by Krayton Brox, Greenheart Travel Language Exchange Participant in Italy
This past year I’ve been lucky enough to have several what I like to call “Moments I Don’t Want to Leave.” The most recent one happened to me just the other day during my language exchange homestay in Italy while I was hiking around Laveno on Lake Maggiore, but I’ll briefly tell you about the first two.
The first moment came on my very first outdoor climbing adventure on the first Flat Iron in Boulder. After waiting hours to even start climbing, I finally made it up the first pitch and it was incredible. We ended up getting stuck at that spot for quite a while because someone climbing a head of us broke their leg.
So I just got to sit, all by myself and enjoy the spectacular view. Below me, I could see the entire town in the distance and the mountains and forest surrounding it. From such a distance, the town looked perfect, nothing was broken or dirty. It appeared to be a perfect man-made community living along side the power and beauty of mother nature. I could see everything happening in the town; the stream of cars hurrying about their day. Their frenzied movements contrasted perfectly with the stillness and calm of nature around me. And that moment was just perfect.
The second one came my last day in Venice. It was the first truly warm day I’ve felt since last fall. I grabbed lunch and sat on the sidewalk by the beautiful, blue-green water. The hum of the city seemed to fade away, leaving me with the sound of the water gently rolling in and the warm sun on my face. I watched the ships float by for what felt like hours.
Read more about Krayton’s perfect moments during her Language Exchange Homestay in Italy on her blog…