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  • Writer's picturezelda thomas-curti

When you move to a foreign country it's crucial to find routines and places that are like home.

Updated: Feb 10

In Minneapolis, I had a routine that kick-started my day like nothing else could. It wasn't just a routine; it was my therapy, my sanctuary—a 26/2 hot yoga class followed by a pit stop for a refreshing juice or smoothie.

When you move to a new city, holding onto those familiar comforts becomes essential. Don't let them slip away. Most cities offer similar amenities that can provide a sense of home. Adjusting to a new environment takes time, but finding those little luxuries, like your favorite yoga class or a gym with a nearby juice bar, can make all the difference in feeling settled.

As a Bikram yoga enthusiast for 14 years, my daily ritual of yoga followed by a nourishing juice was non-negotiable. It wasn't just about physical health; it was about mental well-being. Without it, I felt adrift. In a country where pasta, meat, and cheese dominate the menu, finding places like my beloved health food store in Minneapolis became even more crucial. While health-conscious establishments are still relatively new in Italy, they're gaining traction.

I discovered my sanctuary in the charming area of Navigli. Here, amidst the cool vibes and village-like atmosphere, I stumbled upon a hot yoga studio that felt like home. And just across the street, a healthy restaurant serving avocado toast, juices, and smoothies awaited—a perfect complement to my post-yoga bliss. It's as if my ritual was waiting for me, tucked away in a quaint side street, offering solace amidst the city's hustle and bustle.

Reflecting on my journey thus far, I'm reminded of the importance of finding these little havens in a new place. They anchor us, they nourish us, and they remind us of the comforts of home. So, as I sit here, savoring the joy of rediscovered rituals, I'm filled with gratitude for these small treasures that ground me in my new home. And amidst all the changes and challenges, one thing remains certain—these places we love and need are the threads that tie us to our newfound sense of belonging.

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