Italy is an amazing place with amazing people. Each person has a story that is connected to a long line of traditions and family history that extends back for hundreds of years. It has been an honor being able to interact with these people and tell their stories. Working internationally has broadened my horizons on food, culture, and people. It was challenging of course trying to communicate by speaking through someone else and using wild hand gestures to try and get your point across but it has been one for the books and I am so glad I had the opportunity to experience this type of reporting first hand. I also am excited to say I have eaten 'real' pizza from Italian restaurants in Rome and in Urbino. Going back, I know that I have learned from some the best and brightest the journalism world has to offer and I couldn't be more grateful for such a wonderful experience.
Walking into Ceramiche Artistiche Molaroni, the Molaroni Artistic Ceramics store in Pesaro, Italy, you can’t help but hold your breath. It feels as if even a small breeze would break the intricate vases, plates, bowls, and clocks on display. Each item stands out as its own masterpiece. Tiny elephants and owls are covered in complex floral and vine patterns that almost look like real daisies and roses wrapped precisely around the pure white backgrounds. A large three-foot vase at the entrance stands out with powerful blues, yellows, and reds that catch your eye right as you walk in the room.