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One year

19 May

Italiano

To our friends and family, miscellaneous musings after our first year in Italy. We arrived May 18, 2012.

1. Cats do not need to go outdoors. A windowsill will do.

Dare-devil Janie on the (very wide) window sill. Libby watches from the cat tower. Window screens are a rarity.

Dare-devil Janie on the (very wide) window sill. Libby watches from the cat tower. They traded a Portland garden for a 3rd floor windowsill.

2. When Italians ask “Come stai?” they really mean it. It’s not just in passing, like in the U.S. Here it is a conversation starter.

3. Arugula is fantastic on a sandwich piadina or panino. Lettuce is for salads.

4. A scarf around your neck is really comforting. It keeps the chill off your neck and it looks good, too.

5. Walking is a terrific form of transportation but shoe leather wears out faster than car tires.

6. Parking is colorful: white (free), blue (pay), yellow (restricted) zones are interpreted liberally by drivers.

Here we see a car parked in blue stripes (pay) but overlapping onto yellow (reserved in this case for handicapped).

Here we see a car parked in blue stripes (pay) but overlapping onto yellow (reserved in this case for handicapped).

This car is parking in a free zone, as indicated by the white lines...except this is a pedestrian crossing. "Liberal interpretation."

This car is parking in a free zone, as indicated by the white lines…except this is a pedestrian crossing. “Liberal interpretation.”

If there's no room in the street, just block a sidewalk. Pedestrians be damned!

If there’s no room in the street, just block a sidewalk. Pedestrians be damned!

7. I’d hate to be in a wheel chair in Rome. (See above)

8. Privacy is an American concept.

9. Dinner does not have to be a protein, a starch, and a vegetable. The American “square meal” is no longer a part of our lives.

Risotto all zucca

Pumpkin risotto – one dish meal, no meat, delicious local flavors.

10. Fresh flavors need little help. We have tossed out many of our spices.

11. Starbucks is NOT an Italian experience.

No  "Grande Americano" here: a single shot espresso gets us going in the morning. We have a few throughout the day.

No “Grande Americano” here: a single shot espresso gets us going in the morning. We have a few throughout the day. Pastries only on the weekends…or holidays…or vacation.

12. Being a repeat customer is heartily acknowledged. When was the last time your “regular” waiter greeted you with a kiss on the cheek?

Celebrating one year in Italy, here we are in Martina Franca.

Celebrating one year in Italy, here we are in Martina Franca, Puglia.

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18 Responses to “One year”

  1. Kim May 21, 2013 at 19:22 #

    Hard to believe it has been a year. You two have accomplished so much and what a lovely adventure it has been.

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  2. Anita HIlmoe May 21, 2013 at 06:53 #

    Happy one year to you both! Glad you are still lovin’ it.

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  3. Will McAllister May 20, 2013 at 16:12 #

    Congrats Laurel and Ric! Also Laurel, thanks for your observations summary – what a wonderful experience you’re enjoying!

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  4. Kym Amador May 20, 2013 at 16:07 #

    Oh, I am so happy to see your beautiful faces. It makes me smile every time I think of the two of you enjoying the life you have now. You both deserve so much!!! Thank you for continuing to share your adventures with us. I read all your great posts. Love you and miss you! Kym

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    • gooddayrome May 20, 2013 at 16:50 #

      Thank you Kym! We miss our friends in Portland and throughout North America, but we are still having “pinch me” moments here in Italy. Thank you for reading. More to come….

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  5. Ken May 20, 2013 at 06:10 #

    Laurel & Ric,

    CONGRATULATIONS on your one year anniversary in Bella Roma! It sounds like you’ve settled into your new lifestyle very well. It sure doesn’t seem like it’s been a year.

    I also had to make a change in my dining habits when visiting Italy. Having a meal with all the food groups can be an expensive proposition (and usually more than I can finish), so I tend to order something like you mentioned. Although it’s not the “lightest” on calories, one of my usual favourites is Pasta all Carbonara, along with Insalata Mista (that somewhat covers all the bases).

    Best of wishes for the next year!

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  6. Mary Henry May 20, 2013 at 05:12 #

    Laurel,
    So happy for you and Rick. You wear it well and sounds like you have adjusted to a great way of life. Let us know if you plan a visit to PO anytime soon, would love to have coffee and catch up . All is well here,

    Mary ” your faithful Manicurist “

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    • gooddayrome May 20, 2013 at 05:36 #

      Ciao Mary! Thanks for your comments! I would love to see you but that is about two years away. 🙂 Take care, say “hi” to the gang at Sugar and give Daisy a pat for me.

      *Laurel L. Barton* *Roma, Italia* http://www.GoodDayRome.com

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  7. Carolyn May 20, 2013 at 03:09 #

    I love each and every one of your musings. May you only add to them during the remaining time you will be there. Love ya, Carolyn

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    • gooddayrome May 20, 2013 at 04:05 #

      Thank you Carolyn! We love your zoo news, too! I muse (and am amused) every day in this marvelous land. We are so privileged to be here!

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  8. Sharon May 20, 2013 at 02:41 #

    Happy Italian Anniversary!

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  9. aregularcupofjo May 19, 2013 at 22:07 #

    Sounds like you are having a lovely time. I hope to travel and visit Italy in the future. It seems so beautiful and amazing 🙂

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