Ciao Italia

2 Sep

Hello family, friends and fellow world travelers! I am very excited to be settled in our new job and home in Italy enough to get the blog up and running! First, let me set the scene. Mitch, my boyfriend, studied Horticulture at Kent State University and developed an interest in wine grapes after taking Geography of Wine with Professor, Aron Massey. Being an avid world traveler, when Mitch expressed interest in studying the old-world style of making wine overseas, I all but bought tickets that day! It was so easy to make the decision because with my degree in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University  I can continue doing freelance social media for my clients internationally- check us out, Bellflower Communications!

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So, here we are! Through HelpX, we found a family that owns a small organic farm and vineyard. We work 8-2 six days a week in exchange for our room and board. In our case, we have living quarters with a bedroom, bathroom and sitting area! We eat all three meals a day with the family… even on Sunday when we don’t work. We arrived in Rome on Monday August 27th and have been loving every minute since! Todi,Umbria, Itlay is the beautiful town we are nearest and the farm is about 7 kilometers (4.3miles) from the city center, but it is all uphill so we haven’t ventured walking yet. Umbria is a lesser known region of Italy, smaller in both size and tourism to its more popular neighbor, Tuscany, but has just as beautiful scenery and we have heard it called “the best kept secret” of Italy. This is where some of the best wine in Italy is produced and where, when the Pope ruled, he preferred his wine to be made.

So far we have spent our time working on a variety of jobs so we are ready for harvest season. We’ve cleaned and readied the cellar,  cleared out the garden for the winter vegetables, laid bricks and stone for the outside kitchen and gave the kitchen inside a deep cleaning. With around 2 hectors of grapes (5 acres) we will have our work cut out for us when we begin hand harvesting the grapes. I think what we have enjoyed the most is wine talk. Most lunches and dinners last at least 2 hours and Ev, the owner, has been telling us everything he knows about the history and future of wine. We’ve learned more in that last 5 days, than in our whole lives! We’re not sure how long we’ll be with this family, in Italy, or much right now but that is part of the adventure and we’ve been soaking everything up so far. Join us on our journey!

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2 Responses to “Ciao Italia”

  1. Mom September 6, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    So happy to see you guys are having fun and living out a dream. Love you so much!!! Thanks for keeping us up to date with all that is going on.

  2. Aunt Vic, September 9, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    Would love to hear more news. Sounds like your excursions are delightful and your getting to see the area. Can’t wait to see you. Love Aunt Vic,

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