One of the things that I have come to admire about the Italian way of life is the habit of taking breaks. You're obsessed with Starbucks or Costa and need your daily dose of vanilla lattes? Well then you're at the wrong place, as the term 'coffee to go' does not form part of the Italian language. Instead, people will sit or stand in a café, order their espresso, enjoy it thoroughly, eventually returning to their chores with a newly found energy and drive. This custom, as well as this book I recently read by Alexander Hartman reassured me, that it is essential to give our brain time to reorganise itself - monotasking is the new multitasking! In my opinion, taking a break and some distance from everyday life and work is essential to remaining effective and overall happy.
Spending the past two weeks in Puglia (thanks Martina for the recommendation!), a region in the South East of Italy, has had a great impact on the way that I see the present and the way that I am now facing the future - surrounding yourself with inspiring, positive people can truly work wonders and lead to a more confident, optimistic self.
In the spirit of my newly found wisdom I thought I'd share some of the beauty of Puglia with you - may it have the same balancing effect on you as it had on me!
Discovering the old town of Lecce
Turquoise oasis and sea food heaven - Salento, Gallipoli and Santa Maria di Leuca
I'm wearing: a Kenzo skirt, vintage Rayban wayfarers, espadrilles by Nadine, top by Kaos
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