Hi! My name is Valentina and I think the word that describes me best is bi-cultural. I was born and raised in Italy and later shifted my life to the North American continent. But I am neither Italian nor American. Rather I have become a unique person with a mixed cultural background, a propensity to laugh, and the ability to understand many perspectives. And while I now involuntarily speak all the languages I know with an accent, I am unafraid to express my opinion (so I was told). Ever since I left Italy at age 19, I have lived in Long Island NY, Marin county CA, Santa Cruz, CA, Miami Beach FL, and The Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica.Blue Osa, Costa Rica. I collect a lot of different experiences from everywhere I go and bring them with me into my next ones.
This Blog is About:
This blog is a personal memoir where I have decided to share my thoughts. I sort of consider it a keepsake that I am building for myself to have in the future and a way to connect with other with similar interests.
My Story in a Nutshell:
Although I moved to the US on my own without even meaning to, I didn’t really start my adventurous -belonging free lifestyle until after I graduated from UCSC about two years ago. Finally free from the ever-oppressive goal of obtaining a Bachelor’s degree, I decided to leave my comfortable yet stagnant lifestyle, get rid of all my “stuff” and migrate towards warmer climates.
I started practicing yoga in 2010, rather reluctantly, to complement my cross country running practice at the University of Santa Cruz’s Cross Country team
. Thanks to my all time favorite instructor Dani Kosmalski
, I realized yoga meant a lot more than stretching. I currently hold a 200 hour yoga teacher training certificate from Green Monkey
and for the past two years I have had the privilege to teach on a daily basis in Miami, Italy, Costa Rica and California
. As of last year I have enjoyed organizing and hosting successful yoga retreats in Costa Rica
Among Some of my Likes Are:
Unicorns, travel that is easy enough to feel spontaneous but is never too uncomfortable, cozy blankets, watching Family Guy while I eat, human connection, listening to the same song on Spotify over and over, Joshua Tree National Park, an active day full of sunshine, sleeping, Free People clothing, green grass, house boating, garage sales, beauty hunting, the number 1111, Burning Man art, vine ripened tomatoes, Cafe Gratitude, fancy spas, 5 courses meals in Italy, bidets, art Deco, independent movies, making bread from scratch at my grandma’s farm, hot showers before bed.
Things I Could Easily Go Without:
Cold weather, AC, pigeons, chickens, mandatory hand holding, mandatory anything, overly salty foods, stop signs instead of roundabouts on the road, people who try to speak to me in Italian by yelling food names, bad manners, butter cookies, tea kettles that have grease on them from cooking on the stove, mindedness, bigotry, gluten free food, alienating city life, traffic, mathematics, skunk smell, garlic, knots in my hair, cotton mouth from eating unripe persimmons, car sickness, making my bed every morning and knowing that If I don’t my day won’t be productive, raisins, slow drivers.