Village Life: What I Love About It
When I moved to Italy, I spent the first few months living and breathing village life in my dad’s small town of Carpanzano. It was a refreshing change from the chaos of living in a big city like Toronto.
I eventually found a job in the city of Cosenza and found myself living the city life again. I love Cosenza, it is the perfect-sized city. You have all the luxuries you’d want in a city on a smaller scale.
But just like any city, it can be tiring. The traffic, crowds of people, long work days and deadlines. Sometimes, you just need to get away and fortunately for me, I live close enough to my dad’s village that I can escape for the weekend to recharge.
In Italy, I’ve lived the village life and the city life and I’ve found there are things about living in a village that you can’t find living in a city.
In the village, everyone knows everyone and it’s not uncommon to have neighbours pop in throughout the day, usually bringing gifts like freshly-picked fruits and vegetables or freshly made goodies. It’s nice that there is still a sense of community that, for the most part, has been lost in a city life Toronto. Since Cosenza is a small city, you do find that you encounter the same people who live and work in your area, so you do greet each other, but you most likely won’t find them ringing your doorbell with a plate of polpette di riso.
Carpanzano, like many villages, is nestled in the hilltops. Wherever you are in the village, you are greeted with vast panoramas of mountains sprinkled with neighbouring villages. There is one particular view in Carpanzano that completely inspires me. I’m not sure exactly what it is. Maybe, it’s the fact that on a clear day you can see for miles, reminding you that the world is a big place and there is so much more out there than just the little bubble we create for ourselves.
Cities, big or small, can be suffocating – closed spaces, car exhaust, and not a lot of large green spaces. So, the first thing I do when I get to my dad’s village is take a long deep breath. Fresh air gives you renewed energy, increases happiness and is just overall essential to our bodies. I enjoy breathing the crisp air of a fall morning and the subtle aromas floating out of your neighbour’s kitchen. When you are in full-on city mode, it’s sometimes easy to forget to just breathe!
Embracing the Simple Life
You may laugh, but in Carpanzano there is no ADSL internet. We rely on not-so-fast cell phone data to connect to the internet. Since I don’t have a ton of data, I’m not spending hours on WhatsApp, Facebook or Instagram. I’m literally disconnecting and opting for the simpler things like taking a walk, chatting with my family and neighbours, learning a new recipe from my Zia, reading a book or writing. We have become so inundated with distractions and time-suck activities that sometimes its difficult to find the time to do simple things like reading a book.
So, where do you live and do you prefer the quiet village life or the hustle and bustle of the city? I’d love to know, so share your thoughts in the comments below!