Thank you, God for this last year that you gave me. It was truly one of the most beautiful years of my life, rich, filled with unexpected surprises, full of passion, full of new friends, filled with drastic but beautiful changes. I became an Italian citizen after having discovered my roots. I realized many dreams that I didn't even realize were dreams. I found a new and beautiful home that I love, a new city, a new country, a new and wonderful job working on my bike. So many beautiful things have happened, even though there were some difficult, sad and brutal moments. I am happy, but a little tired. Next year I hope to find a balance between serenity and excitement, work and play. And more than anything else, love..
In spite of the rain, the fireworks and concerts went on. Thousands of people crowded the city streets to bring in the New Year. As I walked through the euphoric crowds, my mind journeyed through flashbacks of so many New Years Eves spent at Times Square. It’s hard to believe that Piazza della Signoria is my new Times Square. It’s hard to believe that tonight I was watching fireworks exploding against the backdrop of Palazzo Vecchio, my new town hall, with the orchestra of Maestro Lanzetta playing under the magnificent Loggia dei Lanzi. What a climatic and fitting way to end this year of realizing my dream of living in Italy. Tears flooded my eyes, but I did not try to hide it. It was a New Years Eve to remember forever.