from Chelsea (Little Cheech, Big World) from USA June 2016

The Italian way  I’m living in Arese is a cute little suburb outside of Milano in the Italian region of Lombardy. It’s very green and family oriented with everything you could ever need within walking distance. This is my new home until we move to Genova in June.

My family, is fantastic! It’s only been a few days, but I feel like I fit right in. They are welcoming, outgoing and have a really great sense of humor. They speak very good english, which makes up for my lack of Italian and just as you would image, cook the most amazing meals. Pasta, on pizza, on gelato. (good thing I enjoy running!)

Over the weekend, we went to visit, “Uncle” who lives in Salsomaggiore Terme, a town in northern Italy located in the province of Parma. It is a popular Spa town because the water is strongly saline. We of course took Sam, their adorable white golden retriever and the dog I’d die to have.

We spent the day feasting at a small, local Italian restaurant in the countryside drinking wine and eating plates of meats, cheeses, pasta, and tiramisu. After an indulging lunch, we hiked the countryside to a castle. We wandered around until we noticed someone walking outside and then sprinted down the hill to the car.

Next, we went to the main piazza, where we walked around the shops and finally found a nice grassy area to lounge. We headed back that evening to prepare for dinner by 8pm.

Italian families are very affectionate and charismatic. They crack jokes, do impersonations, and speak loudly. Family comes first, and then food. Their day largely revolves around when it’s time to eat as a family. They implement a lot of structure into their daily lives and keep to it.

This is something I greatly admire.


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