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7 Italian Habits I will import to Spain

“This kind of piada is different”, said Isabel about piadina di Montefeltro, “do you think it will be better for a real piadina? The other one seems better for kebab”. At that moment I yelled: “Don’t say that again. Don’t use piadina as a kebab bread, for God’s sake!”. And then I realized that maybe, after these months I have assumed some Italian manners.

I know Italians would never accept me as a real one of them, but in any case I will take with me a few new habits from Italian way of life. Here are the most important ones:

  1. Obsession about cooking any kind of meal properly well. It doesn’t matter if it’s only spaghetti al pomodoro. You have to cook them correctly and, obviously, the pasta has to be “al dente”. I had to admit I has always hated pasta overcooked, so it wasn’t difficult to cook pasta to Italian friends. What I didn’t know was that they care so much about which kind of pasta goes with each sauce and now, after eating soooo much pasta during those months I realized why: it’s all about the “al dente”. Even if, unfortunately, I didn’t understand yet which pasta is ok with each “sugo”, I won’t ever never put again cream in the carbonara. I promise!

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  1. I will die because of the salt in my meals. Since I arrived I’ve taken the salty obsession from Italian way of cooking. But I don’t care. I love it as I love, not my boyfriend, but as I love pizza or focaccia (with thick salt!). So, more than him.

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  1. Gesticulate. Even more. As a Mediterranean Spanish I’m pretty used to move my hands in a way to complete my speeches, but as a expressively person, I will import a lot of gestures. So, Spanish friends, prepare to hear the “bo” with the shoulders movement when I will came back!

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  1. Coffee. Always. And gelato (but that’s not new, traditional ice cream made me crazy before coming). Since I arrived I have increased so much my coffee levels per day but I’m still not getting used to the “expresso”, I need a longer coffee. But, please, don’t say I deserve go to hell, I would never order an Americano, I have learnt the lesson: that tastes as a bad tea.

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  1. Being super careful when I’m crossing the street, especially when there’s a crosswalk. I’m convinced that you have heard about Italian driving way, so… Do I really have to explain the reason?

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  1. Speaking Italian “lamentandomi”, which means as a pesarese, so, in a complaining tone. I know that for them I’m still sounding as a fake, but I will keep working on my accent.

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  1. Missing aperitivo so much. I know it’s pretty similar to “irse de cañas” in Spain, but it would never be the same. There is no “aperi-cena”in our bars but, at least, our beer is cheaper (I’m pretty sure you will remember this at the moment you will have to decide where to do on holidays!).

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As you have already probably noticed,  most of the points in this article are about food and it’s on purpose.  The first reason is that Italians are always talking about food, receipts and new bars/restaurants (even more than Spanish, which is kind of difficult). Actually I really think it’s their favorite topic. The other ones are where to go on holidays, football and beautiful girls/handsome boys, relationships or loving problems, as you prefer to define them.

The other reason is more universal: humans like eating and it is a very important part of our culture and, so that, our identity. I have always believed that how we eat is a way to understand how we think as a community and how we socialize. At sum, meeting locals around the table is a good way to integrate you into a new culture and, as I see it, it makes easier feeling part of it.

So, if you are not Italian, I will beg you again to not use “piadina” as kebab bread if you can avoid it. Of course,I said it just in case you are not Italian, because I know that If you are you won’t. Or if you will, your family will disinherit you.

PS: In case you didn’t realize, I would like to make you notice that this post has been written in a humoristic way. So whether you have felt offended, I ask your forgiveness.

Maria

 

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SVE, Che bello !

Questo articolò è per ringraziare tutte le persone chi mi hanno aiutato durante i sei mesi che ho passato qua! La “squadra di Vicolocorto”, Laura, Carolina, Daniele, e con una menzione particolare Virginia, nostra professoressa di italiano, che era quasi sempre con noi nelle nostre attività.

Una volta di più, consiglio a tutti di fare uno SVE a Vicolocorto. Ho imparato un’altra lingua, ho scoperto un’altra cultura, storia, ambiente, valore, cibo (non parlerò di pasta alla carbonara…) un nuovo paese!

Ho incontrato tante nuove persone! Altri SVE durante le formazione; le attività come “Il Ritrovo dei Viaggiatori”, la partecipazione al festival “Fiesta Global” o “ZOE” permettono anche di ricevere ospitalità in tutta l’Europa.

Adesso mi sento più sicuro per viaggiare di più ! Il mio nuovo progetto è di continuare a viaggiare e imparare l’inglese.

Terrò tantissimi bellissimi ricordi con me !

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Julien

A Guide for Pesaro

As volunteers living abroad for half a year in Italy, getting to know the language, customs and habits of this country (and, more specifically, the region of Pesaro) is important in order to blend in and live the best possible EVS experience. But not only this is important: Pesaro is also full of funny activities, nightlife, delicious restaurants, unforgettable landscapes, ancient history,… etc. So, after being here for a couple of months, and with a little more experience, we have decided to create a travel guide series about Pesaro. With this, we intend to give an idea of how is to live in this town, based in our experience so far. We will divide the guide in several sections that we will post weekly and each one of them will cover a different topic. Today, we are going to talk about Pesaro and other interesting places to visit while being here.

PESARO AND SURROUNDINGS

With this first section, we hope to help others to discover new places either in Pesaro itself or in its surroundings. Since we visited only a view places in this region, it would be impossible, given the size of this region, to point out every special place. Nevertheless, in this article, we’ll share our bests discoveries.

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Urbino

Considering the region of which Pesaro is one of the cities that makes the province, which is called Pesaro-Urbino, this should provoke some curiosity about the other city of this region, Urbino. Almost everyone living in Pesaro has been in Urbino at least ones, and this is not so strange. Urbino is a beautiful city in a medieval style and one of the main centres of the Italian Renaissance, hence nowadays we are allowed to call it a World Heritage Site.

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Montefabbri

Earlier this year, an article about Montefabbri, in which ‘la Fiesta Globàl’ took place, appeared on the blog. This little village, with only forty inhabitants and an amazing view on the mountains, leaves us with a magical feeling. We can call ourselves lucky we were allowed to participate in the festival which takes place every year and to experience the wonderful feeling it caused. It’s kind of a forgotten place, where one could relax and enjoy the lovely view.

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Belforte all’Isauro

Belforte is another small village in the province of Marche. It is located in the Upper Foglia Valley, and contains a little but charming castle dating back to the High Medieval period, now reconverted in a hostel. Definitely a must see!

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Tetto del Mondo (Parco Naturale del San Bartolo)

This is place literally means ‘The Roof Of The World’ and this name is given to this place for a reason. Standing here, you have a beautiful view of the region. Depending on the time (of the year), it is very nice place to have a little time for yourself or a pleasant time with friends and to watch the view (and maybe even the sunset).

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Gradara Castle

This town is famous for its massive castle, which is one of the best preserved in Italy. Each year there are events which take place in and around the castle, which causes a magical ambience. For an overview of the events, you can check www.gradara.org.

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These are a few of many beautiful places to explore while being in the region. As we said before, we have been here for two months so there are still a lot of places to discover. It may not be Milan, Rome or Venice, but Italy is full of history everywhere and of magical places to visit, hidden treasures that few people know and that really worth a visit.

Isabel and Demi