Maria Di Scala is a secondary school teacher at a private girls? school in Montreal, Quebec. She has a passion for women?s studies, incorporating principles of mental health into the school curriculum, writing, and travel. She organizes the school?s yearly trip to Europe, an experience that allows her to share her passion for travel?and Florence?with her students.
Pressed for time, I nervously fluttered around the small stationary store. Amid the delicate, carefully decorated sheets, thick thank-you cards, and heavy, leather-bound journals, I found myself more lost in the sensuous Italian words that wafted into the air than in the infinite beauty that lay in front