Blog archives for May, 2018

Archive for May, 2018

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Il Buono, il Brutto e il Cattivo)

Monday, May 28th, 2018

Like the title of the spaghetti western by Sergio Leone that made Clint Eastwood a star, there are all of these things in Italy. While the adjectives are in a different order in the Italian title for some reason we’ll go with the English version. So I just selected some random photographs to illustrate the […]

Swearing in Italian

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

As I learn more and more Italian, especially through reading Italian mysteries, I’m learning a lot of ways of swearing. Some are mild, as in English and others not so much. Take something that by now seems pretty mild in English, the word “damn”. In italian that would be “porca miseria”. There are others similar […]

Now THAT’s a cemetery!

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Cemeteries are different in Italy in a number of ways. Certainly they are more dense, usually because they are older and also because they are smaller. Same number of people, smaller area of land = density. They also are often quite beautiful. There is a class of cemeteries called “cimiteri monumentali” monumental cemeteries. Often full […]

So where is the friggin asparagus?

Friday, May 4th, 2018

I talked to Claudia, a former Italian teacher and still friend, after I got here. She had become increasingly dissatisfied with teaching for various reasons and has recently changed jobs. At the time she was very busy and said that may we could get together in a couple of weeks. She contacted me on about […]