At Easter in 2011, we decided that rather than continue to talk about taking a European ‘gap’ year, we would make it happen. In the arbitrary manner that deadlines are set, the end of the Northern Hemisphere summer was chosen as the target start date for our twelve months.
With the decision made, a simple process of elimination saw us choose Piemonte – specifically the Langhe Region – in Italy’s North West as our base. The combination of spectacular scenery, beautiful villages, world class wines and a population passionate about all things food and cycling made the choice easy.
There are always great reasons for not going but, for us, this was the year for an adventure. As Australians with two young boys (4 and 1), the practical realities of moving a family halfway across the world and navigating the cultural and language challenges will be part of our journey.
Our blog title is a reminder of our starting point as our four year old begins the year able to count to ten in Italian and his parents are not much further advanced. It is also a nod to how quickly time passes and how precious the opportunity is to spend a year living the Italian life with our boys.
This blog is principally designed to keep our friends and family informed and to share our adventure with you.