Happy Birthday! But Why Italy??

As my blog turns 1, I would like to take an opportunity to highlight some of the questions that several people ask me. But first things first!
I want to THANK YOU all who have diligently read my posts and appreciated my love for Italy- its places, people, food and culture. I couldn’t have been here without your support and encouragement.

Since my blog mostly concerns about all things Italian, many a times I get curious stares and people ask me (and certainly not in the best of ways at times), ” Why Italy, why not any other country?” “What is so special about Italy?” “Are you obsessed?” “Oh, Italy? again??!!” 

I usually take such questions with a pinch of salt and either grin or just pass a smile and say “I have a special connection with that country” Which of course is true.
 
As most of you may be knowing, I fell in love with Italy when I traveled for the first time in 2013. Yes I know, it could have been any other city or country, and I may fel about another place again but maybe not in the same way. What I share with Italy is par excellence. It is something that is beautiful and definitely not easy to explain. I feel as if I have walked those streets before in some life of mine. Or maybe that I have been an Italian in my past life. It is also one of the reasons why its easier to write and share my love of the land.

In the past 1.5 year or so, my love for Italy has helped me learn new things, see different aspects of life, know more about literature, the culture, food etc! The best part is that I am regularly connected to that love through my acquaintances and friends in Italy and America. This definitely helps me to keep it going. 

Needless to say it doesn’t mean I don’t love my country! India is home. It is where I have been born and where family is. There is nothing that can change that. BUT…

Italy is my calling. It is my go to place to think about when I am low. It brings a smile on my face when someone I know connects my name to that country. Or when someone takes my help planning their trip to Italy. All I can say is that I think the Italian way of living got on to me and like many of you who think, I too think there is definitely some past connection 🙂 

Italy and I have a long way to go and I hope that you all continue to support and appreciate my writings and travels to that country in this new year too.
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29 thoughts on “Happy Birthday! But Why Italy??

  1. Happy wala budday for the blog, Italophilia. Here's wishing you more travels to Italy and more posts from you. PS: When I go to Italy, will you please, please plan my itinerary?

  2. Happy Birthday to the blog and here's to many more Italy posts. Italy has always been on my bucket list but your posts make it inch up a bit higher every single time

  3. So lovely to hear from you Jillian! You are right, we need to trade places 😉 I could do that anyday! If I ever come to Lago Maggiore, I am sure to meet u and your lovely kids. Love your posts 🙂 Grazie for dropping by!

    1. Omg wow. From an Italian that seems a BIG compliment! Grazie! Yes please don’t underestimate your country. It’s beautiful and diverse and different. Please keep coming for sure. Xo

  4. Ciao Ishita…if you ever thought to do a workaway in the heart of Sicily…up the mountains, in one of the oldest village…please hit me up with a message on the workaway website where I created a host profile (Manuela Di Figlia)…love xxx

    1. Ciao Manuela. That sounds wonderful. Which place is this? I’d love to. Volunteering for farming? Tell me more. Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  5. Finally, access! Past connection was the first thing I thought of when I read this. Had it very strongly in Venice and Milano. I just knew. Freaked our host out completely, as she doesn’t believe in that stuff. I dropped it after a while, since she was a good friend. But it got so strong, I had to ask my parents if they’d taken me there as a child. We’d been to other places in Italy, but not there. I’m learning Italian again, since I forgot most of it. But I was obsessed with the country as well. My obsessions change. A while back it was Finland. Now it’s Hungary, which doesn’t really count, because I’m half Hungarian. And I actually thought you were Italian.

    Are you still in Hungary? If so, and you want to see more book shops (and some cool sites), go down Múzeum körút.

    1. Yea a lot of people don’t understand it but it is true. I am not in Hungary 🙂 someday I will return and see the country side and visit the bookstore you told me too

      1. Too true. For me that was always normal though, the only logical explanation. Countryside is beautiful. When you come back, also consider Transylvania. Still haven’t been there, even though I might have family there. I’ve seen pictures though from friends, and it’s beautiful.

  6. We share the same feeling for Italy and all things Italian. In our visits, I have found the people so wonderful and kind. Your blog helps me plan our next visits. This year my wife and I will make our fourteenth visit to Sicily and Italy. We will be staying for seven weeks and hope to get a real feel for lo stile di vita Italiano.

  7. I know that feeling! That pull towards Italy and its charms, its people and customs, its sights and its sounds, its food and…who am I kidding: Italy is everything!

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