Oh hello August! I hope that you have had a great week or so? I had hoped to post this update last week when I first started drafting it, but time got away and before I knew it we were packing up our flat and on our way out of London.
Since then, I have attempted to get this post finished, but being on the road has already had it's challenges, something that we had expected, just not on our first day of our trip! However as it turns out, we've just arrived in Verona, Italy, where the idea for this project (the one I have been so excited to tell you about) first originated, so I guess it's all unfolded how it was suppose to.
A few weeks ago, for the second time this year (where did the last 5 months go?!) we moved out of our flat and put everything back into storage to embark on an adventure. An adventure born out of a love of Italy and vintage Fiat 500's.
Whilst we were living in Verona, almost 18 months ago now, we were out for dinner one night, and after seeing another vintage fiat 500 in the street we spoke about how wonderful it would be to own one. As the night went on, we started to imagine how much fun it would be to do a road trip throughout Italy in said fiat. It wasn't until about a year later after having left Verona, and then living back in London, that Kieren just happen to do an online search for vintage fiat 500s for sale. He found a couple that we enquired about, but the first and only one we ended up seeing, was Gina.
As we approached the garage, and being the only fiat 500 on the lot, she looked dwarfed by the other vehicles for sale either side of her, and if it hadn't been for her blue exterior shining through I could have easily missed spotting her. My heart skipped a beat as I stood next to her, crouching down to look through the windows, I tried to play it cool as the car salesmen approached, but I couldn't help but smile from ear to ear. I knew she was the one and hoped that we could make her ours. However, it was a Saturday afternoon and they were soon to close, so it was a tense wait until Monday to be able to make an offer.
Thankfully, after a few conversations back and forth, she was ours and without thinking too much about it, we had put the trip in motion.
With so many wonderful memories from our time spent travelling and living throughout Italy, we really wanted the trip to embrace the our love for the culture and the slow Italian way of life. Making it into a personal project that we could work on together, Kieren and I have committed to three months, driving Gina throughout Italy, where along the way we plan to meet up with other vintage Fiat 500 owners to capture and share their story. We started to map out our trip traversing down and across the boot, to places where we have travelled through before as well as ones we have never been to. The Great Fiat Hunt is where it will all unfold, as well as running commentary from the road by Gina herself.
I hope you'll join us as we embark on this adventure! It's certainly going to be like nothing we've attempted before. Gina, a dark blue vintage Fiat 500, 48 years young, and us, driving over seven thousand kilometers, spanning three months!
That said, it's already started off interestingly with Gina encountering a few mechanical problems in France, but hopefully we got the worst out of the way early and she lasts the three months. Above all, we want to slow down, enjoy the adventure and embrace whatever happens along the way - make it our great story.
“And once you live a good story, you get a taste for a kind of meaning in life, and you can't go back to being normal; you can't go back to meaningless scenes stitched together by the forgettable thread of wasted time.” Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years