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Back in the Summer of 1996, just when I decided that my unscripted time in Florence had come to an end, (an original plan to take a three-month college break pleasantly extended into 4 years of jewelry making school) my husband Gianluca, a Lighting Designer from Milan, had just returned to Italy after a year living in Jamaica, and decided that Florence was the place he wanted to live. But life is full of twists, and even though it seemed like our destinies were headed in opposite directions, a year later our lives entangled.
I returned to Florence for vacation and ran into him again. But this time around, love got in our way. How can you say no to love? So, a few months after that first spark, I moved back to Italy; this time to Milan, where I got a job as a Product Director for a high-end fashion jewelry house.
Almost 20 years later, back in San Juan, Puerto Rico we have two kids: 10 year-old Noa, our boy born in Milan and 8 year-old Numa, our girl born in San Juan. We renovated a 1970's six-unit property, where we live on the second floor and rent the rest of the units to long-term tenants.
In August 2012, after lodging Gianluca's parents in one of the vacant apartments during their visit, we decided to use some of the units to host family and friends visiting from abroad. When not in use by family or friends, it is available for travelers looking for a home away from home.