Coffee in Italy is a form of art; it’s something that brings people together and allows for a moment of repose. It’s a beautiful thing really, the way it connects people of all ages, lifestyles, incomes, and ethnicities. It’s a moment of absolute and unbinding pleasure that fills our palette with a smoothness only found through that first sip of coffee in the early morning.
Spanish cuisine is often considered among the best in the world, and it’s not hard to see why. A culturally diverse population, a long culinary history, and easy access to a variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, and seafood are all factors that contribute to Spain’s delectable Mediterranean gastronomy.
A little over a year and a half ago, I made the big move to Italy and officially became an expat. I had this image in my head of what it would be like; pasta every day (which is actually quite accurate), sweet Sunday afternoon walks with gelato in hand, and a slowness that could calm my inner, always hyped-up core.
The Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest in the world. It can be found in Greece, Southern Italy, and Spain. Although similar, each country has their own specialties. The diet is based on olive oil, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. Fish, cheese, yogurt, and wine are consumed in moderate quantities, while non-fish meat products are consumed only occasionally.
World traveler is not my title…yet. My husband and I began our international journey last August, but we hope to earn that title in the next few years. My husband’s career took us on this journey, and as a result I gave up my five-year sales career.
From kindergarten until 6th grade, I went to a Waldorf school (a way of teaching that originated in Germany). This meant that German and foreign language acquisition was an important part of our lessons and most students became more or less fluent in a short period of time.
The ground beneath my boots shook from the force of my imprint, welcoming my timid heart into the beauty of its being. Foreign lands filled with stories of artists who shaped the definition, architecture that withstood times of war and peace, and cuisine created for your taste buds to fall in love with.
1. The people are nicer and more welcoming.
Cities like Paris, Rome, and New York City have their charms, don’t get me wrong. But have you ever noticed how the locals generally aren’t the friendliest to tourists unless there’s money at stake?
When you move to a new place, it’s all about discovering your new home.
Whether it be the best dishes, the cutest little coffee shop, or finding out where all the locals hang; finding your place in your new home is essential.