Welcome to Puglia!
This is one of my favorite places on earth. How do I know it? I can feel it.
The south Italian region of Puglia is where my mum was born in 1952. She comes from a big traditional family (8 siblings) and both my grandparents were from there. When my mum was 11, they all migrated to the north of Italy because the economical situation wasn’t looking good. Since I am little, my family and I used to travel to the south in August and we usually spent 20 days there. Leaving was always the saddest moment of my year because I knew it meant summer was over and I had to wait another year to see the sea. But it also helped me understand the concept of time passing by cause I was looking forward to that moment to happen again the following year.
When I was around 16 I met a girl. It was a lovely night at the beach where our friends were having a bonfire. While I was walking very close to the bonfire, I suddenly lost balance and before I realized it, a friendly hand grabbed me. I didn’t know back then that this was going to be a long lasting friendship but several years after that night and several adventures later, my friend got married last Saturday.
Puglia welcomed me with an awful weather after a very early alarm and a long nap on the plane…
But I cannot really complain, just the fact of being there after 5 years made me smile quite a lot.
Fortunately things got better weather wise and since I had two days off before the wedding I decided to spend it in the best possible way: visiting relatives and friends and laying on the beach. And of course, enjoying the tastiest food and wine ever.
On Friday the town woke up with quite a strong wind (quite common over there), but the sun was shining and I decided to take a walk… even if the backyard of the friend that was hosting me was quite lovely.
When I was there, tanning and listening to the sound of the waves and the wind, I seriously thought that I didn’t need anything else. Who cares about buying houses, going shopping, run around all day when everything you need is here?
I felt extremely lucky of spending my 28th birthday in this lovely place, because yes on the wedding day it was also my birthday! So on Friday night my dear friend drove me to Lecce, an amazing city influenced by baroque architecture.
At midnight on the 20th June 2015, I was walking through the city, breathing the history and thinking about how many good memories I have of these places. Of course, a mojito just helped me out a bit.
And on Saturday finally the big south Italian wedding took place. My friend was glowing in her wedding dress and everything was perfect! I am sure that the day went as she imagined.
What can I say, it has been an amazing experience! If you know me well enough, you know I am quite chatty and I easily make new friends. My mum would say I can talk to the walls as well (quite a literal translation from an Italian way to say). So you won’t be surprised to know I met quite few nice people at the wedding… and this is the beauty of it all, isn’t it?
Traveling, meeting old and new friends, sharing a laugh with them all. This is what life should always be about.
Take care and stay tuned,