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Digestion

Just like one must pay attention to the air in Italy, one must also pay attention to proper digestion.  Unlike, the USA, digestion is a very common and accepted topic of conversation in Italy. Proper digestion is very important to one’s health. To insure…

Italian Air

So I am going to discuss some quirks about Italian living.  I don’t want to offend anyone (especially my Italian friends) because while the other ex-pats and I may find these customs quirky and endearing, to an Italian these beliefs are time tested and…

La Cittadella

The Citadel of Parma is a pentagonal fortress with five bastions that was built in the last years of the sixteenth century.  The structure was built at the request of the Duke of Parma and Piacenza, Alessandro Farnese.  It is not a particularly very…

Botticellis and Berlusconis

“First of all, let’s get one thing straight. Your Italy and our Italia are not the same thing. Italy is a soft drug peddled in predictable packages, such as hills in the sunset, olive groves, lemon trees, white wine, and raven-haired girls. Italia, on…

Frankenturkey

HOW TO KEEP TRADITIONS ALIVE WHEN LIVING ABROAD We had been in Italy for two months.  It was our first Thanksgiving away from home.  We were all homesick.  Everything is difficult to accomplish when you don’t speak the language. Even the simplest of tasks…

St. Augustine

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” ~ St. Augustine ~…

Prosciutto di Parma

Prosciutto translates from Italian into English as “ham.”  This is not an accurate and complete translation, however, as Prosciutto di Parma indicates a dry-cured pork that is unique to Parma, Italy.  To call it ham does not do it justice. This is not the…

Be Careful What You Wish For

Outside our apartment is a pathway that goes between a park and a mall.  It is a pedestrian street that is hidden from main traffic. It has a nice seating area and it is a perfect place for teenagers and twenty-somethings to hangout, eat,…

Mickey D’s

Fast Food Is Just Not A Thing In Italy Fast food is almost non existent in Italy. They do have Autogrill which is basically a rest stop. But Autogrill is no Stop-N-Go. Autogrill has delicious panini, brioche, espresso, wine, cheese and bathrooms. And other…

L’Onda

Life In A Foreign Land When adapting to a new life in a foreign land, I think Dame Judy Dench put it best: “Initially, you are overwhelmed. But gradually you realize it’s like a wave. Resist and you’ll be knocked over. Dive into it…