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Italians

18
Nov

10 Tips for International Long Distance Relationships

Earlier this year I wrote a post with five tips for surviving a long-distance relationship and interestingly enough, Google Analytics says a lot of people like it. Since this is my our anniversary week-yes, we are celebrating all week-I thought I’d revisit how we got here and offer some more tips for those of you...
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12
Nov

What Did you Call Me? Labeling Your Significant Other in Italian

Last month Lisa Fantino spurred a discussion on Italian love phrases and we talked a bit about the differences between “ti voglio bene,” “ti amo,” and “sono innamorato con te.” Today, she’s back to dissect some new Italian words and answer the burning question on every teenage girl’s mind … “Where do I stand with...
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10
Nov

Free Food and Delicious Drinks: The Southern Italian Aperitivo

I started this post last week as part of the “My Favorite Things” series on traditions I love in Southern Italy, but old memories kicked in and well, that post got long. So, last week I told you about my first aperitivo in Calabria and today I’m going to elaborate on the “Aperitivo Experience,” something...
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04
Nov

The Southern Italian Aperitivo: An Unforgettable Experience

I’ve been running down the list of some of my favorite southern Italian traditions and have covered the long, leisurely lunch and the nightly passeggiata. Today, we’re returning to the table, but before I tell you about this pre-meal, appetite-inducing tradition, I need to go back-five or six years, actually, and tell you about my...
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22
Oct

Five Words That’ll Keep You Warm in Winter

Over the years I’ve written about how to dress when you are visiting southern Italy and I’ve shared-many times over-some of my favorite Italian words. Today’s post combines those topics and fellow expat in southern Italy blogger, Laura of Ciao Amalfi! offers Italy-bound travelers the 411 on staying warm in winter. Italians are known around...
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20
Oct

Real Recipe Wednesday: Calabrese Lagane

And no, that’s not a typo for “lasagna.” We’ve already done that recipe … remember? Lagane is a homemade southern Italian pasta that many food historians believe to be the origin of modern-day lasagna. It is traditionally served with chickpeas, but you’ll have to wait until next week for that recipe. Today, we’re delving into...
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15
Oct

Understanding Italian Expressions of L-O-V-E

There is no denying Italian is one of the most romantic languages in the world and I remember on my first trip back in 2000, being mesmerized by a guy who gave us walking directions to the Spanish Steps. Surely he said nothing more than “go straight, turn left, then keep on walking,” but his...
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07
Oct

Seven Easy Italian Words to add to Your Vocab

Italian is arguably one of the most beautifully seductive languages in the world but that doesn’t mean it is easy to learn. I’ve written quite a bit about my favorite Italian words, some nice … others not-so-sweet, and this month I’ve asked some of my fellow Italophile bloggers for their input. To kick off the...
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01
Oct

My Favorite Italian Nighttime Ritual … The Popular Passeggiata

A couple of weeks ago I started really thinking about the things I love in Calabria. I wrote about my favorite meal-time experience … the long, leisurely lunch and today, I’d like to talk about what we do after that. And no, I don’t mean sleeping (although that is a pretty handy southern Italian tradition,...
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Scolacium
21
Sep

Travel Tip Tuesday: Is Calabria Right For You?

Back in April, Robin, my friend and Travel Tip Tuesday counterpart over at My Melang√® listed six reasons Italy might not be for everyone. It is one of my favorite posts and is a must-read for travelers considering a first-time trip to the bel paese. This week, I thought I’d elaborate on her post and...
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