Everyday Italy in pictures

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It’s hard to get a real idea of what life is like in Italy when you only visit for vacation. Living here is very different than what I perceived Italy to be when I used to visit months at a time. Here is a glimpse of the little things about Italian life that I see everyday.

They have to-go cups for espressoIMG_0963-0.JPG

I hang dry my clothes and have to iron them everyday. It ends up being therapeutic.IMG_0968 

Tiramisu actually means pick me up. In Italy you have to whip the cream yourself, it doesn’t come pre-whipped!IMG_0967

Studying Italian, it’s definitely a tiramigiù at the momentIMG_1154-0

That car is parked there…IMG_1162

They created the seat belt to save lives. They then created the beeper to remind you to save your own life. Some don’t value their lives I suppose. I took it out and my friend was really curious as to why I would do that and gave me a strange look.IMG_0035

Making banana pancakes for the family. We all live together practically, so they just come right in :DIMG_1146

Teaching kids in an after school program.IMG_1163-0

Updating a handwritten list to the new modern way thanks to personal use of a computer give to us (Americans) since the 1980s. In Italy personalized computers were distributed later and the use of internet is still a fairly new tool when it comes to business. IMG_0964

I’ve accepted that I live in Italy and just do without.IMG_1155-0.JPG

When the shipping costs more than the product you know you’ll just have to wait till you go home for Christmas and stuff your suitcase. IMG_1156

Tiramisu with friends. It’s a common dessert especially for summertime. IMG_1153

Stuffing ourselves into a small elevator. IMG_1152

Picking up my husband from port after 3 1/2 months away!IMG_1149

Welcome home love. Unforgettable moments.IMG_1150

Teaching kids at English camp some geography. “America non è sopra Inghilterra?”  io: “nooo, è lontana!” Same conversation I have every year. :DIMG_1157

McDonalds in Italy is favoloso. If only they knew! Apart from the sweets, they serve pasta salad and panini! IMG_1164.JPG

Having fun with my hubs back in town. IMG_1145

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The Journey to Success-Job hunting in Italy

Southern Italy is a hard place to live if you moved here right out of college, like I did. Straight into an economic crisis, no real experience besides my 3 month internship that had nothing to do with my degree. No English, no running websites or social media avenues that’s comparable to the US, no career counseling fairs or anything convenient like that, you’ve got to be joking. This is Italy, where people get jobs because they’re in the family even though they suck at what they do and aren’t qualified. If they’re not in the family then they get jobs because they’re friends of someone who has a connection. No one gets a job just because they deserve it or are best qualified in the area.  I thought my solid résumé and skills were enough. Little did I know about how Italy works or about where success really comes from.

I thought hey, at least I’m not ugly as sin, maybe that will help. WRONG. On my second interview I was told that I was TOO pretty and no one would take me seriously. Never heard that one. Then I said, hmmm, well at least I’m young, that means I’m moldable. WRONG AGAIN. In Italy being young is a fault not a benefit. Great, now what. Résumé check, skills check, appearance check, adaptability check. All that’s left is me.

My New Year’s resolution 2 years in a row has been to land the job that I rightfully deserve and have worked really hard for. I have a degree in comprehensive economics and I love that stuff. I wanted to work for the UN and combat human trafficking, or work in the export/import business. I’ve never cried so much or been so down about anything in my life but this problem of not finding a job and not feeling successful. It’s degrading, humiliating, and frustrating to work as a teacher just because I fit the job when I hate teaching and never saw myself as a teacher in my life. The only thing employers see in me is Madrelingua…”we want you because of your English skills, now can you translate the website and teach our daughter English on the side?” “I have to think about it” is often my reply, but “did you even look at my résumé? I fit the job description, I’m not here because I want to teach English…” The parts that are left of me after 2 years of this nonsense are all the bad parts probably. I go to interviews with a shield now.

