11.11 Subject to Change?
Today is Single's Day in China or 光棍节. Today’s date 11/11 represents a single person or can be interpreted as two singles finding each other. This day originated in Nanjing University in 1993. (Nanjing University Represent!) Today it celebrates individuals who are single. Singletons enjoy and give chocolate sticks such as peppero and pocky sticks to signify 1 or being single. People also celebrate by organising blind dates and singles parties either looking to hook up or to remedy their situation. This is probably my favourite romantic holiday after April 14th (Black day in South Korea). This post was inspired by a conversation I had a couple of days ago.
Many friends think it very funny and slightly ironic that their least romantic friend; me of course, moved to the most romantic city in Europe (disputable) I did try to change that, but I just think romance isn’t for me. I believe love exists for some and not others. Everyone in the world has someone who is right for them, but circumstances and timing prevent everyone from having a happily ever after.
I arrived in Italy hoping to jump on the bandwagon and obtain the thing of legends: ‘The Italian boyfriend’. Visions of grammatically correct homework fully completed and easy and straightforward trips to the immigration office evaporated after maybe one week here. After all, boys will be boys in any country. We need to love ourselves before we can invest in loving others. Plus, I think the single life has its perks. ;)