Life in Italy hasn't been all sunshine and roses. (Well, there's been a lot of sunshine, especially at the beach, and the roses in the gardens here are all blooming right now ... but you know what I mean.) We have adored our time here, but I wouldn't be proving a full picture of my … Continue reading Sunshine and Roses
As of today, we have less than a week left in Viterbo. We leave bright and early Saturday morning to head to Switzerland for the vacation portion of our journey. From our first day here, when Henry and I tiptoed around the streets surrounding our guest house, I've made it my goal to explore as … Continue reading Inside the Walls of Viterbo
Before coming to Viterbo, I did a lot of practical, random, and/or anxiety-induced Google searches about life in Italy. Several of those were related to what to wear -- what would be seasonally appropriate and help us blend in at least a teeny bit with the locals? The internet was packed with advice. Italians wear … Continue reading Dressing for Italy
Tuesday morning at my favorite gelateria, I confidently ordered two flavors: crema e pesce. The 20-something dude holding the cone raised an eyebrow. "Uhm ..." Had I spoken too quickly? Was my accent a mess? The shop was packed with teenagers on lunch break -- maybe it was too loud? I tried again. "Crema e … Continue reading I Get By With a Little Help …
I know I've promised my thoughts on Rome. I know I should report on yesterday's adventure to Orvieto and Civita de Bagnoregio. I've kept this blog fairly light, but I should probably bust out something contemplative and deep one of these days. But not today. Today I'm going to talk about Lemon Fanta. It's a … Continue reading Lemon Fanta
Ciao amici! We have officially been in Viterbo for one week. It's been a loooooooong week (I had to double check that it's actually only been a week), but a great one. My classes started this week (I added a drawing class to my planned lineup of Travel Photography and Introduction to Italian) and we've … Continue reading Il Nostro Appartamento
This is denture adhesive. I bought it at a farmacia in Viterbo on our second day here. After standing in front of the shelves trying to find a familiar-looking product for an awkwardly long time, I gave up and grabbed what I thought was cheap Italian toothpaste. Back at our apartment, I slowed down, parsed … Continue reading Parlo Italiano?