To not cross off my resolutions list creates resentment and doubt about myself and what I’m worth and have to give. Imagine your husband coming home and telling you about his awesome job that he loves, a Special Forces helicopter pilot is pretty impressive. After hearing about his perfect day at his awesome job how can you even start to talk about your day as an English teacher and how you taught “to be” in 5 different ways when you see yourself as an economist solving world problems?

Countless résumés sent, not even a reply. Countless conversations had, but the story is always the same “you know, the economy is so bad right now, we’re still in a crisis, most people don’t have jobs, you’re lucky you’re teaching, and you’re so young and without experience.” I reply in my head “Yes, I do know very well, I have a degree in Economics and could explain to you with graphs why your country is in the %$^%* and could really help your business if you’d just give me a chance you a-hole, and I’m not lucky, I worked for what I have because I’m determined and not lazy.” But instead of saying what I think I just often say “I understand, thanks anyway.”

After this 2 year journey I started to look around and notice the successful people in my town. They’re all really determined people. They have what they have because they jump at opportunities, they’re very positive people, and have a vision. It’s then that I realized that I am successful because I have these qualities on the inside, it just hasn’t happened for me yet, in the order I had pictured. If I continue to be determined and keep trying something is bound to happen. Didn’t Thomas Edison try thousands of times to get the perfect lightbulb? That guy failed so many times and for some reason he just kept trying. If anyone was the master of determination it was him. I’m sure thousands of other people just gave up making the lightbulb, and so they weren’t given the credit. What’s the moral to the story? You don’t have to be the best at it, forget the other guy who always has straight A’s in life…you just have to have a bigger drive than him.

For me, the key factor of success is being determined, which down the line turns into numbers in which most people perceive success.When you’re in an environment that’s full of negativity and hopelessness in the job market you have to find a way to ignore it all and keep going despite what they say. It’s easy to quit or accept what you’re given, it’s hard to be determined. You have to do it for your own self-worth, not for competition between your peers, or to please your parents.

I’m now nearing 3 years of being in Italy. This year was a milestone for me in my job hunt. I was offered 3 opportunities at different schools, 1 opportunity at an engineering company, and 1 opportunity at an export company. All of this happened because I pushed and kept trying and made myself noticeable. I chose to decline all 3 school jobs, obviously teaching isn’t my field so I’m shutting doors. I tried out the engineering place and it didn’t work out, I’m now edging my way into an international exporting company. Even if it’s a slow process and there’s a chance it might fall through because, you know… “the economy” I still am happy and take it all as experience for the future.

So I’ve created a list of steps of how to be determined (which is a little ironic I know). I’ve never seen a list about being determined because it has to be something that comes from within. However, if you’re not born determined you can create a drive. If you want something bad enough you’ll do what it takes otherwise you never wanted it in the first place.

THE LIST~

1. Figure out who you are and what you really want. You can’t be determined about something that you feel so/so about.

2. Figure out your top priorities, organize your thoughts.

3. Be consistent. Success takes work. Most people who are at the beach every day are not successful people. Stay home and get your stuff done. Being consistent is a habit and takes practice.

4. Surround yourself with positive people who are also determined.

5. When you don’t feel like being determined read a book for encouragement from other people who have made it. If you don’t read then find another medium.

6.When you feel like you’ve lost your determination find something that inspires you to get back on track. For me, it’s reading about world affairs and traveling. This reminds me of how much I want to be involved and make changes.

7. Remember that success is a feeling from within, not numbers. A lot of being successful is having the ability to battle yourself, figure out who you are, and know what you want. Once you can do that it’s easy to be determined and achieve your goals.

