In the northern region of the land of pizza, pasta, and gelato, lies the traveller's dream town of Como. I find my affairs with Italy are quite unique...I wouldn't call it love but I also wouldn't call it distaste either. I have a kind of admiration for the way of life of the Italians simply because it is so different from my own lifestyle. Italians believe in one thing that I think is exhilarating to experience on vacation: indulgence. That's not to say indulgence with a bad connotation at all either...it's quite admirable actually. Much like I noticed the way of life in Costa Rica centered heavily on their expression "pura vida," I think the Italians live by the expression "la dolce vita."
La dolce vita literally translate into "the sweet life" in english. Contrasting to the simple way that the Costa Ricans aim to live their lives, the Italians seem to find joy in all of the finer things in life. This means a life centered around rich foods, fast cars, and luxurious textiles. Upon visiting the rocky cliffs and crystal waters of Lake Como all of my senses were enveloped by those "sweet" things. I drank the pungent red wine, ate heavenly slices of pizza, and marveled at the intricate artwork from previous centuries. Although my day to day at home consists of trying to ground myself and live simpler, I can't say the Italians haven't perfected the act of completely enjoying themselves. The Italiano way is to let loose of all those constraints of counting calories or watching your pennies. When in Italy I urge you to get that extra scoop of gelato, buy the gorgeous expensive shoes, and engage in a steamy romance in order to realize that sometimes allowing ourselves those little pleasures can enhance the taste of life and make it that much sweeter.