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Torno in Italia

Posted in Italy, Missing Italy, travels, vacation in Italy with tags , on July 26, 2009 by Robin Eller

I haven’t written my monthly post and July is over almost over. Mamma Mia! These days, it seems very difficult  to do everything that I would like to do. Non riesco a fare tutto pero’ provo da fare il meglio. I think my friend New York/Caribbean Ragazza would be proud of me for continuing to write no matter when I write on my blog.  I sure wish I was as remotely close to a good writer as she is; but it’s not my profession. I can’t wait to see her  Italia.  She’s been in Rome now more than a year and has made major progress in my opinion. It hasn’t always been easy but she’s living in Bella Italia. Come la invidio!!

Speaking of Italia: It’s that time of year again!! I’m gearing up for my trip to Italy. I have been so busy that I haven’t had a moment to think about my trip until now. Okay, where did the summer go?? I used to laugh when women older that were older than me would say My how time flies.” Sono d’accordo, come va il tempo!

Good Book…

Posted in books, travels, vacation in Italy on April 12, 2008 by Robin Eller

I’m getting such a kick out of the book my girlfriend gave me. Whenever one of the ladies came back from Italy, they would bring back an Italian novel for me to read to challenge myself. I would be so excited!! The ladies considered me the more experienced “Italian speaker” in our group of four women. Our group is empty now with the move of one of our members to the beloved country that brought us together as friends.

The friend that gave me this book just moved to Rome. Beata lei!! (lucky her!) She always inspired me with her writing skills and continues to inspire me just by who she is. In fact, she’s the reason I “blog on and off. ” She’s the reason I “blogged” on again because this is another way of getting an update on her adventures in Roma. Regarding writing a blog: I’m an intelligent person. People writing a blog is a great idea for people to catch up on other’s news and a way to discover other people’s interests. I get the “idea” of writing a blog however, I’m not sure if there are any rules. I ask myself? What do I have to write about?? Of course I’m probably investing too much in the thinking part and not enough in just writing. I still haven’t made it a “way of life” for me yet since I’m don’t consider myself a writer. Again, I am inspired by my friend to at least give it a go once more.

This book “No Sex In The City” will be the first I I have completed in Italian and with total comprehension. I definitely need to enjoy the writing style of the author even more in another language to keep my interest. I made an attempt at reading an Italian best seller called “Va’ Dove Ti Porta Il Tuo Cuore” by Susanna Tamaro. My Italian sister told me I could handle it. Clearly I overestimated myself. At the time I had yet to learn the subjunctive verb tense in Italian. Otherwise known as “il congiuntivo.” It was tough without the comprehension and I lost interest. As time went on I learned the verb tense and once I finish this book, I’ll go back and revisit that book. I do remember the story being sad, so one has to be in a good place to indulge the time into a sad story. I know I do because I like to get lost in the book. I remember my friend’s comment after her watching the film “La Vie En Rose..” She said, “I watched that movie and it could make someone want to jump out of a window…” I thought this comment was so funny!! Okay, maybe I have a sick sense of humor. The film wasn’t funny but I remember laughing really hard before I inserted the DVD into the player.

I don’t have to be good mood when I pick it up up this book. It’s quite entertaining especially because my knowledge of the Italian culture. I just wish I wasn’t so busy these days because I want to finish it. After all, I started it back in November on my trip to Italy. Funny, I am revisiting the book and writing again a blog. Thanks caribbean/ragazza!! I am enjoying reading ” No Sex In The City” the story of an Italian man experiencing romance in the Big Apple. The book is not the male version of the HBO TV series “Sex In The City.” In fact, I never read the book by Candace Bushnell. However, I do have a group of friends who are planning our outing for the movie coming out in May. This book is about an Italian man’s perspective on relationships with American women as well as his daily life experiences while living in NY.

I remember reading this book on the train going from Milano to Roma. I was sitting across from this handsome Italian man and we were the only two people in our “posto” He wore his sunglasses for the entire trip so I never got to really see his eyes. I can tell a lot about a person by their eyes. However the features that were exposed I have to admit…. were gorgeous. On the train, there seemed to be a period where I kept laughing out loud at some provocative moments in the book. I could feel the man looking at me each time I laughed and I just couldn’t help laughing out loud….not too loud… but these excerpts where hysterical. In my mind I had this wonderful inside joke and he wanted to know. Well if he really wanted to know, then he would have to ask me. He had his secret behind the glasses and I had mine with my book. Of course he might’ve thought other things about a woman on the train reading a book in Italy of all places and it’s entitled “No Sex In The City.” There were moments when I felt compelled to ask him, “do you use these lines on Italian women? Or have you ever tried this..??” Naturally I would be quoting something from the book. Probably not the best talk to have in Italian with a complete stranger. But then again it could’ve made an interesting train ride.