8. Keep up with current times because it will make you feel like you’ve got an edge and will help you express determination physically. Learning new things is a great way to see your progress as well, and how determined you are. It’s not good enough to have average skills if you want to be successful. You need to continuously learn about social media mediums, technology, and cultural fads in the business world. It’s hard if you’re living in Italy and don’t know Italian. I use a lot of online sites to learn about things that aren’t accessible in Italy. Webucator is a great savvy place to keep yourself updated in technology. They teach all kinds of things like Microsoft programs, Linux, Quickbooks…you can choose how to learn either through an online class that’s live, through a skype-like platform, or through a self-paced course. Check it out http://www.webucator.com/

I know this post may seem clichè, determination is pretty predictable for a success factor. But, when loads of people and books say the same thing it’s because it’s true-many people have lived to tell how basic but fundamental it is. Determination translates into may other character traits, it can be hard to put into continuous practice, but easy if you truly care about reaching your goal.

Please share about your success stories in Italy with job hunting, your struggles, and what in your opinion is the key factor to success!

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Business the Italian way: what the Italians excel at

Preface

Sorry for my long absence, these last few months have been very hectic in my personal life. Have you ever had long periods of nothing going on and then bam, everything happens at once? Well, everything has been happening all at once since February non-stop.  I finally have a break to write a post as it’s a rainy weekend and I’m feeling under the weather so I don’t mind to sit on the couch and pour out my thoughts that have been building up for months. Yes, I think about my blog continuously even if I rarely have time for it these days. I’ve been battling between 3 posts completely non-correlated: Every day Italy through pictures: the real life,  A peephole into Italian design: the scope of art, and Business the Italian way: what the Italians excel at. For the last few months I’ve been collecting pictures for Every day Italy  but it’s an ongoing project. The Italian Design post is my true, deep passion so I’m still in the process of  organizing my thoughts on that. I’m left with Business the Italian way which fits perfectly for today because I’ve been dealing with business in literally every aspect over the last few months. This post talks about what I’ve learned over the last 2 1/2 years of doing business in Italy as the client.

Business the Italian way: What the Italians excel at

1. They’re the kings of negotiation

Negotiating has always been my weak point in life. I don’t feel bad about it, I can blame that on being the youngest child; we often have to accept whatever is given to us and follow the others. I didn’t get help later in life either as they never had a class on negotiation in college-which thinking back I don’t understand how they could miss that. When I got to Italy however I noticed immediately that Italians are some seriously savvy people when it comes to negotiating. They demand what they want, it’s amazing. They never worry about the prices that people tell them because they already have a plan A and plan B of how they will get the price they want at the end of the day. Their strategy is the friendly one, guilt tripping others to lower the price in respect of their friendship, the economy, the location, their personal life…whatever. Then they nag until they get the price that they want. They have a way of convincing like I’ve never seen before. They’re never embarrassed or shy, what matters to them is the bottom line and what stays in their pockets. I’ve never seen an American have enough patience to nag and nag again, but this has it’s benefits in the business world.

Here is my personal example: My Italian husband and I went to finalize a contract to buy a china cabinet at our local furniture store, whose owner is a family friend     (principle one). The man slid over the contract for us to sign and the price was 1,200 euro. Without even speaking, my husband wrote 1,000 euro, crossed out the other amount, and signed the contract. Then the jokes started flying between him and the owner, the friendly way to negotiate “this is how you repay me, come on!” then my husband replied “we’re family friends man! 200 is the discount in advance because I know we’re going to have to wait 4 months!”  A few pinches and pokes later our family-friend-furniture-salesman agreed on the contract. I said to my husband “that was pretty savvy, I would’ve never had the guts to do that.” He said “Jessica, this is how it works in Italy.”

We ended up waiting 5 months for that china cabinet so we made a trip back to the furniture store but this time for me to practice my negotiating skills. I said to the salesman “look, we’ve been waiting a long time and it’s not reasonable. In America they would offer something to their clients to keep them content, so I expect the same from you in all honesty also because we’re friends.” He then agreed and said “Jessica, go pick out what you want in the store and that’ll be my gift to you for the inconvenience.” I went, found a vase that I loved (150 euro) and took my pride and joy home and then patiently continued to wait for my china cabinet. Now, every time I look at that vase I laugh. In the end we really paid 850 for our china cabinet because we had the guts to negotiate.

