American Life, the Italian Way

A few days back my sister-from-another-mister, Rome girl Sophia, shared a lovely little article from the Huffington Post called 7 Things Americans Can Learn From Italians.

I must say, I’m not usually one to toot my own horn, but I was happy to see that to one extent or another the list is made up of the things that stand at the heart of this blog.  What we learned and experienced first hand in Italy snuck back to America with us thankfully … and although we have by no means kept up with them all fully and completely (realistically, who can fight back against the hustle and bustle of American culture?  Starbucks and work on the go are unfortunately ever present these days) they are still a part of our lives.

Here’s a little photo journey of the 7 things the author listed, and to accompany them I included Roman and American versions of each.

1. Eat slowly, locally, and with others.

IMG_8574
A lazy lunch in Piazza della Rotonda
IMG_8893
Taking a panino break while exploring Florence
IMG_4182
Rome Dinner 2013

2. Drink a little bit, but not too much.

IMG_8471
Cheers to Bethany’s engagement at Miscellanea
Screen shot 2013-12-31 at 4.09.52 PM
A Tiziano Christmas toast
IMG_3698
Stateside drinks during Junior Moms Weekend

3. You should indulge a little every now and then … perche no??

IMG_7576
The first of many gelato indulgences in Italy
380234_10150351132665528_524035527_8426528_1932057448_n
Never enough pizza at L’antica Pizzeria da Michele in Naples
IMG_0589
Dining Hall baklava … so sweet

4. Stop hurrying, start relaxing.

298758_10150451338770681_642545680_10835252_1088590558_n
Lazy lunch for the group while visiting the Sea
316443_10150431916614783_697999782_10399881_235285646_n
Always time for a little seaside romp
IMG_8201
Coffe, pastries, and people watching in Chicago

5. Having family nearby is the best thing ever.

**whether it’s by skype, or having friends who become family when you’re far from home

Trevi1
Much of the group, posing for a final Trevi fountain photo
Screen shot 2011-10-02 at 1.27.36 AM
Skyping with the family in Indiana while I was in Rome
IMG_7841
Golden Birthday celebrations with the family

6. Gather and spend time outdoors.

IMG_9302
Taking it all in, in sunny Italy
IMG_1358
Our own Sarah became a Piazza Navona street performer
IMG_1663
Roommates in gorgeous La Jolla
IMG_0122
The Belles at the Eiffel Tower
392716_10150534733340681_642545680_11121218_190906378_n
“Laughter is the sound of the soul dancing”
934806_10200660523968448_2103602181_n
Artsy Belles heading out into the world to share the love

The full article by Lisa_Miller can be found here.  I highly recommend doing to the Italian thing, sitting down with a caffe, and reading up for some tips on achieving la vita bella stateside.

Wishing a very Happy New Year to one and all!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s