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Italian Lesson #13 Chi non risica, non rosica – Nothing ventured, nothing gained

Posted on August 17th, 2010 by Sandy Florez

Православни икониикониматраци“So, how was it?”

It’s a simple question. Sometimes asked out of curiosity, sometimes just plain courtesy. But since my return, I’ve heard this question more times than I’ve eaten pasta in the past two months. After a lot of trial and error, I still don’t have an appropriate answer.

But I will tell you this: It’s not about the places. It’s not about taking a picture of an important monument or gawking at a masterpiece in a museum, either. While all of those things are wonderful, and I have been incredibly lucky to admire some of the finest history this world’s got to offer in some of its most enchanting cities, I’ve realized there’s something actually greater than all of that.

The people.

It’s about meeting the sort of people that you never expected to cross paths with, but then not imagining your life without having met them. The kind of people that reinvigorate your appetite for conversation and reinvent your definition of friendship. The kind of people that you can’t stop thinking about on the flight back home.

These sort of life changing experiences are rare. But even more rare? Having the opportunity to share them  with your best friends. After having spent nearly every waking moment next to Deborah and Lisa, it’s safe to say we talked about it all (just to reassure ourselves it was really happening). But on the flight home, there was one feeling none of us could put into words. So instead, we just shared a smile and exchanged the kind of glances that said more than a 9 hour conversation ever could. Deborah and Lisa, thank you for allowing me to binge on Piu Gusto chips as frequently as I desired. Sharing these experiences with the two of you was priceless. We’re locked.

The concept of travel is easy. You book a flight. Reserve a hotel. Follow the handy guidebook and take a few hundred photos. But to truly travel means not only to physically move from one location to the other. It means to remember to pack your toothbrush and leave behind your inhibitions.

“So how was it?”

I still can’t answer that, except that, well, I wish you could have been there.

And once again, thank you International Student – the opportunities you are providing for students are absolutely invaluable (you’ve gained a lifetime walking billboard). It also seems my video making skills have improved since once-upon-a-few-months-ago:

http://vimeo.com/13731171

PS:  Always remember… chi non risica, non rosica

8 Responses to “Italian Lesson #13 Chi non risica, non rosica – Nothing ventured, nothing gained”

  1. yourstudyabroad blog Says:

    great resource! keep up the lessons :)

  2. Susan Says:

    I really enjoyed this :) I couldn’t agree more on how the social interaction between the people you come across with seems to be the most enlightening aspect of traveling. I know few people that could have really “sucked the marrow out of life” on a European escapade like yours, but you’re undoubtedtly one of them. Winning this contest was truly well-deserved, because if it’s one thing I know about you Sandy, it’s that you genuinely know how to embrace life–and all of its intoxicating beauty.

  3. Carlos Says:

    I hope to one day have similar experiences to these! I’m so happy you were able to travel as much as you have and in the way that you did. Although traveling is wonderful, I don’t think everyone takes as much from it as you did. I hope you never lose your appetite and continue to find new places to travel to and meet equally wonderful people at every stop along the way.

  4. Evelina Says:

    Hey, Everyone!
    One stupid question is on my mind. Till I finish school is left is almost two years left. I’m from Lithuania. My english isn’t very, but I’m trying step by step learn it. My future dream is study medicine, but in my country is very few prospects to study free. Science prices is cosmic. So I want to study in abroad but i have no idea about pssibilities in there. Can anyone to help me? I just need a correct divesion… Thanks.

  5. M Says:

    I recently used an English editing service Uni-edit. They offer budget and high quality editing services. When I asked them to revise my manuscript, they were happy to do it. They are very friendly too.

  6. Brooke Says:

    I love this entire blog!! I’m applying right now for a study abroad program in Milan this Fall and I’m nervous and excited. Thank you for writing this blog, because it really made me believe that I can have an amazing experience as well.

    Feel free to email me if you want! I’d love to chat with you a bit more about your experiences and stuff :) bchristy@asu.edu

  7. Jahongir Says:

    Hi! I have some questions about applying to the university in the USA. I have been asked to write an essay to the question ” What are your academic strenghts and challenges”, unfortunately I don’t know what to describe in this writing. It is my 1st experience with college application, so I need advice. Thank you in advance st for your comments.

  8. LoveStudyAbroad Says:

    “But since my return, I’ve heard this question more times than I’ve eaten pasta in the past two months.” #truth

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