So, you already know that I am in love with Italy, but I have yet to tell you how and why. I have yet to tell you my love story: How girl met Italy, how Italy swooned girl. It probably all started when I was old enough to realize that my Nana was Italian. To this day, she will tell me about the time I wrote about her in one of my 4th grade essays. I said: “My Nana isn’t like most grandmas. She doesn’t bake cookies… the only thing she cooks is pasta and sauce!”. And it’s true. Nana… Read More
“I was born and raised a guido. It’s a life style. It’s about representing- family, Italian, tanning, gel. I got a f*cking tanning bed in my place. That’s how serious I am about being a guido.” – Pauly D. from MTV’s The Jersey Shore What do The Godfather, The Sopranos, and The Jersey Shore all have in common? Stereotypes. Italian-American stereotypes. Hollywood’s exaggeration of what Italian-Americans are like is nothing new. And yet, it seems to have only gotten worse without most people even realizing it. While I do not want to discredit a producer’s ability to make a great… Read More
I am lacking. Or rather slacking. Whichever you prefer, I have completely failed this project this week! I have just recently started grad school which means 4 nights a week of class and working part-time as a grad assistant during the day. I haven’t read up on any history since the ancient Romans and my plan was to have finished the history section by tomorrow! How can I say I have understood Italian history when all I know is a few facts about ancient Rome? What about all those years to follow? The Middle Ages? The Unification of Italy?! The Italian… Read More
It is no wonder Italians love to spend the majority of their day eating, drinking and living the motto “il dolce far niente”, or the sweetness of doing nothing. The upper class of the ancient Roman society lived this way. They woke up with the rising of the sun, ready to face a day full of recreation, entertainment and food. They ate similar portions that most Italians eat today: a small piece of bread and cheese for breakfast, a small bite of bread with other fixings such as fruit, cheese or vegetables and then a five course meal for dinner… Read More
It’s been 5 days since I started out on this path of learning and I am already struggling with staying motivated. I have tried to keep plowing through Henry D. Sedgewick’s “A Short History of Italy”, which although may be short in comparison to other works, is not so brief for someone who has a short reading attention span. I have made it through 67 pages, which is brings me to year 867 at the time of the great Pope Nicholas I. While much of what I have read has passed right over my head, there are a few particular… Read More
For the past 5 years of my life I have been madly in love with approximately 116,000 square miles of this planet, all of which are located thousands of miles away from me and take the shape of what looks like a very poorly made boot. Yes, I am in love with Italy. Some might laugh at this and say, “Oh honey, who isn’t in love with her?”, but I can honestly admit that this fascination is more than just a high school crush, more than just some strange infatuation. No. This is a passionate love affair in which I… Read More
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