“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
 I have used this quote only twice in my life, and both of these times i had been facing some very rough times.  But it really tells how it feels when you face something way bigger than you, and you can do nothing, except do your best to get through the rain, without breaking your umbrella.
 Today is the day when Burano opens again after 3 months of lockdown. This crazy little thing called Covid was the littlest enemy no one could ever imagine facing. But now that it is over it feels like life and happiness can start again. Here on the island, businesses are open again, the souvenirs shops are polishing the windows and fixing the flowers outside of the entrances. And above all you can finally see that look of relief on people's faces, knowing that we have passed the storm, and that we will get better day by day.
 My tours can finally start again, 10 people per group, just wearing a face mask. You may not see my smile but my eyes will show you the happiness I'll feel being able to restart doing what i love. But don't misunderstand me. I'm not the same tour guide I used to be. It's not possible to ignore what just happened. 
 I am now a lot wiser, and even more intentioned to guide you to the most authentic, beautiful, real side of Burano and the lagoon, supporting the local community and respecting the gift of storytelling God gave me. I will use that power to be the change Venice much needs. No more crowds, no more over tourism.    
 Just a slow, sustainable, intimate way to feel part of this little corner of the world called lagoon.

Can't wait to meet you!
 

xoxo, Silvia