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Buongiorno, miei amici!

West Coast Shaving copy writer and DE devotee, Heidi, reflects on her recent transition.

Italia – land of sun-kissed hills & turquoise seas, home to fast cars & high fashion, birthplace of pizza & gelato, haven of history & legend, domain of art & architecture, and my home for the next three years. (Or more specifically, for those familiar with Sicily, home of pistachios, granita, & the mafia).

When my husband, a chaplain, first told me that the US Navy was considering sending us to Sicily, he made sure I was sitting down. And now after a year of waiting, planning, packing, and dreaming, my family and I are settling into life in a new country. It is still surreal to look out my back window and watch a lazy trail of smoke drift off Mt. Etna, or more eminently dangerous, watch a Sicilian driver pass me on a narrow bridge with an oncoming truck in the other “lane”. It has been inspiring to run my fingers over stone walls that have stood for 10 centuries or to roll my tongue around unfamiliar syllables. Part of adapting is reconciling the mundane with the magnificent -- I’m scrubbing floors in the homeland of DaVinci. (Now there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write). But everyday life does continue, even if it is with a touch of the amazing surrounding it. For the next 36 months, I will cook meals, make beds, & wash clothes, but I will also stroll through piazzas, sip espresso, and drink in the history.

So life does go on – even in a new land. My kids (ages 13, 11, & 9) are excited to start school and experience more of Europe. My husband is embracing the new duties of his station. And I’m continuing to stay connected with West Coast Shaving – writing blogs, description, and such. And what better inspiration for all things men’s grooming than the land of barbiere and sapone da barba. I look forward to the next years of embracing a new culture and staying up on all things wet shaving. Ciao!

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