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In this episode, Gaspare and I recount how it all started five years ago, when he and I met and fell in love under romantic, and less than optimal circumstances.
We thought it was important to start off talking about our relationship for a couple of different reasons. For one, our relationship is something we’ve worked really hard at – you’ll soon see why in subsequent episodes (Sorry for leaving things on a cliffhanger ^_~!). Secondly, we think it’s super important that you set off down this path of self-discovery by examining your closest relationships, and that’s what “Reflectionships” is all about.
For those interested parties, I’m quite sure the ‘adult film’ that Gaspare and I accidentally watched with his mother in the hotel room was 1973’s Story of a Cloistered Nun. It is available for your ironic pleasure HERE.
The Hotel we stayed at in Niagara was the Americana Conference Resort Spa & Waterpark. It does not come recommended, unless you’re looking for an ironic place to shoot your indie film.
The Italian Restaurant that we ate at in Niagara Falls was Antica Pizzeria & Ristorante. I believe they have a wood-fire oven, and their dough is a pretty traditional Neapolitan. Recommended.
Furthermore, we briefly talked about ‘arancini’ or rice balls in the podcast. This is a pretty decent recreation of a Sicilian recipe, presented by a little English guy in a strange chef’s smock. I really can’t recommend these enough. Click HERE to commence mouth-watering.
Advice and Tips from this Episode
The biggest tip we had to share in this episode when it comes to launching yourself into relationships is to step outside your comfort zone. Literally EVERYONE who has any experience with relationships will tell you that this is one of the steps to putting yourself out there, but let me expand on this point.
For me, travel plans (AKA, going anywhere more than an hour away from home) usually requires a week’s worth of planning. I am just NOT the kind of person who goes on a road trip of more than a few hours without knowing exactly where I’ll be going or stopping along the way. When I drove to California seven years ago, I knew exactly where I was going to be staying, and called my family from my designated hotels every single night. So, deciding to go to Niagara Falls with Gaspare and his family was very much against my general level of comfort.
Getting outside of your comfort zone means doing something that might feel wrong. A good thing to remember (or to clarify) is that so long as no one is getting hurt, or you’re not putting yourself in harm’s way, it’s general safe to go for it, even if it makes you a little queasy.