Welcome to the Cinquecento Project.
This blog started as an online journal to connect me to my friends and family in the United States as I established myself at the U.S. Naval Air Station Sigonella, located in southeastern Sicily.
During my first six months in Sicilia, I focused on five daily moments of happiness. There is a natural surge of adrenaline and energy associated with moving to a new, beautiful location. This surge was followed by an energy suck as I missed the familiar aspects of my life in Seattle, and the familiar rhythms of life in the U.S. For those six months or so, I recorded my daily “cinquecento” – the 5 best things that happened that day and 100 words of introspection. “Cinquecento” is Italian for “500.” I broke it down into the “5” and “100” components for this project. There is also an infamous Italian car, made by Fiat, the Cinquecento, and it is so adorable that it makes me smile.
After the first six months, I switched to blogging about things that interest me – which often included aspects of living abroad, but also included some of my passions, like running! As I am nearing the unofficial halfway point of my Italian journey, I am turning back to the Italian part of the experience and will focus on my Italian life.
For anyone who wants to read about being attached to Sigonella, or living as a military spouse abroad, or similar topics, check out my Sigonella Directory post, where I provide an index to my posts that offer the most insight to those aspects of my blogs.
Welcome to the CinquecentoProject! I hope you get a laugh, or find some inspiration from my journey.
*Photo credit to Ed Lucio 2013
*Cheesy self-portrait during hike on Mt. Etna, November 2012
Gorgeous Mt. Etna
*Photo credit to Willy Williams, local school administrator