Meet Giovanni. In 2014 while visiting Palermo, Claudio and I met some friends for a drink in this crazy piazza full of hipsters, artists, and everything in between. The night ran long with laugher and even though I struggled through maintaining my Italian, everyone was having a great time and enjoying the company. Giovanni shared … More Amici Series: Giovanni Napoli
Stereotype: to believe unfairly that all people or things with a particular characteristic are the same. – Merriam-Webster online dictionary, http://www.merriam-webster.com The word “stereotype” is often associated with the negative and unfavorable parts of a culture or demographic. In Texas, for instance, the stereotype that everyone here openly carries a gun and when you visit … More Ma, è VERO! But, it’s TRUE!
Interview by Author, Susie Clevenger First of all I would like to thank Carrie Clevenger and Claudio Cocino for taking the time to sit down and chat. There is buzz about a movement started by Carrie and Claudio called #perchenovacanza (Why not! Vacation!) The philosophy behind it is to live and love loudly. Today you … More Once More, from the Beginning: Claudio and Carrie on International Friendship
Every story has its genesis and I am not able to tell this one without highlighting a significant friendship in my adventure. In the winter of 2009 I was wrapping up my first four months working in administration for a ballet company. I had some interaction with dancers, but nothing really personal. There was this … More Alberto, the First
I think a lot of people go on vacation and behave in ways they may not otherwise when they are home. I mean, you’re far away from home and “god can’t see you”. And this is true for me when I’m in Italy….to a degree. I don’t go visit and lose my shit and become insane, … More Things I Do in Italy That I’d NEVER Do in the U.S.
“There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t met yet” – W.B. Yeats Everyone needs an Italian Mama and five years ago I met mine. My very first Italian holiday was in the summer of 2011. Months leading up to my departure, I began to study all things Italian, learning a few sentences here … More Finalmente, Mama Cira
There are people who enjoy life and then there are Italians. Now, I’m not saying they have the market cornered on happiness as Italy certainly has its share of political and economic issues. However, what the Italians do very well is live a life of pleasure and relaxation. And if you find yourself either living … More La Vita Bella: Lessons from the Italians