Hello! Welcome back to another travel post – I promise I do work and not just travel though ha! But, before I dive in to our little getaway to Tuscany I thought I would give a little blurb/update on me/my life here in Switzerland (you can scroll past my rambling if you like).
Things are good! Probably the best they have ever been. And this is largely due to my mental health being the best it has ever been in my whole life. Now that I feel like “myself” again after a few years of some serious struggling, I am able to realize just how far I have come and how much I have grown as a person. This isn’t to say I am perfect, or life is perfect, or that I don’t still struggle (FYI none of us are perfect, have perfect lives, or go through life without some hardships), but I can honestly say that I am content and at peace with all aspects of myself and with my life.
I believe that this contentment and peace is due to a shift in perspective. My perspective on life has really evolved. I have realized that the most important thing in life is your HEALTH (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual). If you are not well yourself, it is much harder to be the best version of yourself and to love and give the best version of yourself to others. You know how the old saying goes,
“You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take are of yourself first.”
Next to taking care of you, family (and friends can be family too) are the absolute most important thing. Love and sharing life with others is truly what it is all about. If you have people in your life that you love and care about, you truly have everything.
I used to put a ton of pressure on myself in all aspects of life (and sometimes still do), but I have found that focussing on my health, spending time with those I love and giving the best version of myself whenever I can in everything that I do has brought a lot of peace to my life. With this contentment, I trust that things will fall into place and things will work out the way that they should (which in my opinion, they always do).
So, there is your little update on me. Life in Switzerland is more or less the same – I go to hockey games, work, go to the gym, and visit friends (especially Marianna and her beautiful baby girl Lena). I love our little life here in Switzerland and the opportunities that come with it – like travel for example!
Now, onto our trip to Tuscany. What can I say to sum up our trip?! Well, it was short and sweet, beautiful, and full of food and wine. We stayed at a Bed & Breakfast in Pisa (where we flew to with easyjet from Basel) and it was absolutely perfect. The couple that hosted us were so sweet, and the breakfast they provided was delicious. The B&B was within walking distance to the downtown area/major sites as well as the train station.
On our first day, we toured Pisa. On our second day, we took the train to Florence and spent the day doing the Hop-On, Hop-Off tour and taking in as much of the sights as we could. On the third day, we trained back to Florence (literally at the crack of dawn) to go on a vespa tour that started at 9 am. The vespa tour was amazing and was definitely the highlight of the trip as we were able to explore the Tuscan countryside and small Italian villages. Our tour also included a lunch at a beautiful little Italian restaurant in the Tuscan hills, and the food was seriously AMAZING. Creep some of the pics below!