Its great to have family visiting from Europe. Not only do they bring fresh vibes, different languages and lots of stories; they also bring luggage full of goodies: spumante, parmiggiano, caffe', vino, biscotti, clothes, home made olive oil... etc etc. Its great to receive lush gifts in such remote area of the world. You tend to appreciate the little things in life a lot more!
Not just the food and drink, its the quality time we spend together after months apart. introducing 'the other' family life to my 20 month old daughter. Allowing her to bond with the italians in true italian style. She seems to talk & gesture a lot more after.