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Sunset in Venice, Italy

In 1990, right after the anti communism revolution in Romania, I was offered the amazing opportunity to visit Italy.⠀ ⠀ Seeing the bad situation in our country, a rich baroness from Cita di Cuneo sponsored our school to send the pupils with best grades, to Italy for the Summer break.⠀ ⠀ I will not go into details of how many friendships that tore apart as there were only 3 (top 3) seats for every class etc, but what I do want to mention is that we also got to visit Venice (#Venezia) during our stay.⠀ ⠀ That was 27 years ago and I was in 5th grade. I was 11 years old!⠀ ⠀ Today, at 38, I revisit the magnificent city of Venice, Italy with my wife and our two children, Hannah (10) and Luca (12).⠀ ⠀ So 27 years ago I was almost the same age as my kids are now, and we're here for a few days, celebrating #childrenday. There are so many feelings in my heart right now, grown up and with my own offspring, returning to the first city outside communist Romania that I visited.⠀ ⠀ And this superb sunset, close to Cuglia Bridge, that we witnessed together, makes our first day here a true blessing.⠀ ⠀ On our walk back to the hotel, I spend a few minutes telling them how much different their lives are now, compared to the little boy trapped inside a communism regime as I was 27 years ago.⠀ ⠀ The bottom line:⠀ ⠀ 1. Nothing is new under the Sun. All things were before and they will be again.⠀ 2. Cherish the day and live in the light. Others have it far worse than you, so be thankful for what you have, not worry about what you lack.⠀

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Sunset in Venice, Italy

In 1990, right after the anti communism revolution in Romania, I was offered the amazing opportunity to visit Italy.⠀ ⠀ Seeing the bad situation in our country, a rich baroness from Cita di Cuneo sponsored our school to send the pupils with best grades, to Italy for the Summer break.⠀ ⠀ I will not go into details of how many friendships that tore apart as there were only 3 (top 3) seats for every class etc, but what I do want to mention is that we also got to visit Venice (#Venezia) during our stay.⠀ ⠀ That was 27 years ago and I was in 5th grade. I was 11 years old!⠀ ⠀ Today, at 38, I revisit the magnificent city of Venice, Italy with my wife and our two children, Hannah (10) and Luca (12).⠀ ⠀ So 27 years ago I was almost the same age as my kids are now, and we're here for a few days, celebrating #childrenday. There are so many feelings in my heart right now, grown up and with my own offspring, returning to the first city outside communist Romania that I visited.⠀ ⠀ And this superb sunset, close to Cuglia Bridge, that we witnessed together, makes our first day here a true blessing.⠀ ⠀ On our walk back to the hotel, I spend a few minutes telling them how much different their lives are now, compared to the little boy trapped inside a communism regime as I was 27 years ago.⠀ ⠀ The bottom line:⠀ ⠀ 1. Nothing is new under the Sun. All things were before and they will be again.⠀ 2. Cherish the day and live in the light. Others have it far worse than you, so be thankful for what you have, not worry about what you lack.⠀

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