Friday, January 16

50 Things We've Learned in Italy....

After one crazy year in Italy - my how things have changed! We can decidedly say we feel at home.  2008 has flown by with a new adventure everyday - it is hard to believe that 13 short months ago we were sitting in the Consulate General's office in NYC begging for our visa's.

We never could have done this on our own & the lis is long for those we owe thanks!  It is surreal that we live in this country, live on our beautiful land and get to live our dream...see we're sounding like Italians already!

Here are 50 Thing’s we’ve learned, little observations & funny tidbits (in no particular order)

  1. Ashley learned to drive stick 
  2. According to the Italians - Ashley looks Italian, Jason looks German
  3. Italians are very superstitious
  4. Caribineri jokes in Italy are like blonde jokes in America
  5. Finally how to curse properly!!
  6. Wet wood doesn’t burn
  7. How to be a neighbor
  8. Soccer is life
  9. Pancetta & porchetta are the best things on earth

  10. Swimming pools are a gigantic pain in the ass
  11. Water is not to be taken for granted
  12. Problems with the house only occur when there are guests here
  13. Stone houses are very cold in the winter, but perfect for the summer
  14. It takes 3 days to properly mow the lawn!
  15. Spare parts for ANYTHING take 2 weeks
  16. Time is flexible...
  17. Telecom italia are bastards!
  18. Don’t drive through the center of Urbino or you will surely get a ticket
  19. Latte crudo is the best milk ever

  20. How to drive like an Italian - using both lanes & passing like crazy
  21. How to cope without college football & the NFL
  22. Cook in a forno legna - wood burning oven
  23. Mid-day naps are great!
  24. The weather report is never right
  25. The obvious ... tons of recipes
  26. Running an agriturismo is a lot of work
  27. People actually read our blog
  28. Italian tv is hysterical and full of collagen & botox
  29. Awaking to the sounds of gun shots from hunters is now normal
  30. Italians love festivals! And they do it right!

  31. Italian coffee is the best on earth
  32. Getting your oil changed for the car is ridiculously expensive
  33. Red wine is a remedy for many ailments
  34. Everyone knows about gardening, plants & wild edibles
  35. Energy in all forms is crazy expensive
  36. On any given day, any given town may be closed to honor a saint
  37. Posted business hours are just a suggestion
  38. How to make sausages from scratch
  39. Italians have not forgotten about WWII
  40. Just because it is a nice restaurant don’t be surprised if the bathroom consists of just a hole in the floor

  41. Being wet or having a fever can kill you
  42. Everything has its own season - from the fruits & veg to the bugs & birds

  43. I love living here
  44. There is a proper outfit for everything - motorcycling, biking, hiking, shopping, soccer games, hunting & yard work
  45. They report on the pope’s health everyday in the paper
  46. Prices are negotiable
  47. Always have coffee & something sweet for unexpected drop-ins 
  48. State-run health care is great!
  49. There must have been a town meeting upon our arrival - everyone seems to know who we are before we meet them “ohhh the americans”
  50. We will never move back to the States

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