My beautiful vase

2. They sniff out all loopholes, and if they aren’t there they just create them

All people talk about in Italy is how to get around the system whether they’re a group of teenagers trying to figure out how to not pay for metro tickets, or a typical family saving monthly trash costs by living together. This affects every part of their culture. They find ways to not pay taxes, work illegally, stay at home and get paid, get medicine without prescriptions, build houses in no-build zones, I mean it’s endless. It’s almost like a science in Italy. Albeit the government is so strict with regulations and taxes that you have to bypass the system just to live a decent life. Everyone is involved because their mother’s boss is doing it, and his friend’s niece is doing it…the whole country is doing it! If you don’t find loopholes someone else will and then you’ll be left paying full price for no reason.

If a loophole doesn’t exist in an area of life then the mafia takes care of that by fluffing up situations and making them seem more grave than they really are. So, in Italy there are loopholes everywhere. Living here has taught me to look into things more deeply, research, and find ways to get discounts.

3. They make connections like nobody’s business

In America the way you make connections is really short lived and more on a superficial level. You give them your business card, you send cards for Christmas, call if you’re in town for something quick but not meaningful…you know what I’m talking about? Your connection stops there, it never really becomes personal or develops into a life lasting friendship. People in America can also see right through you if you’re dragging them along just for your success, but they don’t always mind that because they’re probably doing the same thing to you. In Italy however when an Italian makes a connection he doesn’t always give out a business card, but instead takes you out for coffee and then gives you his personal cell phone number. He then contacts you in general for random stuff, not just for business. This creates a more casual relationship wherein trust grows. Italians contact each other, joke around, keep in touch, call for every event in your life, they make their connections feel like friends. Even if the friendship is business related it’s much more valuable than a distant connection where you’re too afraid to let your guard down just to say something personal like happy anniversary.

I’ve learned a lot about making connections in Italy from just watching how they do business. Maybe a reason why their connections bend over backwards for them is that they trust each other (way more than Americans trust each other). As an American myself I have a major problem believing what people say. I doubt people mean what they say when I’m doing business with them probably 95% of the time. I double check that they know what they’re doing, I ask around, and I do a little research. Italians however generally trust each other’s work and that they can do what they’re saying they can do.  Personal example: My husband and I went to a fabric shop to look at some wallpaper but couldn’t really decide what to buy. So, the lady let us take home the sample books with no rush, no worries at all that we would keep those books for who knows how long. We said we’d bring them back the next day. She doesn’t have our information really, she just trusts that we’re going to bring them back tomorrow like we said. What if we sold those sample books? What if we used the samples for small DIY projects or ruined them and then just said sorry? She has no worries at all. I was impressed by this and it made me felt valued as a customer honestly. Point that I learned is to trust your clients and they’ll turn around and trust you back, or cut you slack at least.

Another personal example: A man came over and painted my ceilings but I didn’t have any cash to pay him at the moment so he said oh don’t worry about it, I’ll drop by sometime next week whenever and we’ll take care of it then. Can you imagine that happening in America? Never. If I was a bad client I could avoid being home for months, but he doesn’t think about that because he trusts and his message is that he doesn’t care just about the money, but about the relationship, the connection. What happened is he made me trust him and because he was so slack I’ll be calling him back.

They make friendships, they trust, and they do favors. I can’t even remember how many times I’ve dropped by a business to have them fix something quick for me like my car, a piece of furniture, breakfast, or even waxing my legs and they didn’t let me pay. They give so much to returning clients just to keep that connection alive. It works. Give a little, take a lot back. This was a great lesson learned that the Italians taught me.

Apart from the favors, they always give discounts. Usually this covers tax. One thing you have to consider when you buy something in Italy is that the price includes tax so you never have to guess the final amount at the counter.  I think it’s very kind of them to give you a little “sconto”,  and it’s a great strategy. Now, if you’re friends with the person, they’ll give you a nice sconto to keep you as a connection and friend.

