It’s about 10 o’clock on a Wednesday night and I have just arrived in Florence.
After travelling from Southern Denmark to Hamburg, from Hamburg (much delayed) to Milan and from there by train to Florence, I quickly dumped my bags and then ran outside to get a glimpse of the city I now live in.
Yup, I’ve moved here.
And that’s exactly what I am trying to grasp, while I’m sitting on the stairs in front of the Duomo, listening to a young musician sing with the most beautiful, deep voice how the world is on fire and no one can save me but you.
Leaving home was difficult this time.
Italy isn’t far away and I’m only staying here for a while, but sometimes, even though you really want to go, there are circumstances back home that make staying more important.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure whether I would really leave the day I did, until I was actually on the plane and the plane was off the ground.
And while I’m sitting here, in the piazza of all piazzas in one of Italy’s most beautiful, characteristic cities, my thoughts are still back home and I am wondering, whether I made the right choice.
But then the musician (who looks confusingly like my little brother – also a very talented singer/songwriter) moves on from singing about not wanting to fall in love to how he can’t help but.
The Duomo is lit by the lights of the city in its beautiful marble and pastel colours, tourists take pictures in which they kiss and smile, and children play catch among them.
“For I can’t help falling in love with you…”
Then suddenly, an elderly couple sitting a little further to the right on the stairs, gets up and starts dancing in the middle of it all.
I watch them, and the doubts inside my head go quiet for a while.
Yes, yes I did make the right choice by coming here.
The truth is, for a while now everything inside me has been telling me to go.
And now I am finally here.
While I listen to the music and enjoy the warm Tuscan atmosphere, I notice that I’m grinning from ear to ear.
Because for the first time in months I finally feel that right here, right now I am exactly where I am supposed to be.
Now let’s see, what this city has in store for me.
I’ll keep you posted.
PS: Have you seen my latest video about the concept of home and how it is, in my opinion, a state of mind? I would love for you to watch it and tell me what you think.