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Italian Lesson #13 Chi non risica, non rosica – Nothing ventured, nothing gained

Posted on August 17th, 2010 by Sandy Florez

Православни икониикониматраци“So, how was it?” It’s a simple question. Sometimes asked out of curiosity, sometimes just plain courtesy. But since my return, I’ve heard this question more times than I’ve eaten pasta in the past two months. After a lot of trial and error, I still don’t have an appropriate answer. But I will tell [...]

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 [...]

Italian Lesson #7 Il meglio deve ancora venire – The best is yet to come

Posted on June 14th, 2010 by Sandy Florez

I like to think there exists some magnetic force out there. Call it God, Mohammad, Oprah or Keith. Whatever it is, one thing is for sure – it’s listening. Last October I was exhausted. I was knee deep in research papers and I was beginning to think I was losing my soul to retail. But [...]

Italian Lesson #6 Felicità – Happiness

Posted on May 4th, 2010 by Sandy Florez

Today my boss asked when I would be leaving to Italy so she could she mark off my “vacation days” (under no circumstances should this be mistaken for as paid vacation). I replied nonchalantly – “Oh, next month.” And that ladies and gentleman, made my day. This simple realization is important for 2 reasons: 1. [...]

Italian Lesson #5 La vita è bella – Life is Beautiful

Posted on March 25th, 2010 by Sandy Florez

In my experience (short, as it may be), I’ve observed a trend in the way things tend to occur. It seems that the best things in life have a way of sneaking up on you on some regular Wednesday afternoon with little to no warning. About a month ago, my parents asked me and my [...]

Italian Lesson #4 Mamma Mia – My Goodness!

Posted on February 7th, 2010 by Sandy Florez

Ciao amici! Now that 2010 is well under way, I have been keeping busy with the monotonous routine of school and work. The great thing about writing an extensive analysis of Jack London’s “The Mexican” is that in my moments of writer’s block I get to drift into thoughts about the summer that awaits me. [...]