4. Patience is the key to happiness-and quality

The first rule about Italy is you have to be patient. Nothing happens fast here, everything is done in tranquil time because people are busy not working, going to the beach, and living la bella vita of course. Well, that translates into business. When people take their time and enjoy what they’re doing, even when it’s completing an order, they usually do a better job. Quality has always been superior to quantity, and quantity can mean the amount of months you wait for your product to be finished. Like I said, we waited a total of 5 months for our china cabinet, but when it arrived it was exactly what we expected: pure quality and beautiful design. The delivery guys did come at 7:30 in the morning unannounced, but again PATIENCE is the key to happiness. I kindly let them in, held my temper, offered some coffee to them and myself, and was just happy they came at all after 5 months of waiting…

Quality is superior to convenience in Italy. In America I think quality and convenience are on the same level, people give in if they have to wait and then end up with livable products. Italians don’t do that. They wait for 1 year just to receive wedding photos, and it’s acceptable. Everybody would be out of business if that happened in America. But I think I’m adapting to this slow-service movement. I’ve seen the difference in quality between American products and Italian products and in my experience it’s worth the wait. Think long-term investments, that’s the name of the game in business the Italian way.

A negative side of patience is when you wait to get paid by a client. If a client takes his time to pay you that is another way to say “you screwed me over and I’m irritated” Ironically the salesmen don’t nag to get their money because they know they did something wrong in the first place so they accept the repercussions (again notice the tranquil lifestyle).  But if you run into a good businessman he will actually inquire about why you’re not paying him because he cares about his business, the connection, and also his money too.

End-notes

To end this post I have to tell you at least one thing they are quite bad about just for kicks, and that is……dun….dun…dun….advertising. Not all the time, but lately I’ve been noticing some major failings. First take into consideration that all Italians study English up until their last day of college, and even afterwards. They have an interest in the English language and should therefore be careful with what they write in English. Also, many companies operate internationally marketing to English speakers, so there is their second motive to pay close attention to the English language. These pictures just make me laugh.

Horno….it’s a little too close to another word we all know. Couldn’t stop laughing when I saw this. What this translates to an English speaker is: hmmm, better be careful if I eat these!

Lube is a famous kitchen brand in Italy so I’ve heard. But Lube, really? And then the advertisement reads “Lube, for all the reasons in the world.” Well, I can imagine…! Apparently they don’t teach international business in Italian colleges to help prevent companies from making idiots out of themselves in other languages. It might be a dangerous, slippery slope to buy a kitchen from them!

This last one is just poor advertising point blank. Born to be wild with a kitten on the inside. SMH

 

 

A dopo, you can trust me on that, but it might be a while.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Things I didn’t know about Italy 2

This post has taken some time to come about. It’s not easy to sum up a race by saying things you didn’t know about them in a supportive way. After four years of careful, cultural observation of these people and their ways I have come to a little list of the things I didn’t know about Italians. I will start with the most humorous observation:

-They are very scared of spicy food. 

It’s unbelievable how much Italians get worried and say things like “it might be spicy, don’t eat it” or “no, I don’t like Mexican, it’s spicy” or “Asian food is too hot.” I have laughed myself to sleep several times thinking how strange it is that they consider these things spicy. The first time I encountered this phobia was when I made fajitas for my Italian family. Anyone who knows fajitas knows that it is one of the most mild Mexican foods you can eat. The family all started with their questions and said “is this spicy?” and I would say no. They would then try it and go “ahhh…it’s spicy!” I just looked at them with great confusion.

I’ll never forget when I went to Thailand for my honeymoon and I was traveling in an Italian group. We decided to have lunch buffet style so we all got a little bit of everything on our plates. I was eating some noodles and one of the Italian girls asked me if it was spicy and of course I said no because it really wasn’t. She tried it and freaked the heck out like she had just eaten a scorpion or something. I had never seen anything like it. I just looked at my husband and raised my shoulders. She then gobbled down a few glasses of water. I didn’t know what to say except girl you need to get out more!

