how can I sum up a whole month in sicily? looking back at photos of my whirlwind trip researching my new project SNACK sicily, i haven't had a moment to stop and digest it all. I don't even want to because i'm so sad it is over.
i want the taste of homemade mulberry marmellata on my lips, to inhale the smell of jasmine flowers outside my window like a drug, feel the churn in my sleepy hungover stomach while off-roading thru vineyards at 7AM to collect honey. i don't want to forget anything. i've been driving from city to city, following winemakers down bumpy dirt roads, living out of a backpack, staying with friends and waking up every morning with a daily checkoff list of meetings, interviews and meals for the last month and haven't even had a chance to reflect.
maybe nobody believes this is "work" or i'm just off living this fantasy life that they wish they had. i am just trying to follow the path that presents itself for me. a few years ago i lost my best friend and i've just been trying to live my life in a way that i can be proud of. that she would be proud of. we're here for just a short time, and i want to fill mine with as many experiences as possible. if i don't take off for two months "working" in italy now, when will i do it?
these trips away from home (whatever home is, i don't even know yet), are what have been sculpting me into the best version of a person/cook/teacher/friend/partner that i can be right now. with just a few days left on my trip, i am nervous thinking about getting back to new york and starting over again. i'll always find work, my friends and family will always be there, i'll discover a new place to settle back in and pickup half of my old life and half of whatever there is to come. cheeky 2.0 or maybe 7.0 this time. here are some photos from the last month away.