Things have been progressing nicely in Italy. One day I blinked and it was just over a month before I head home for Easter. While this would have made me smile in October, it’s already starting to make me a little sad. You mean I can count the amount of aperitivo hours I have left with my friends? I don’t have all the time in the world to sample the brioches? My little host brothers have visibly grown up since I got here! I can have a conversation in Italian without freaking out! It’s all going fast, but the Erasmus year’s evanescence makes it all the more beautiful.
Wondering what I’ve been learning in Italy? Here’s a recap.
-If the question is do you want to try homemade polenta/insalatone/pasta frolla tart, the answer is always yes.
-Libraries in Italy are
some of their more the most poorly organized institutions
.-On a bar menu ‘toast’ is the Italian way of saying croque monsieur/ham and cheese toastie/grilled cheese with ham.
-Nothing starts on time. Not classes, not exams, not meetings, nothing.
-If you ask, you might be able to get into the museum for free.
-Always, ALWAYS, print out your pre-bought train tickets. You will risk getting a fine and being very, very relieved when you can talk your way out of it. If you can talk your way out of it.
-A cappuccino is, in fact, a perfectly acceptable drink to have in the afternoon as long as it’s not immediately after a meal.
-I like smoked salmon. I still don’t like avocado. Cream cheese makes me feel a little gross, even if it has an Italian name.
-Italian bags are pretty awesome, but I still prefer the simple French asthetic.
-Reservations are always a good idea.
-Sometimes reading nonfiction is the best way to get yourself started for the day. Drive was an astonishingly inspiring book, even for this girl who swears she’s not business-minded!
-Italian bread will never, ever beat a baguette, but at least there are more varieties to try. At 40¢ per panino, there’s no reason you can’t try a new kind each day of the week. Except for Sunday when the panificio is closed.
-There is an aged ricotta you can shave onto food like parmesean. Must. Try.
-Writing a 3,500 word essay in Italian really isn’t so bad if you love what you’re writing about. Yes, I am writing about coffee.
What have you learnt recently?