Today marks the day I left California 10 years ago, to make a new life in Italy.
I thought it might be a good chance for you to ask those burning questions you have all about Italy, so I’m doing an “Ask Me Anything: Italy Edition.” That’s when I open up the comments to all your questions and I answer them!
Your questions can be about discovering something new in Italy, what you should eat on your next trip, what gift to bring back to your grandmother, what social issue is most worrying today, what I see outside my window, what Italian regions are underrated, what gelato I ate yesterday, what’s my favorite Italian dish, etc.
Ask anything you like – short questions will be answered directly in the comments, and longer questions may be filed away for future posts. I shouldn’t have to say this, but please be respectful to me and to fellow commenters.
I’ll respond to all comments posted between 11am and 11pm CET – please check back to see when your comment’s been responded to!
Thanks to everyone who left their questions! It was fun :)
Continuing my anniversary celebration – it’s been years since I’ve done an Italian summer music roundup! Hat tip to Rose for the suggestion.If you don’t see all videos in this post, be sure to click through to the site to view them.
If you haven’t read my past roundups, one thing is certain is that there is always a song which is played sooooo much that you get sick of it. Since I spend a lot of time walking around, in the markets, in the train stations, at the beach, these common areas get filled with music and you start to hear the same songs. This is one of the great reminders that it’s summer (yay! warm! being outside!) but at the end of the summer, you are desperately looking for new music inspiration.
First I despaired that there wouldn’t be a clear summer jam this year in Italy (which is almost always Latin), and I thought instead it would be Pharrell, two times (also two of my favorite songs at the moment).
Daft Punk – Get Lucky ft. Pharrell Williams (not sure why no video online, it exists)
and Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell) by Robin Thicke
If you get my newsletter, you saw that I mentioned July is a big month for me.
A big reason why is it marks my 10th anniversary of arriving in Italy. And 10 years that I’ve had this blog.
If you look at my archives, though, you’ll see that they only go back to sometime in 2005, but in reality there are a few more years of posts which I wrote upon my departure to Italy. Back then, even though WordPress was only 2 months old at that time (Happy 10th to you, too!), and Blogger was a few years old and was gaining popularity, blogging wasn’t super popular, so I just hand-coded the HTML for my website, and simulated a blog. I put my latest post up top and broke my archive pages into months. The site lived first on a subdomain of sararosso.com, then blog.sararosso.com, and then I moved it here to Ms. Adventures in Italy.
At first it was just a way for me to stay in contact with my family and friends. There was no Facebook, no Twitter, no Instagram (all things I use now) and since I rarely had an internet connection, it was email or nothing. I would find an internet cafe and just say what happened that day instead of a mass email, and post a few photos if I could. Then I started getting more visitors as I started settling into life here and sharing some of the delicious things I was eating, beautiful things I was seeing, and observations about being in a different culture. Traffic grew, and I moved those earlier posts to private since they were a bit of out snyc with the rest of the site’s content.
I’ve talked a bit about how I don’t really enjoy some of the planning parts of travel – I don’t like price comparing flights, searching out deals, or spending tons of time on ratings websites. But one thing I do love doing is sussing out the place I’m going to stay and start to get a sense of the surrounding area even before I get there. That’s when I open up Google Maps and create a custom map for the trip. I have some Google Maps which have been around for years, and with each subsequent trip I add more landmarks, more suggestions, and often discover and chart out a new area in the city.
Here are some tips I have if you want to get started with it yourself – read on!