October 24, 2016
It’s Melanie’s 16th birthday!!! After opening presents and eating breakfast, we headed out on the town! Lugano is so beautiful!! It is truly amazing how I felt like I was in Italy! It was as if I felt at home! (I was born in Sicily, Italy) Papa explained to me that the streets are so narrow to block out the sun. Then in the summer, the buildings cast shade on each other. It’s brilliant! Even though the day was foggy, the colorful buildings and tiles made up for the lack of sun. I definitely need to make a trip back to Lugano!
After walking around for a while, we loaded up in the car. I thought we were heading home, but I was in for a huge surprise!! I looked out the window and saw the sign for the border to Italy!! I was in Italy!!!! I was overjoyed and couldn’t stop smiling!! We stopped at a restaurant, and I had to order ravioli, of course. It was delicious! I truly cannot express the amount of happiness I felt in that moment. I have always wished for a sister, and now here I was celebrating the 16th birthday of my sister in Italy!
Happy birthday Melanie!! I am beyond blessed to call you my sister and friend!