Classes began on Tuesday and I am exhausted! The Italian teaching method is quite different than any other I’ve experienced. There is a lot more physical contact; shoulder grabs, head pats, and prodding. Along with that, there were a few other things I’ve had to adjust to.
- Non-Italians will want to take photos with you. Immigrants, expats, and visitors to Italy from the Middle East and Africa are not shy and usually speak some English. Just pose, getting a photo with an American seems to be very exciting.
- Some of the stereotypes are true. Italians are LOUD.
- Deodorant here does not deodorize. Good luck smelling nice.
- If you intend to live in Italy beyond three months, you will need much more than just a visa. You will need to apply for a codice fiscale and a permesso di soggiorno. These are a social security number and residence permit respectively.
- Christmas lasts forever in Italy!! On January 5th, Day of Epiphany, Italians celebrate Befana. Befana is a character very similar to the American idea of Santa. Her day is celebrated with roasted chestnuts and a nativity parade.
Because I’m tired, here are some pretty pictures! Talk to you next week!