The last time I was in Italy, I did a work exchange at a farm in Emilia Romagna, the northern region that includes Bologna, Modena, and Parma. I look back on this period fondly: the weather was gorgeous, the family included two young English-Italian girls, I worked with a lovely Help Exchange couple from Australia, and the farm had lots of animals to help take care of.
The goats were particularly adorable photo models:
One of the newborns:
The farm also had a couple of cows, another animal I hadn’t spent much time around before.
I interacted with the cat and dog the most (obviously?), and loved how they were so sweet and comfortable with each other.
Dog in back, cat in front = cat-headed dog 🙂
What a lovely time that was, with all those animals and a welcoming host family!
I look back on these photos and it’s funny to think about where I was then, and how different things were. My relationship with Andy was up in the air, I had no permanent home, and this was years before I had Juno in my life. I loved my twenties because I was so independent, but I’m simultaneously so grateful for the stability I have with Andy and our silly pointy-eared, bandit-masked, blue-eyed pup now.
She likes to thwart efforts to put furniture together (because who wants to lie on concrete or grass when they can lie on a table?):
This post is E for Emilia Romagna, part of this year’s Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. I’m publishing a post every day of the month except for Sundays! Come back tomorrow to see what I write for F!
Adorable! I love them all, but the pictures of the cat and dog together are the cutest.
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Those faces! Thank you for showing us some of the sweet souls you encountered on your trip.
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I know, I love revisiting these pictures. Such sweet creatures!
Those sweet animals! The cat-headed dog was my favorite. LOL That’s quite an amazing experience! I wish I did something adventurous somewhere abroad during my twenties. It is amazing to look back and our former selves to see how much has changed.
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It certainly is! All I can say is that my life as been impossible to predict. I wonder where I’ll be in my forties!
Christy – these photos are amazing! I was completely unadventurous in my twenties – unless you count getting married and having kids. I plan on being adventurous in my forties – better late than never!
Thanks, Dana! Getting married and having kids is a big deal! You’ll probably have more money for adventures in your forties than I did in my twenties, that’s for sure 🙂
These animals are so cute! I love the dog with the cat head, that is so cute. We stayed on a farm in Tuscany a couple of years ago. We didn’t do the work, but we got to see everyone else doing their daily jobs. Let’s just say it was an eye opener for our kids and a wonderful escape for us all. Love that you were so adventurous, I don’t know if I could traveled like that when I was younger!
Oh, I’m sure that was a wonderful experience for your kids! That’s the kind of thing I want to do as a family if we end up having kids- look, here’s what Mom did when she was younger! Here’s how the locals live, and what they eat, etc. That’s what I love about doing work exchanges while traveling; it’s a completely different experience than staying in hotels.
I also stayed with a family in Tuscany, with just one (super friendly) dog, no farm animals.
That is so fantastic. The fuzzy goats. The gorgeous dog. The pretty cat. The dog and cat together! I love it all.
I know, so much adorable fuzziness! I loved cuddling the newborn goats. They made the cutest squeaky noises.
I really want to go to Italy and I love that the animals still get face time. The goats are so cute!!
I know, I’d never been around goats before so it was a lot of fun!
So cool that the dog and cat got along well with each other! 🙂
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Yeah, they were sweet old buddies 🙂