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Silly and sad

No idea what I was laughing at. And what am I actually doing? What’s that thing around my neck?

Well... It was one of those happy/sad days when you’re leaving something behind to embrace something new.
This picture was taken in July 2005, at my farewell party: I would have left Singapore a few weeks later (after over 8 years there) and return in Italy, after 15 years of life away from my country.
It had been a brave decision, that to leave a place I had grown fond of and had gotten used to. A brave decision to leave my job and go back to a country where the employment situation wasn’t appealing at all. And a brave decision to leave all my friends behind and return home.
But I had to do it.

In this picture I’m smiling but I can see it in my eyes that I’m actually rather sad.