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Traveling Native is devoted to cultivating travel and food experiences with love. We understand travel as an exchange of human, cultural, and culinary wealth.

On tour with us you will discover the Italian art of enjoyment and become part of Italy’s traditions and artistry through direct experiences with local people, food, and landscape. 

Join us and fall in love with your days in Italy and with the food on your plate!

 

Anniversary Day:  Welcome to The Scenery

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Traveling Native is devoted to cultivating travel and food experiences with love. We understand travel as an exchange of human, cultural, and culinary wealth.

On tour with us you will discover the Italian art of enjoyment and become part of Italy’s traditions and artistry through direct experiences with local people, food, and landscape. 

Join us and fall in love with your days in Italy and with the food on your plate!

Anniversary Day: Welcome to The Scenery

andee sorenson

Celebratory view of La Pania Secca from Barga. 

Celebratory view of La Pania Secca from Barga. 

 

Celebratory view

The 1st of November, in Italy, begins a two-day holiday when Italian people celebrate saints and remember, in chorus, their dead. On the same day, for the past 16 years, I quietly celebrate my anniversary with Italy. This year, I am in Barga for the occasion. Here, from in a little house I am renting with my family, I celebrated by taking in the view. The backdrop from Barga, of the La Pania Secca and Monte Forato, allows me to look out over the landscape where I finally found myself at home in Italy. Its lush layout takes me to places like Calomini, Gallicano, Fornovolasco, La Grotta del Vento and Trombacco. All of these places have welcomed me for a time, and I have called them home.

 

 

 

Fork in the road from Gallicano on the way to Fornovolasco, Vergemoli, La Grotta del Vento, Calomini.

Fork in the road from Gallicano on the way to Fornovolasco, Vergemoli, La Grotta del Vento, Calomini.

Sixteen years with Italy

 

Sixteen years have passed since I first landed in Pisa, not far from here, and took the slow road to Siena. I will never forget the long, uncomfortable drive along tree-lined Tuscan roads; the young man’s face who drove me, and my heavy luggage, to meet my host family at the train station in Siena.

I remember clearly and with compassion for myself, the first few days living with an Italian family and navigating the newness of Italian life without a compass, without a word or way to connect.

The good news is, everything worked out beautifully. Sixteen years later, I have a life I couldn't have designed for myself. Without Italy in my life, I would not have my two little half bloods or their Papa’. I would not have my family or the fun of trying to keep us engaged with the two distant places we call home.

 

 

The Sorenson-Ferrara family in Sillico, Garfagnana.

The Sorenson-Ferrara family in Sillico, Garfagnana.

 

Writing my way home

 

This blog is a place for the stories that are now embedded in my relationship with Italy. It is also a place to talk about where Italy takes me now. I look forward to fine tuning my voice here in the same style that I re-established a sense of home on new ground in Italy. With some discomfort and a great deal of passion, I will work at revealing the essence of an idea that has come to define my way of life. That way is something I call, Traveling NativeTraveling Native is the relationship I have with home. The main ingredients of that relationship are the people I have met along the way as well as those who have been with me always. 

 

Benvenuti! 

If you are reading this, you are a part of my home. Considering the grand constellation of friends and family, my home has a way of growing and going where I go. It is an honor to share this space with you. I hope you will visit me here from time to time as I expand it, Traveling Native.

Welcome to The Scenery!!

 - Andee