Inherently I have this pull to share my story, share my voice, share my life with those around me… so here we are.
Anyway, let’s move on… :)
I mean, come on. Look at this place.
Bologna is a mid-evil city filled with these portici or passages. Every single street, corner, passageway, alley is absolutely gorgeous and since Bologna is a university town… there is a liveliness and indescribable spirit to it. You will find, I would say, 95% italian locals. I highly recommend taking a day trip or two to Bologna. The city is stunning and the people are very friendly. There are less english speaking people than Milano, but you will be able to communicate. Always start with “Ciao, Buongiorno.” And once they start rambling off in italian, simply respond “Mi dispiace. Non ho capito. Parli inglese?” I’m sorry, I do not understand. Do you speak English?”
More to come about Bologna… but I stayed at the Dopa Hostel which was an absolute gem. I also really appreciate Bologna because while very intimidated in Milano and still kind of intimidated here too (in the sense that I could not commit to where I wanted to eat, could not get myself to go into restaurants, etc) … ((and let’s understand that it’s not people or the atmosphere that are intimidating… this was all simply internal… to the point where I would talk to myself saying “what the HELL is wrong with you. GO IN. JUST PICK A PLACE”)) … anyway, what was I saying?
Yes… I really appreciated Bologna because the town really helped me to get out of the “writers/creative block” I’ve been in for quite some time. I sat in the portici and people watched and drafted so many instagram posts and blog posts. The city is amazing, truly. The color of the city vibrates with energy and enthusiasm of every single italian I passed by or spoke with made me feel very happy.
And now… off to Firenze :)
Okay… I get it. I get why people love this place. From the moment I started walking to my (really, really great hostel) this city was fascinating. The food scene is amazing, the atmosphere (not in the tourist section) is charming, and more people speak english (LOL… I’m determined to learn italian because I would really like to rely less on people speaking English… but that’s another story… anyway)
Only a couple hours into biking around Firenze…
TIP!: Whenever I am in a new country, city, etc. the first thing I do, every time, is rent a bike. It’s the perfect way to blend in like a local, the perfect way to browse through the city, and the perfect way to give your feet a rest. From Milano where I felt a bit upset because it did not evoke any creative energy in me… to Bologna where I felt a happier spirit and started writing a bit more… to now Firenze where I am writing this blog post and my #MondaysAreGoodDays newsletter…. this city is quite the place.
Ok, so… only a couple hours into biking around I stopped into a little, little local “bar” where I felt invited by the owner who helped me craft my perfect panino… and then a few seconds later this wonderful Australian couple sat next to me, started up some conversation, 30 minutes later I’m splitting a Tagliere (charcuterie board) and a bottle of amazing red wine.
Time passed and I had to get my bike rental back on time… for dinner I ate alone but the owner of the restaurant was so kind and introduced me to another American. We chatted, standing up at the bar after my dinner and I ended up learning some incredible information about… something… that I will try to pursue. More details to come :)
Today, this morning, I have bounced around to some of the best coffee shops in Firenze. A week of being alone and I finally feel that I am comfortable, slowly learning Italian, and am happy where I am. Firenze is a bit more expensive than Bologna and some places in Milano, but that all depends on where you go… and most of the time you can eat a croissant and have an espresso/coffee drink for under 3 euro… AMAZING.
I am learning to be patient with myself and my feelings. I was a bit frustrated with myself at the beginning of the trip because I had those feelings of intimidation mentioned before… and I knew that nothing was actually intimidating me… it was all in my head and everyone has been extremely nice and accommodating. Patience with yourself is the most important thing you can have. Patience on a trip…. patience with your projects… or even patience with yourself changing your instagram name LOL.
I encourage YOU ALL the take a trip. Always take atleast ONE trip each year. Get away from the known, get away from the comfortable, get away from the routine. GO OUTSIDE your comfort zone. We live in a digital time period that makes travel and meeting people the easiest it has ever been. UTILIZE THIS! Grow… grow grow grow. Keep moving forward.
My feet are fucking killing me… I’ve been wearing basically the same rotation of clothes for a week (mostly because I think if I open up my suitcase and dig through my clothes, I wont’t be able to close it back up (Mom, please come to Firenze and help me pack my suitcase hehe… I feel like when you need to have a child to be good at folding because I seriously suck at it.)
Thank you for reading, grazie :) And happy monday!