This is a view of a typical Torinese palazzo with one of the Italian flags that appeared all over the city (and I mean all over the city) to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Italian unification.
Monthly Archives: April 2012
In Italian class last winter, learning about the history of the people who emigrated from Italy and about the conditions of their lives before they left, I learned the word “bracciante.” I was surprised to come across this word and … Continue reading
It’s been raining almost all month here in Torino, as it usually does in April. I haven’t been taking many new photos. Here’s a shot I took a little while ago that reminds me of the sun streaming in my … Continue reading
I like learning idioms and figures of speech in Italian. They’re important to know in order to speak more naturally and native-like. Think about how different ‘I am going to bed’ sounds from casually announcing, ‘I’m gonna hit the hay.’ … Continue reading
Torino has eighteen kilometers (eleven miles) of covered walkways, twelve (seven and a half) of which are continuous and connected. Here are some shots I took under the porticoes.
Walking home together from a group picnic, an Italian friend of mine asked me if I ever wore earrings because he had noticed my unadorned pierced ears. I asked him the same question, seeing a mark on his left earlobe, … Continue reading
It’s hard to understand what Italians really think of me, but as far as fitting in in Italy I usually don’t feel as if I stick out like a sore thumb. I know a foreigner living in Italy won’t be … Continue reading
This morning I woke up early and with a friend went to the town of Lanzo Torinese, about forty minutes northwest of Torino, to shoot the dawn. Unfortunately we missed the dawn, and after the sun rose the sky was … Continue reading
I used to ask an old boyfriend when we could have an English conversation. We always spoke in Italian and he wasn’t really interested in speaking English with me. I prefer to speak in Italian anyway since I’m in Italy, … Continue reading
Italians have a word for “something to eat with bread.” It’s companatico. For example: Quando il pane è fresco si mangia da solo ed è buonissimo anche senza companatico. -When the bread is fresh you can eat it by itself … Continue reading