Thursday, February 21, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
One such difference has been rather difficult for me to get used to: In Italy, bars are not the center of nightlife, full of drinking and dancing. Bars are what Americans would call a cafe - a place to get coffee or a light meal, sit, and enjoy people's company.
Italians take the term bar literally - a long counter where beverages and food are served. The coffee culture isn't a sit down and chat while sipping a venti iced frappuccino kind of scene; it's a let me slurp down a cappuccino while I have a fifteen minute break from class while standing at the counter.
I always do a double take when a teacher says, "take a break, go to a bar. be back in fifteen..."
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Lupa, the Italian word for prostitute, comes from "Lupo" or wolf. Prostitutes used to make a howling sound in order to signal their availability to interested clientele. They lurked in dark streets on the outskirts of town.
Current reference: Professor Lupin - the werewolf teacher in Harry Potter.
Monday, February 4, 2008
I live in the historical center of town with an Italian couple (Loredana and Bruno). The school that I attend, Lorenzo de'Medici, is located just inside the medieval walls of the historical center. Six other students (from Boston; Circleville, Ohio; Chicago; Albany; Sun Valley; Monterey, Mexico) are here for Spring semester and three students are the first set of students participating in LdM's "Three-Cities" program which starts in Tuscania.
My classes revolve around Italian arts and culture. I'm taking:
- Masterpieces of Italian Literature
- Beginning Italian
- Digital Photography
- Foods of Italy
- Tuscania Sketchbook
With less than a week in Italy under my belt, I've already had a completely different experience than my previous semester in Oxford. This blog will be a culture diary, chronicling my immersion into a new and wonderful place.
Photo: View from a park in the historical center ~ Tuscania.