I fell for Puglia in a big way. This beautiful discovery located at the southernmost “heel” of the Italy boot along the Adriatic Sea is an irresistible secret waiting to tell. From the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Sassi of Matera known as the city of caves and the fabulous and enchanting trulli’s in Alberobello
all the way down to Lecce for our philanthropic endeavor and back, my STAT girls and our “anything you want” guide Michela made this journey a complete winner. Everyone brought their best game and together we created the magic on our paths to set our intentions into the universe. There was no shortage of laughter especially those triplets from Arizona who never stopped! I want what they’re having. We were sassy in Sassi, truly in Trulli, and just plain cray cray everywhere else. The hiking was extraordinary on the coast of Salento to Otranto through magnificent nature reserves on the Ionian coast. We took in vistas of dramatic seaside cliffs always looking around the corner for that lighthouse at the end of the world. We stopped to smell and admire the flowers everywhere.
After all, it was springtime in Italy and we enjoyed the perfect weather I ordered. Loved our bike rides on some of the world’s most ancient olive groves.
With over 50 million olive trees, Puglia is the world’s leading producer of olive oil. But not just any olive oil… EVOO! We learned how to tell the difference between extra virgin olive oil and the crap we get at whole foods. This and a lot more were firsts for me on a STAT trip.
Another was an incredible Orecchiette cooking class.
We practiced yoga in amazing scenic unexpected places…some with a real downward dog.
We had so many Dr Doolittles present at our Masserias.
We even had a pussy pot filled with baby kittens. But the biggest first and the most fun was our dance off after a long hard day of biking, hiking, yoga, eating, drinking and laughing. I even learned a new song… Let’s have a kiki! The video is amazing!
In one word, I can sum up this amazing journey. Bravery. It just kept coming up during our time together in different ways. Bravery to be a woman in today’s world and to live your truth no matter what. As our friend and everyones mentor Oprah would say… follow your own path.
It will be clear if you listen more to your inner voice and things (and people) that come into your space. Everything happens for a reason but sometimes you need to be patient in order to hear the call. In this busy world we live in, it’s hard to find the stillness but let’s keep trying together. This is what a STAT trip is all about. Puglia was the perfect backdrop for the week.