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Italians

28
Feb

Ti Amo, Too

For all of those “babies” and “Peppes” out there who are 1) too shy to emblazon their love on a public walkway 2) afraid of breaking the law (and getting caught) -or- 3) who don’t have a steady enough hand… Directly from the street facing the Duomo in Palermo… These are for you! Can anyone...
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26
Feb

Testa Dura Strikes Again!

Remember last week when my suocero lamented over, what he sees as, my poor eating habits? Well, that testa dura won’t take “non” for an answer! The next day, he showed up with this, and offered an excuse that the “bricklayer down the street” brought it by for me. The following morning, I found this...
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21
Feb

Sausage and Sweets – Sharing the Love

Quick! What do homemade sausage and bakery-bought sweets have in common? – They both begin with the letter “S” – They are both, um…food – They are both found in Italy And, they both ‘show the love!’Heh? Well, it’s true. It’s common knowledge Pep spoils our construction crew. And, that wasn’t the only time. Every...
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10
Feb

Two Things

you already know… 1) I hate being cold; and 2) Italians have some pretty extreme ideas of what constitutes health. Therefore, the following coversation between my suocero and myself should come as no surprise. Me: (shiver) “I’m soooo cold!” Lui: “Do you know why you are cold?” Me: “Uh, si! Because it is cold outside.”...
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21
Jan

Accenti Italiani

I just *love* Italians… You know I do. One, on most occasions, more than the rest. But, one thing I do not discriminate on is my love of their cute little accents…in inglese, of course. My personal favorite? “Cherrye” It is no surprise Italians encounter difficulties with my name – Americans have had problems my...
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05
Sep

"Gimme that Soldi!" WW Part 2

“Chi ha moglie ha doglie” We were last discussing what common denominator ties weddings together world-wide. If not flowers, cakes, veils, or favors…what could it be? That only leaves one thing! Well, technically that leaves a lot of things…but today we are talking about il regalo di nozze, otherwise known as, the wedding present. This...
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02
Sep

Ah, the Language Barrier

It is either a blessing or a hindrance, right? I must admit that while I am eager to perfect the Italian language, and Pep is pretty darn smarto in inglese, the language barrier is one more obstacle we fight to overcome. Sometimes, it works in your favor. “So-in-so is soooo stupid!” What, you are mad...
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31
Aug

Sale or No?

And, no! This is not referring to the lack of regularly seen sconti throughout Italy, but rather. Salt or no salt. On your watermelon, I mean? All summer, at the amazement, and sometimes utter disguist of the Italians, I have added a dash of sale to my watermelon. Well, I finally got one Italian to...
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29
Aug

"Wedding Traditions – All’ Italiana!" WW – Part 1

 “Ne di Venere Ne di Marte non si sposa ne si parte!” Welcome to Part One of a Five-Part Series about le nozze, i matrimoni or, as we say in English, WEDDINGS! On the board today… Tradizioni Italiani! Wedding traditions, in both the US and Italy, date back further than Martha Stewart, Preston Bailey, or...
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26
Jul

“Til Death Do us Part”

… what a SCARY concept! Yuck. I mean who wants to think about the dead, dying, and death on the happiest day of their lives? Not me! I want to think happy thoughts…positive thoughts… Why not say instead “forever” or “for always” or even “forever and ever and always?” I’m just saying…It certainly isn’t a...
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