Happy Holidays! I hope you all are having a joyful time with loved ones. It feels as though Christmas snuck up on me out of nowhere and swiftly blew past me this year. After my 3 week trip to Asia, I barely had time to adjust to New York before I left for Philadelphia for work. When I got back to the city, I pulled together last minute holiday parties, Christmas decor and festive baking, and in the midst of the hectic schedule, the 25th had arrived.
Compared to last year's 0-20 degree weather, Christmas in New York was warm and sunny at 50 degrees Fahrenheit this year. Unfortunately it did not snow, so it makes me happy/wistful to look back at these photos from San Nicolò di Comelico.
A few winters ago, I went to Mattia's hometown, a beautiful village on the Italian Alps for one amazing weekend. Comelico is a fairytale dream. The first thing I noticed was how fresh the air was--it felt as though I was breathing properly for the first time. Looking around, I soaked in the view of the charming village homes surrounded by the breathtaking mountain scenery. And snow. There was lots and lots of beautiful, untainted, pure white snow.
We spent our time drinking beer, snowboarding, drinking wine, playing with Mattia's muscular dog Tyson (the happiest dog I've ever met), drinking limoncello, going ice skating on an enormous Austrian lake, drinking aperol, sledding down on an intense hill for 30 straight minutes, drinking prosecco, eating tons of prosciutto and parmigiano-reggiano (Mattia's uncle has a parmesan cheese factory), and drinking even more beer.
It was around the time that Psy's Gangnam Style had started to really blow up, so I had fun pretending to be Psy's niece at the local bars. I'm not sure if they really believed me, but at least they played along!
I loved everything about Comelico. I loved being outdoors and being active. I loved snuggling under the warm covers on the cold yet magical nights. I loved all the food (you can never go wrong with Italian food). I loved how you could see all the stars at night. I loved the simple and cozy beauty in nature, the village homes, and the people.
I returned from the trip known as "The Korean Girl Who Took Pictures of Everything". Seems about right.