Milano memories

Posted in travels, vacation in Italy on April 12, 2008 by Robin Eller


Last year has come and gone and where was I??? What does one do when they haven’t written a blog in 6 months. Can anyone really remember every detail in the past six months of their life?? There are parts of last year that I would just assume forget. But I’ll stick with the positive.
I had that trip to Italy and a beautiful memory since my last posting. Che fantastico fosse il mio viaggio!! A week in Milano….a little business and then fun. Hung out with some fellow ASW members. What a nice group of people. I didn’t know what to expect after posting a thread for information; however everyone was incredibly helpful. But then again, they’re Italian so I shouldn’t be too surprised. Considering it was November in Milano, the weather stayed fairly nice. It was cold but not unbearable and I was prepared for unbearable. There were quite a few warm days and I just told everyone that I brought the sun with me from California. One day, I took the train to Torino. It was the first time for me to be in Torino. I promised my friends that when I was in Rome, we would see each other. I like to keep my promises. I couldn’t have been happier to see my dear friends Dario and his fiance Tatiana. For the past 4 years we have grown accustomed to seeing each other in Filicudi …this place is one of the most beautiful islands just two hours away from Palermo in Sicilia. We all tried to incorporate so much in one night. Funny!! Some other friends passed by: Roberto (Tatiana’s brother) and his girlfriend Cristina who made her way to living in Torino from Spain. She speaks Italian with a Spanish accent and she told me I speak Italian with a Florence accent. Well that ought to make my Italian teacher happy since he’s from the Florence area. LOL!!Guess I adapt the accent that the Italian person that I happen to be around. God, I don’t think I can adapt a Sicilian accent. Besides my friend wouldn’t forgive me.
I digress….Torino is a quaint town. I haven’t seen such colorful leaves on the trees since I was a child growing up in Newport, Rhode Island. I could see every color on each leaf of the tree. (See photo) Che bello!! In some respects Torino appears large but on the other hand it appears everyone knows everyone else. For example. After my friend Dario came to pick me up from the train station, we passed by the building where he works and he waved to a man walking down the street. It turns out to be his boss. He joked about not wanting to go to work the next day because I was visiting but now he would have to since his boss saw him. His plot of calling sick was temporarily ruined. Tatiana (D’s fiance) arrived shortly at their home. We had probably been at the house 15 minutes. She came in and said, “Dario your boss called me and told me you were in the car with a woman with curly hair! And she looks at me and says “Ciao Bella Amica!!!” Well clearly news travels fast in this town. D & T took me on a tour of the city and then we picked up their beautiful daughter Greta from school. I have never met a little girl who looked like a star before. This little girl looks like a star from the 40’s. Her features are absolutely beautiful. At Greta’s school, I felt like the jolly green giant because the nuns were barely as tall as the 5 year olds. This was the first year Greta wasn’t shy to talk to me. I was so happy. I’m sure she was more comfortable in “her territory” and she was very happy to let me have her bed to sleep in for the night. We ordered Chinese food in Torino for dinner. I have to say it is still strange for me to be in Italy and see Chinese people speaking Italian. The food was good!! Different from the Chinese food I know but still very good. After dropping Greta off at school the next morning, we went to the Film & Television museum. It’s a fairly new museum and D & T were very interested in seeing the museum. We regressed to children in the museum and has the best time together. I’m happy for the fact that our friendship maintains a closeness no matter how much time has passed by and the distance that separates us.
It’s always hard to say goodbye to my dear friends but I promised to go back and visit again as long as Greta was a willing participant in allowing me to be a guest in her room. I still had a few people left to spend time with Milano. I won’t get to everyone this trip; unfortunately.
My last night in Milano, I went to an opening of an art gallery with my friend Paolo. The gallery owner is an ex-soccer player from France. It was a very “red carpet” event. There were a lot of important people, all of the art gallery owners support each other. In fact I bumped into a gallery owner that I had met in Rome two years ago. We discovered at that time that he knew my friend Paolo. It’s a small world. After the gallery gala there was a reception held at the Four Season Hotel and Mamma Mia…. what a spread of food they had. I ate slowly and had just a teaspoon of as much as I could. Along with good food, the conversation at my table was great. I am proud that I impressed everyone with my Italian; especially the very upscale Milan women. When I shared that my next destination was Rome; some of the women at the table did confess to me that they really liked Rome. AH!!! It’s public knowledge now that Milan people secretly wish they could be in Rome where it’s much easier to get around; however the names of those who spoke are withheld to protect the innocent. I have some very fond memories of this trip to Milano. It appears that my circle of friends in Milano has now grown so perhaps I will frequent there a bit more in the future. Next stop Roma!!