Things are different here

31 Mar
After almost two years here, we have different patterns and habits, routines we have adopted that have become second nature. I had pause to think about some of them recently and thought I would share with you some things we do in Italy that we did not/could not/would not do in the U.S.
  1. Eat pizza with a knife and fork
    Very fresh Mozzarella di Bufala is key!

    Very fresh Mozzarella di Bufala is key!

  2. Spend an hour-and-a-half each day commuting to & from work…on foot
  3. Walk to dinner — an hour from home — just because it’s a beautiful night
  4. Take a taxi home from dinner
  5. Car-Sharing!
  6. Kiss my boss when arriving at his home for a party (il bacetto, “the little kiss”)
  7. Say “Ciao bello/Ciao bella” to, well, almost everyone
  8. Give our building super/doorman/manager a tip for Easter, Christmas and Ferragosto. Oh that’s right; we didn’t have a portiere in Portland!
  9. Have dinner with a dog (he was next to us in the restaurant, and very well-behaved)
  10. Decide to walk instead of waiting for the bus because the transit tracker app says the bus is still 25 minutes away and it only takes 20 minutes to walk home.
  11. Shrug my shoulders when the bus that was 25 minutes away passes me 5 minutes later. Whaddya gonna do?
  12. Janie trots out the door under a watchful eye....

    Janie trots out the door under a watchful eye….

    Let our cats play in the elevator lobby and call it “enrichment”
  13. Worry when the crazy unfortunate man next door stops yelling…then find myself relieved when he starts yelling again because it means he’s OK.
  14. Get our groceries delivered: Best thing ever. (Remember Way ahead of its time!) Here it’s a guy with a tiny truck or un motorino delivering the stuff we bought at the store an hour ago. Essential when you drink wine buy heavy bottles of beverages and do not have a car.
  15. Keep a restaurant list online because I so often am asked “Where should we eat in Rome?”
  16. Be kissed by waiters (il bacetto) at favorite restaurants
  17. See Ric kissed by & kiss friends, waiters, co-workers – yes by men too
  18. Worry someone will see me without make-up and think I am una brutta figura on Saturday morning
  19. Do something because it makes me una bella figura
  20. New Year's Eve Vespers with Papa F! We were right on the aisle. Ric snapped this pic with his phone.

    New Year’s Eve Vespers with Papa F! We were right on the aisle. Ric snapped this pic with his phone.

    Only buy fish on Tuesday and Friday because that’s when it’s fresh
  21. Plan meals around what is actually fresh in the market and local, not what I feel like eating that was shipped in from another continent
  22. Go to mass and see the Pope!

  23. Write a blog

10 Responses to “Things are different here”

  1. Christine April 5, 2014 at 15:18 #

    Thanks so much for this post. I loved it! Except it made me quite envious!


  2. Will McAllister April 1, 2014 at 17:29 #

    Really fun … thanks! Laurel, You have a really fun writing style. Hang on to these posts – I think you have a book in your future!

    Different topic … do Italians “celebrate” April Fool’s Day?


  3. R.H. April 1, 2014 at 00:26 #

    What a beautiful post! Thank you for your wonderful observations. (And, I am ready to start studying Italian :))


    • gooddayrome April 1, 2014 at 03:45 #

      Ciao Rachel! You should. No doubt the kids need to learn it too. Is Leila still learning Mandarin and French? Miss you guys!


  4. Loretta Sharp March 31, 2014 at 20:55 #

    That is funny.


    • gooddayrome April 1, 2014 at 03:40 #

      Thank you Loretta! I try to see the humor where I can.


  5. Nigel March 31, 2014 at 20:27 #

    Ciao bella!!! Grazie mille for such a fab list. Makes me think too. Good pic of Papa Francesco!! Carol just said how much she enjoys hearing/reading your blog.

    I miss the stories of the cats. I’m glad to see them back if only to speak about elevator lobby.

    And I feel your bus passing pain.



    • gooddayrome April 1, 2014 at 03:42 #

      Caro Nigel, How nice to hear from you! I wish the cats offered more fodder for my blog. They are quite old and lazy! Janie escaped again last fall and spent the night in a neighbor’s garage. thank God for a caring neighbor! When are we going to see you two again?


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