Happy [Weekend] + Friday Links [No.Sixteen]

Olive Trees, Italy 2015 / © Renae Smith
Olive Trees, Italy 2015 / © Renae Smith

Hello Friday and happy weekend! It's great to be back here writing one of my usual Friday posts. I haven't had much of a chance to keep up with things online since being away and I've really missed putting together these Friday posts. How have you been? I hope that you have been well and have had a wonderful October so far. It's hard to believe we're slowly etching closer to the end of 2015.

Over the past week we arrived back on the mainland of Italy after a great time in Sicily and worked to some deadlines as well as both trying to sweat out the flu. Our time in Sicily went too fast. It is a place I have always longed to visit and after briefly exploring the east and then across to Palermo, I felt like we only just scratched the surface. From Taormina to Catania, down along east coast it is so completely different to Palermo. The landscape, the people, there is so much to explore I'd love to return one day for a much longer stay.

Last night we arrived in Parma as the sun was setting. Sitting across from a park waiting for our next Airbnb host, I noticed the late afternoon light hitting the leaves that were now varying in colours. The realisation that summer was now behind us hit me. Of course it was, we were well into October I thought, but as we had been only just been experiencing temperatures in the 30's in Sicily days before, it had felt very much like we were still in the midst of summer. Whilst I don't mind the change in season so much as that it was also a reminder that we are in the last few weeks of our trip now - that I'm certain, I'm not ready for!

Anyway, this week I have some links to share below, just a few things that have inspired me lately - enjoy.  I hope you have a great warm weekend wherever you are!

+  on repeat: where is my mind by maxence cyrin

+  this resonated: the truth about your uncertain life path & purpose by, leo babauta

+  inspired by the work of kristofer johnsson

+  in awe of how this family is travelling the world: in a VW Westfalia

+  added to my christmas wish list: shelter, how australians live by Kara Rosenlund

+  gave me goosebumps: this ted talk by amanda palmer