One of the things that always stayed in my mind, was how Kurt would just beam with joy when Francis Bean was around. He really didn't like being on tour for so long. And he likened it to clocking in and out with a menial day job. The best memories I have with Kurt, is just talking with him, telling jokes, and basically just goofing about being stupid, that's where we really clicked. We both had a black dark sense of humour, so we laughed at the same things... Usually the misfortunes of others.
As we drove through Rome on our way to the opera last night, I felt a surprise sense of pride and confidence, as I experienced another realization. I knew exactly where we were and I was able to identify famous landmarks and where they were in proximity to our location. I can spend days or even years in a city and not feel as confident about getting around as I do when I am in Rome. I think one of the best learning experiences, not only about Italy and traveling, but about myself, was one of the first things we did: the Rome Scavenger Hunt. We were about a week and a half into this experience, knowing absolutely no Italian, and really not knowing each other, yet somehow we managed to navigate Rome in its entirety and find famous historical landmarks all in about four and a half hours. Every frustration, disagreement, confusion, failed attempt in reading a map, lack of GPS, and wrong direction lead to such a sense of satisfaction, accomplishment, and confidence. This activity not only provided us with the tools to navigate Rome, it gave us the ability to adapt to situations, try new things, trust in others, build bonds, take charge, take risks, and navigate this whole journey. It was a humbling experience to say the least, but one of the best things we could have done.
It is hard to believe that exactly one month ago, I was saying goodbye to my parents at the airport and boarding the plane for Italy. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, and I was scared to death. As soon as I boarded that plane, my life was changed forever. 2b1af7f3a8