TRAVEL: DISCOVERING MY ANCESTRY
Ever since we returned home from Belize, my tribe started looking for our next adventure. And guess what, it didn't take long. Less than three weeks back and we already decided that Fall of 2019 will be #VivaItalia2019. Yes, that's right, we are going to Italy next Fall and I can't be more excited!
I'm part Italian and even though it's only the part on my dad's side I've always felt more like 100% Italian. Maybe it's because of the strong Italian traditions that I grew up with that I not only related to, but that I loved so very much. The Italian family reunion picnics every summer where I'd spend time with my Grandma's huge family (10 siblings) and all their kids, or the Christmas Eve seven fishes and olive oil pasta and Christmas morning homemade ravioli tradition (until I was an adult I thought everyone had ravioli on Christmas Day), or Easter bread with the hard boiled egg in it were all things I looked forward to every single year. I loved how the family came together as I listened to their strong Italian accents, enjoyed laughter, food (oh the food), bocci and experienced so much love. I soaked up every bit of it. Now that my grandma and all her siblings are gone those memories mean more to me than ever.
Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed of going to Italy and it just never happened. But now it will! We will go to a number of places, but our home base for much of the stay will be on the Amalfi Coast. I've always wanted to see Positano, Capri and the coastal area.
But the most exciting part that I actually just discovered today is that where we are staying is not very far from where my great grandmother and great grandfather lived before they came to America to start a life. Visciano, Italy is where part of my dad's side of the family started and I will be less than two hours from it. I definitely think I need to make a visit for my familia. In fact, in a quick online search it looks like I still may have some relatives there. They don't know who I am, but maybe I should look them up and introduce myself.
This is going to be amazing! Have you taken a trip of a lifetime? Maybe visited a place where your ancestry is? I'd love to hear about your experience. Please share! Until then ciao