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Italian Lesson #12 Le piccole cose – The little things

Posted on July 21st, 2010 by Sandy Florez

Some afternoons, I sit on the steps of San Lorenzo, with a book in one hand and a gelato on the other. In front of me, a Great Dane quietly sits next to it’s owner, while some kids toss a soccer ball back and  forth to my right. I see one of my classmates from [...]

Italian Lesson #11 Apri gli occhi – Open your eyes

Posted on July 21st, 2010 by Sandy Florez

I don’t know what it is exactly, but being in Europe makes you feel unstoppable. It’s as if the millionaire dollar advertising campaigns run by the likes of Orbitz and Expedia aren’t enough to convince me that travel within America is all that accessible or well, appealing. Whereas here, I have found myself in-flight more [...]

Italian Lesson #10 Siamo campioni del mondo – We are champions of the world

Posted on July 13th, 2010 by Sandy Florez

Sunday night was fantastic. Despite Italy not making it to the World Cup finals, the Perugian excitement for Netherlands vs. Spain was in full force. Surprisingly though, the overall reaction to Spain winning didn’t seem to please most of my Italian friends. Something about having to “hear about it for the next 4 years.” Oh, [...]

Italian Lesson #9 Una cosa bellissima – A beautiful thing

Posted on July 11th, 2010 by Sandy Florez

Every summer, Perugia hosts a 10 day jazz festival called Umbria Jazz. Now, this shouldn’t be mistaken for as some ordinary, run-of-the-mill music festival. In fact, it’s safe to say that Umbria Jazz is actually quite extraordinary. As if I wasn’t lucky enough already, it just so happens that Umbria Jazz began Friday. I must [...]

Italian Lesson #8 Sono qui! – I’m here!

Posted on July 5th, 2010 by Sandy Florez

Where do I even begin? The mid-day strolls down Piazza Novembre? My love affair with a true Italian (first name cioccolato, last name gelato)? Or the fact that after a year of anticipation, in between rigorous (mostly awesome) Italian classes, I get to sit back on the steps of the cathedral of San Lorenzo, overlooking [...]