After reading Diana Baur’s post entitled, Forty Things I’ve Learned in Italy, I couldn’t help but be inspired to write my own.
You see, Italy has this way about her. Those of us that have fallen under her spell have a certain understanding of each other. Perhaps, you have fallen too.
1. There is no real need for a clothes dryer.
2. It is possible to have a full-body culinary experience.
3. You can never have too many vowels.
4. There is no need for processed foods.
5. A raised voice does not necessarily mean yelling.
6. Italian art history is absolutely fascinating.
8. What ever the question, the answer is simplicity.
9. Going up to a stranger that doesn’t speak your language isn’t really that hard after all.
11. Walking everywhere is far too underrated.
12. Italians have something they “say” for every single situation imaginable.
13. Children love history- when you tell them the right way and put them in the middle of it.
14. It is possible to experience what it would feel like to drive through the inside of a painting.
15. Children can appreciate good food.
16. An 86 year old Nona that has been making pasta her entire life would probably beat me in a game of arm wrestling.
17. Blending yourself into an Italian family takes love, gaining a few pounds, and lots of patience.
18. There is something to be said about generations of families growing up in the same small village.
19. A village will stop everything for a lost or injured dog. I’ve seen it happen many times.
20. Wasting resources is unacceptable.
21. A big house is a big waste.
23. Grandparents caring for their grandchildren is a privilege, not a burden.
24. There is no smell more intoxicating than walking past an open kitchen window where an Italian is cooking.
25. Sitting at a coffee bar with a cappuccino, while people watching in a piazza, is wonderful.
26. Sharing a meal can be a religious experience.
27. It is possible to live an extraordinary life.
29. We know absolutely nothing about bureaucracy in the US.
30. It is better to own 3 high-quality pairs of shoes, than way too many cheap ones.
32. You do not need many of today’s modern conveniences.
33. Everyone should experience the passion of Italian culture.
34. A bicycle is a respected form of transportation.
35. The weightless fluid environment of free diving is far more meditative than any yoga practice I have done.
36. You can conquer your fears of swimming with sea life by petting a jellyfish.
38. You can fit more people than you think into a fiat 500.
39. In Italy, Catholicism is a culture- a way to live; where in the states, it is a religion.
40. Fields of sunflowers are magical.