Rome, Italy - A waxing moon lights the sky as a couple poses for their wedding photos in front of the Colosseum on a crystal clear night. The city was crowded this night, bustling with tourists in the narrow streets leading to this massive, ancient structure - which is still the largest standing amphitheater in the world.
I was born in America, but my family came from a small village in the south of Italy generations ago. Out of my immediate family, I was the first to return to our homeland. To smell the food and hear the language took me back to my great grandmothers kitchen as a child, to be immersed in the rash and emotive style of communication hit home in a very deep, penetrating way. It was a trip that I knew I had to take at some point, for a reason that I still don’t really know.
I was living in Europe for the past three months, and being “home” doesn’t feel right. The further I travel and the more I experience, the more alienated I feel when I return. After this time spent abroad, my priorities are permanently rearranged.
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