Note to self: Italians don’t cook with spices ever. The average Italian has maybe 4 spices in their spice rack (which are all Italian herbs really) that they never use. They don’t adorn their recipes with anything but salt, oil, and vinegar-no wonder!

-A superstitious bunch

At first I thought this was a character trait from random people that I met. I slowly started to realize after encountering people from the North and the South and observing in general that everyone is superstitious in this country. My husband, my co-workers, the students I teach, people on TV, Facebook acquaintances-they all have warned me of things I should never do. Don’t tell someone happy birthday before their actual birthday (it’s bad luck) of course you wouldn’t dare celebrate someone’s birthday a day early either. No black cats, throw the salt over your shoulder, and men don’t ever put your hat on your bed!

-Baby friendly

One thing that my expat friends love about Italy is that it’s a baby/kid friendly place. My British friend who is a mother of two young kids told me that when she goes out to restaurants no one glares when her children are loud or messy, they just look at her like it’s natural. That was great to hear after being a waitress in the States for 4 years and hearing the outrageous requests my customers had for being seated near children. They would ask me (the waitress) to tell the mother to control her children. Many wanted to be reseated far away from the “distractions” or better yet “the bothersome family. ” Ya well, that never happened.

I walked into a store once in my little town and said “buongiorno” to the lady who was obviously the owner. I immediately double looked and saw that she was carrying a baby and had a baby play pin smack in the middle of the store. I was shocked and thought it was pretty unprofessional. After I thought about it twice I changed my mind and thought to myself that if I was a new mother I’d probably like to keep my job too and raise my baby myself in the process. That’s the way you gotta do it sometimes, with baby in arms; so go her and go the people of Italy who accept unprofessionalism so that moms can keep their jobs.

Another baby friendly thing that I noticed right away in Italy was all the public breast feeding. Women would breast feed their babies at a cafe, during dinner, at the beach, whenever…wherever (uncovered might I add.) They never went inside restrooms and hid like they were ashamed or afraid of offending the public. The Italians look at it as the most beautiful and natural thing a person can do-so they proudly display that which profoundly expresses their deep culture in art and beauty. One person explained to me in Italian “how could someone think public breast feeding’s offensive when other women walk around slutty with no clothes on? That’s offensive.” He had a good point. Italians have definitely converted me on the breast feeding epidemic-I am now 100% pro-public breast feeding (but covered.) It’s public affection right? Why can’t I breast feed my baby proudly in front of everyone if I can kiss my husband out in public?

Last point I want to add about Italy being baby friendly is the little warning dots they put on TV. At the bottom of the screen before you see a show or a movie you’ll notice a little green dot which means good for all audiences. If the dot is red it’s no good for kids! Cool idea.

-Other random things

They think Americans are weird because we mix pasta and meat on the same plate, well have you ever heard of mixing beer and coke together or even stranger, celery and wine? They do, coo coo.

If you use the restroom you may find half of the toilet on the wall close to the ceiling! Of course you won’t notice this until you flush the toilet and feel splashes of water on your arms. You’ll look up with a scared face and freeze in shock that half the toilet is on the ceiling! Whatev, to each his own.

If you start a business in Italy the priest will come and bless it, and everyone will bring you plants to congratulate you. How adorable is that. After the priest blesses the new place, he hammers a little cross on the wall. So, If you go to a mom-and-pop store in Italy then look for the little cross…you’ll know you’re in a sincere and homey place!

Italians have their own version of fruit cake. It’s called Panettone.

They drink espresso right? For all those who are unfamiliar, espresso is an ounce of coffee that loses its heat within a minute and takes all of two seconds to drink. Regardless of these facts Italians use to-go cups for their espresso…non c’e senso secondo me (doesn’t make sense in my opinion). I’ve been noticing this a lot lately and just find it so ironic.

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