amalfi coast, italy

This weekend was our last weekend before Josh goes back to Medical School tomorrow. How quickly summer goes by, and life gets filled with stress, full calendars and to-do lists. Josh and I took some time off of our weekend to go to Tre Kronor, our favorite breakfast spot in Chicago, to talk about what we want to be about this year. For some reason August always feels like my “new year” – a time to reflect on the past year and dream about the future. We talked about the amazing summer we had, exploring new parts of the world, but we also talked about how we want to live in between the busy moments of school and work… The themes that kept coming up were that we want to be people who invest our time in people and relationships, use our money wisely, and always challenge assumptions – being open to the adventure that we might be called to, even though it may seem daunting, or full of risk. These are big things to aim for, and we know we will mess up, but it felt good to put them on paper. Looking forward to this new year and the new experiences it holds.

Here are photos from our trip this summer to the Amalfi Coast in Italy. We highly recommend this gorgeous travel destination… Perhaps not in July when it was about 100 degrees and high high HIGH humidity. Literally the hottest I ever been and I grew up in the desert! We ate (and drank) like kings in Italy. We would have dinner followed by a pizza “snack”. Then we could grab a drink. And then we had to have a Rice Ball before going to bed (street food with a breaded outside, the size of a softball, filled with risotto with melted mozzarella. Oh. My. Gosh. I have been dreaming about these things.) The food and wine was incredible and the views were stunning. We loved staying in the town of Amalfi. It felt a little less touristy then the popular town of Positano nearby. My best brother arranged for a boat to pick us up on the first day in Italy to spend on the Mediterranean Sea – swimming in blue grottos, jumping off the boat and sipping on Prosecco. It didn’t feel real. In Amalfi we stayed in a villa that looked down the coast. It had the most amazing view, and it was so fun for us all to stay together, although each place we visited was so fun, the best part of the trip was being with my sweet family (even though we were missing two siblings very much!) Hope life takes me back to Italy at some point – for now I will just stare at these photos!

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