Italy is bathed in golden yellow light. I had never seen the like of it. I was used to Ireland, Ireland glows a blue hue like the depths of the ocean overlaid with a fog. It is a blue that makes you feel like you are in a dream. It is a blue that fills your heart with contentment and fulfilment. The yellow hue in Italy makes you feel alive, it fills your heart with prospects and fantasies. It tells you that you should leave your job and live in the golden light. Ireland’s blue light tells you that you should stay right where you are, on the coastline where the grey-blue ocean meets the purple-blue sky. That is the difference between Italy and Ireland – fantasy and reality.