One decade, two countries, Four cities.
It’s been a busy last ten years for me and my family. When I get asked questions like “Where are you from?” and “How’d you end up in Chapel Hill?” I typically find myself taking a deep breath and dig in for a lot of explanation. I’ve put this handy dandy timeline together to help things out a bit.
2014 - Now | Chapel Hill, NC
When we decided to leave Italy, these were among the items on my “must list” for our new home (among other, more serious things):
- Decent weather
- Good local vibe
- Never need to move (far) again
Moving sucks, folks. So, when we started looking for a great new city/town to call home, growth potential was a big item on the list. That meant finding a town where I could find a great job, my husband could go to a great law school and there would be long-term career potential for us both. Chapel Hill -- the Raleigh, Durham, RTP area, in general -- definitely offers this and much more.
Long story short: We love it here. Our little Liv loves it here. We are very happy to call this charming town home.
2011 - 2014 | Florence, Italy
We left the U.S. thinking that we might stay abroad for a year and ended up staying for three and a half! Our time in Florence was both magical and frustrating (thanks Italian red tape!), but absolutely rewarding. We arrived in Florence two 20-somethings looking for adventure and returned as young parents, seasoned business owners and professionals ready for our next challenge.
Glamorous European living highlights include:
- Summer trips to small towns in Tuscany
- Holidays in Southern France
- Epic road trips to Amsterdam
- Repeated wonderful jaunts to Paris
- Wonderful life milestones surrounded by the beauty of Florence
Long story short: Florence holds a special place in my heart. I love that damn city -- our hope is to make it back once a year so that Livia always feel connected to her adopted home.
2007 - 2011 | Louisville, KY
Our time in Louisville is basically when we learned to be grown-ups. We bought our first house, adopted a puppy (now an old man dog), got married and started our careers. We still talk about how wonderful Louisville is -- seriously, some of the nicest people in the world in one of these most hidden gem cities of the South. We got to attend the Kentucky Oaks, spend weekends gambling at Churchill Downs and generally got to explore the amazing countryside of Kentucky.
Long story short: As much as we loved Louisville, it just wasn’t a great fit for us at that point in our lives. We both very much so had the travel bug and the pull of Europe was just a little too strong!
2002 - 2007 | Washington, DC
College. Post-college. Engagement. So many fond memories in Washington, D.C. It’s where I met my wonderful husband and many great people I’m still lucky to call friends. I feel so lucky to have experienced college just before social media became a thing and everything about life became so immediate and public. Plus, can you imagine a better city to spend five years? D.C. always have something to see, a new restaurant to try and interesting new people to meet. It was heaven for two current event junkies like us!
Long story short: DC was a great place to discover interests and have first jobs, but for two adventurous college grads there was just to much to explore to keep us put in town.