While it makes sense for me to give a bit of a back story as to how I got to be an American living in the beautiful Tuscan city of Lucca, I prefer my first post to just jump right into the here and now. I’ve been in Italy for two months now, and I have noticed some significant differences in the lifestyle here verses the United States. This observation is to be known as….
How I Know I Am Living In Italy Not the USA
- Every other day seems to be a holiday or festival of some kind
- Where you park your bike often brings conflict with your neighbor
- You tell time by the church bells instead of clocks
- When a woman buys a razor to shave her legs, it also comes with a bikini trimmer attached to it
- People look at you funny if you show up to eat dinner before 2030 hours (8:30pm)
- Gelato stands are open as late as bars
- It is normal to see babies and small children still out with family after 2300 hours (11pm)
- While you have a washer for clothes, do not expect a dryer (you will miss having a dryer so so much)
- It is not uncommon to see a majority of the population around you smoking including pregnant ladies
- Do not plan your shopping trips between the hours of 1300 and 1600 (1-4pm) – most businesses are closed for siesta
- Do not expect services like home renovations or internet installation during the month of August – all Italians take vacation during the month of August
- Box springs for your bed do not exist
- If you hear a loud explosion that sounds like continuous cannon fire, that is just a thunderstorm
It is a whole new world full of interesting every day occurrences and challenges. I think it might just be the most amazing adventure of my life yet.