Ever have those moments when things just start to fall into place? Well this whole experience in Bra, Italy confirms that things really do happen for a reason.
Are you calling bullshit? Well, at least consider the facts before you pass judgement.
- After a friend recommended UNISG, I contacted the school to schedule a visit
- School offered two dates: September 14th or September 27th
- Weighing my options I chose September 14th which happened to be the same week as the CHEESE event in Bra, Italy
- Due to the insane amount of visitors for the week, I was in need of accommodation fast; even contacted people on CouchSurfing and the couches were full!! However, one CS member gave me the web addresses to contact the students of UNISG for an extra couch…
- By the slimmest chance, a girl named Christina responded to my request in hopes of finding an apartment in Monza… long story short- I recommended an apartment, she took it, I came to Bra, and realized that I was connected to a circle of friends
- While Christina was working near Monza, I stayed at her place with her two extremely awesome roommates (both are students working for Slow Food)
- After meeting SO many students from UNISG, I found more people to add to my “tribe” and felt like I was taking a step in the right direction
- I received HONEST feedback about the school… and you know what they say, “honesty is the best policy”. I feel like I have a good idea as to what to expect from the school and what I can benefit from it… which means that I will be pitching this proposal to the parental units (I’ll keep you posted about the verdict).
- In addition to the school visit, I was able to attend the 2011 CHEESE event which is a biennial festival, hosted in Bra, Italy and sponsored by Slow Food
- Many of my new friends work for Slow Food, so I got to tag along and help interview producers as well as guests (which made me want to volunteer for Slow Food in November- which definitely could be food for thought)
- Became a food tourist- took over 400 photos and I’m pretty sure I tasted every single cheese known to man (…might have put on a kilo with all the free samples from today’s outing)
- Also got to try a few local favorites… which include my gelato runs: