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Guidos – Driving In Italy

Guidos – Driving In Italy In the USA, a Guido is a slang (some would say pejorative) word for an Italian American.  In Italy, however, Guido is a boy’s name or when used as a verb it literally means “I drive.” We had been…

A Slight Turn Of Phrase

  Learning Italian When learning Italian, it is important to remember that inflection and emphasis on a particular syllable can make all the difference between getting your point across and really offending someone. A slight turn of phrase can change the meaning of a…

The Reality of an International Move

REALITY Once we made the decision to move abroad reality kicked into high gear.  My husband had to start work before we were ready to move, thus, he moved ahead of us and left me behind to take care of the logistics. And let…

Parmesan cheese

I Swam Away To Purple John

  Prosecco, Prosciutto and Purple John cheese I just re-read my first post from 2009. It took me 2 full years, but I did indeed swim away from my perfect island – smack into what one might metaphorically say are shark infested waters. Namely,…

Fidenza Village shopping mall

Strip Malls Italian Style

August 2011 Arrived. Tired, bedraggled and sleepy but we made it. Kids cried upon arrival but were laughing later in the day. Internet connection is sketchy at best. Cannot move in yet, but we are going there to unpack and organize. Just want a…