I have come to realize on this trip (more so than I had before) just how important food is to me?. When people asked me what I was looking forward to most about the trip, I would say the food. I always thought that seemed like a trivial thing to be looking forward to but not anymore. I just really like food, and I like eating local dishes. Nothing wrong with that, right? One of my favourite and most memorable experiences on this trip so far was in Florence at a small hole in the wall place. We had just spent a few hours in the Uffizi and were hungry, so we went to a small restaurant that we had seen the other day. It was run by an old Italian couple and their son, and the food was delicious. We were only going to have a light lunch, but a light lunch turned into a 4 course meal. I found out that Florentines are very well know for their steak (which I must say, was one of the best steaks I have ever had), and that they make mille-feulle almost as good as the French. It was also just really nice to sit for 2 and a half hours relaxing and talking with friends. The way Europeans eat is something I want to take back to Canada with me. Meals should take some time to prepare, and take even longer to eat. In North America we are so fast paced that we toss something in the microwave, sit down for 10 to 20 minutes, and then move on to the next thing. Sitting and eating shouldn’t feel like a waste of time, but a perfect way to enjoy yourself and spend quality time with friends and/or family. Food is a passion of mine, I realize this now.