Ahhh, Siena. It’s the place I’ve come to think of as my Italian hometown, even though my actual Italian roots come from a little farther south in a town called Sora. It’s the place where I’ve spent the most time in Italy. The place I worked, the place I lived, the place where I really embraced being Italian. It’s the place that inspired the logo for this blog. It’s the place I make sure I set foot in at least once a year. Plus, it’s beautiful, the food is great, and while you’re there you can’t help but feel as if you’ve got one foot in the Middle Ages and the other in the present.
While tourists would argue that Siena doesn’t have a ton to “do”, I counter with the argument that it’s an amazing place to simply “be”, and it truly is. But even I can see that, while I’m crazy about Siena as it is, it has the potential to be so much more, which brings me to the point of this post:
In 2011, Siena entered itself into the competition to be Europe’s Capital of Culture for the year 2019. Back then, a friend of mine had a wonderful idea: to create a cultural association which might help Siena to achieve the Culture Capital goal for 2019 and to organize and promote cultural activities within the city for both residents and visitors. It’s been two years in the making, (chi va piano va sano e lontano/slow and steady wins the race) but a group of residents of Siena (a couple of my friends included) have created such a group and have called it SIENA SIENA.
Yours truly, all the way from Canada, will be the Canadian Ambassador for Siena within the SIENA SIENA association! What does that mean for me? Well, we’re still working out the fine details, but it’ll probably involve some writing, some translating, and hopefully some more time in Siena. What does that mean for you, readers? Probably that I’ll be keeping you more up-to-date with the goings on in my beloved city. The website isn’t up yet, but when it launches you can bet I’ll be the first to let you know the details, and invite you to join our association.
As most of you well know, a couple weeks ago one of my recent posts, A Love Letter to Italy was chosen by WordPress to be featured in their Freshly Pressed section, giving Not Just Another “Dolce Vita” a ton of exposure. Olè!
It’s thanks to this exposure that I have the pleasure of welcoming a TON of new followers, readers and commenters. Benvenuti! Welcome! And most of all, thanks for taking the time to read what I put out there. I love connecting with people, so it warms my heart to read your comments on what I’ve written.
Also, a big grazie to WordPress for choosing me to be Freshly Pressed! After two years of blogging, it feels like a wonderful accomplishment.
Happy 2nd Blogiversary!
Wow. I can’t believe it’s been 2 years. Time flies when you’re having fun, and that’s what I’ve been doing with Not Just Another “Dolce Vita”.
What’s nice about this 2nd blogiversary is that I’m doing the same things I was when I started the blog: getting ready for a long (but never long enough) sojourn in Italy. Two years ago at this time I was also furiously trying to finish all the papers I had to write for my Master’s Degree, which I did finish on time, grazie a Dio. Still, this year I’m busy, busy, busy!
Although I haven’t posted nearly as much as I would have liked, this past blog year has also been an eventful one for me. On the blog and writing side of things, I’ve upped my followers on WordPress, Facebook and Twitter. I’ve hit record-breaking (my own records, that is) page view totals for days, weeks and months. I started freelancing for Panoram Italia, a great Toronto-based magazine, partly in thanks to the writing I’d already done here.
On the personal side of things, the past blog year has seen me: travel to Spain and Las Vegas for the first time, travel back to Italy, lose my job, go back to school, and secure a great job for this summer that’s going to have me leading Canadian university students around Italy for 6 weeks and Canadian high school students around France for 4.
Non c’è male! Not too shabby!
As always, grazie a voi (thanks to all of you) for reading, commenting and following me here at Not Just Another “Dolce Vita”. It’s great to connect with other people who love and are interested in Italy.