Going with the theme of unity and oneness through travel, I wanted to share another story about the people I came into contact with while in Rome.

My Airbnb host in Rome worked as a professional chef. Knowing this, I managed to refrain from spilling details of my signature dish that I’ve been perfecting: The PB&J. You know, didn’t want to intimidate her with complicated American recipes.

Within 10 minutes of meeting her, she invited me to a dinner party that night where she’d be cooking traditional Italian food. I promptly agreed without any details because why not. That night, we walked through Trastevere, one of Rome’s trendy neighborhoods, to her friend’s apartment. My Airbnb host, Hilary, made her way to the kitchen, and I attempted to mingle with the dinner guests. I edged around groups of people and listened to their conversations while they chatted like old friends in a language I don’t think I’d ever even heard of. I scavenged for a glass of wine, then ran to Hilary for refuge.

After getting vital details of, you know, what this whole dinner party was all about, I understood that it was through EatWith.com. That’s this website that facilitates a night full of great food and wine with people from all over the world in the homes of incredible chefs in cities around the world.

After the first glass of wine, I decided to break my silence at the risk of being the eh-stupid American. I said, “I know this is a stupid question…but what language are you speaking?” They told me they’re speaking Hebrew, as they were all from Israel. I panicked because much like quantum physics, I had zero knowledge about Israel, the culture, and its people…much less what to talk about with them at a fancy dinner party in Italy.

As the self-proclaimed awkward bad ass that I am, I went on this elaborate story about how my uncle is the great grandson of Albert Einstein, who is also Jewish and that I’m still not any good at science because he’s my uncle through marriage and not by blood. That unnecessary, but extremely fun fact was all it took to be welcomed whole-heartedly into their world. Fast forward to the end of the night, and I had learned all about my new friends’ professions, families, culture, and ideas on life and what’s important in theirs. It was so nice to have real conversations with people from different walks on life about things that mattered.

At the end of the night, a few of them gave me their business cards. They were all so incredibly friendly and invited me to come to Israel and stay in their homes and date their beautiful sons.

My night getting to know these wonderful people taught me that we can all find some things that we have in common with others even if it doesn’t seem so at first. I live for these moments when you can slow down and realize the oneness of humanity. It’s a beautiful thing.

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Below is a video of the EatWith chef from the dinner party. A lovely woman and an incredible chef!!