My time at Rendola has come to an end. I am now taking a very teary train ride to Rome to meet Luca. It actually feels like yesterday that I was taking a train from Rome to Montevarchi. The train ride is quite nostalgic, but different because the rolling Tuscan hills are now filled with beautiful fields of July sunflowers.
I can really say that this journey has been an experience of a lifetime. I have learned so much about myself. The simplicity of farm life makes me extremely happy, as it is a way to be close to nature without the distractions of civilization. Every time you step outside of your comfort zone and are forced into a situation where you have to live with new people, you become stronger and more aware of the world around you. I found that traveling is not so much about the places you see, but rather the people you meet. The people you meet show you the kindness the world has to offer and share with you something unique that you will take with you forever. I’ll miss all of the personalities I met during my stay at Rendola. Ill miss River, who I call my new and old friend. I feel that we have known each other our whole lives. We even finished each others sentences sometimes in our moments of witty banter.
I’ll miss good, old Surgio who made sure to make me laugh every time I saw him. “Bonjourno una sega!”
I’ll miss Eraldo who has a caring heart, taught me new things about training horses, and also gave me a good laugh every time I saw him.
I’ll miss Franca, the picturesque Italian mom, who cooks like a goddess – particularly her infamous Torte Con Fruita.
Ill miss Jenny who is intelligent, hard working, and has a beautiful soul. She could be a pain every now and then, but isn’t everybody sometimes? Our long conversations showed me that she has lived an incredible life and she is inspiring to me.
But really, I’ll miss the horses the most. Being around them all the time again like I did in my childhood has been very therapeutic for me. They have always been imprinted in my soul and I long to be with them. I had a hard time saying bye to them, as I love everyone of them as they are my own. However, I know they are extremely well taken care of so it is okay to leave them, after all.
Everything has been an experience for me in Rendola – from the delicious food and family dinners to galloping through the vineyards and meadows of olive trees. I’ll pretty much miss anything and everything about Rendola, but as hard as it is to move on, one can not be sad about change, as you should always be looking forward to the next best thing in life.
I can say that I have left Rendola feeling refreshed from the hard days of University and am now ready to take on the real world. Buh Bye my home in tuscany. Ill be back soon.