Hola amigos,

Last weekend I traveled to Naples for the first time with my friend Renee and we LOVED it! I have visited Italy once before with my family, but Naples is definitely unique because I feel like every city has its own rhythm. Renee and I were talking about this and she said that each city has its own heartbeat and I couldn’t agree more. And the heartbeat of Naples…loud, proud, lively, colorful, delicious, and a bit smelly in some areas.


We arrived on Saturday and had a true Italian man as our taxi driver to our hotel. It was very entertaining and quite the adventurous ride 🙂 If you think people in L.A. drive crazy, you should see how the Italians drive. After taking a little siesta in our room, we walked around downtown, went to the ocean, and admired the incredible coastline views at sunset. We had our 1st fried pizza, which was delicious. For dinner we went to this place called Gino Sorbillo’s which is a UNESCO World Heritage site because of how famous their Neapolitan pizza is. We waited in line for almost an hour, but it was worth the wait. 


On Sunday we took a thirty minute train ride to Pompeii and went on a group tour for a couple hours, exploring the grounds and buildings and learning about the history of the city. In 79 A.D., the eruption of the volcano left the ancient city of Pompeii buried under a thick carpet of volcanic ash. It blew my mind to learn that the volcano erupted for 3 days. Despite this, there were still a lot of archaeological remains and buildings to look at. 


On Monday morning, we climbed to the top of Mount Vesuvius, which is the volcano that erupted and buried Pompeii. We took a bus ride from downtown, which was about an hour up the mountain. The climb didn’t take us very long, but it was pretty much straight uphill and at high elevation, so it was no walk in the park, but so worth it! Something about the silence of nature, the crunch of the dirt path from our shoes, and the cool morning air that made it feel so mystical. It was a cool, foggy morning but fortunately there were short bursts of sunlight so that we could have a clearer view of the crater at the top. 

Pompeii, Vesuvius, and the gelato were my top three highlights 😉 The Bed and Breakfast we stayed at was so charming too. Our room was London-themed and the two people working there were so sweet and helpful. There is something so liberating and humbling about getting to travel to a new place and experience a new culture. My favorite part about my trips so far have been the good conversations and good company. Sharing these experiences with a loved one is a beautiful thing. Renee, grazie bella!

Hope you are well and sending you lots of love!




Possessed by “I”

How many times during the day do we say “I” and think of only ourselves-our goals, our intentions, our needs?

These days we get so far wrapped up in our own agendas that we forget the value of “We”, we forget that life is more than fulfilling “I”…it’s about embracing and taking care of “Us”. All of us.

We forget that we are on this journey of life together. That we have brothers and sisters everywhere we go. Sure, we come in different colors, a range of sizes. Not all of us speak the same language or are born in the same country, but we are all connected through our shared humanity. We may look different, walk different, talk different, but beyond what our physical eyes can see, we are more alike than we are different.

We are living during a time in which it is urgent for us to step outside our own agendas and rise to the call of humanity. May we rise together, standing hand in hand, with the intention of “We”.

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.”


One thought on “Napoli

  1. Dadio

    Hola Manders, Pictures of Napoli looks amazing, as well as you and Renee also had a fabulous time! Cheers to you and your next adventure! Lovingly yours always, Mommy


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