Monday, October 31, 2011

La Dolce Vita Series: La Fedina

I've really been wanting to participate in the Dolce Vita series the last few weeks, but it's been difficult finding time. Between getting the worst fever I've ever had, job hunting, furnishing our home, etc. it's been exhausting since I've moved to Terni just over three weeks ago.

I have to say, it isn't easy adjusting to a new life in a new country. I definitely have my ups, but I can't deny that there are downs. I miss my family immensely, I miss my calling up my friends to go eat soup dumplings and fried rice, I miss sitting at a table with friends understanding the entire conversation, I miss being able to drive my car knowing what street I'm on, I miss being able to express myself without having to think about how to get the words out of my get the picture right?

But at midnight on my birthday, something happened that made me put all those things that I miss aside and remember why moving here was worth missing my life back in Toronto. I was given the most beautiful gift I have ever received. La fedina. It's basically a "promise ring". In Italy, you might notice that many Italian couples who are not married, wear rings on their wedding ring fingers. This is la fedina. It is a symbol to show that they are committed to eachother and that they are in love. If the couple eventually gets married, at the ceremony, they exchange la fede --wedding band (hold your horses people, we ain't there....yet =P). 

Without getting into too much detail about this very intimate moment for us, all I can say right now is.... Sono fortunata --I am lucky.


Toronto, November 2009


  1. congrats again! :) I'm sure the ring is gorgeous!
    How are you feeling now ? I hope you're feeling better and the fever is gone.

    A big thing is missing friends and family when living in a new place.
    I know the feeling...After 4 years I still miss what you've mentioned in this post.
    Those feelings don't go away unfortunately but I promise that they will get a lot better, life will become easier and you will settle in just fine:)

  2. Tree!!! Congrats!!!!! So happy for you!!! I am glad that you are doing well. We miss you here too. = )

  3. Congratulations, I understand just how you are feeling but reading your recent posts it certainly sounds like you are settling in. :)

  4. Congrats Tree!!! I'm so happy for you :)))
    Sounds like you had the sweetest birthday and I'm happy that Manu is taking good care of you.
    Miss you and love you <3

  5. Thanks everyone! I feel very grateful that things turned out the way they did so far. Thanks for the support and kind words.
    Can't wait to visit home in just over 2 weeks! =)

  6. my oh my!! This is SO EXCITING! Congratulations Theresa!! I am so happy for you! I am dying to see the ring though! Email me a photo!! xoxo

    I totally understand about the ups & downs of living abroad, fortunately you recognize the good things that help balance it all out. Brava bellissima!

  7. Hi Ginny!!!
    I finally got a chance to read your amazing blog! I've just returned from a ten day visit home because like you, I was feeling a little overwhelmed with all the emotions that come with forfeiting life as you knew it for a chance at love. I am so very happy to hear that things are going so well for are living your dream; something that takes courage and belief. You go girl!!!
    Congratulations as well on becoming a new auntie!! Unfortunately I left two day before Mateo's arrival but have fallen in love with the little guy just through pictures! Your sister was such an amazing trooper while I was home; she came out for dinner on her due date! Typical Sandy!!!
    I know she is counting down the days to your visit home.

    Safe travels and I'll look forward to more updates!

    xo Krista

    P.S - I give it two months before you are wearing a pair of those glam sneakers!!!


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