Nights in my house are accompanied with comments such as “well, you’ll just have to learn” and “it’s really not that hard”. Ah, the classic eye-roll accompanied by a tut and a sighed out, “Americans…”. It’s the one I get any time I throw out meat that’s been in the fridge for days, or when I complain about it being over 38 degrees (celsius) with no air me roped in with the other 318.9 million Americans in the world. Jokes, sarcasm, and wit— things infamous for being untranslatable— are usually off the table. Awkward chuckles are shared after the joke is explained. I’m no small-town girl out of her element in a fashionable city.
I can’t be bothered to spend more than 30 minutes cooking. But, thanks to my fiancé’s Italian upbringing, I get judgemental glares whenever dinner time rolls around and I’ve put nothing on the table. Throwing out week-and-a-half-old milk doesn’t make me a typical American— whatever that is. If your expat relationship is anything like mine, you might not be able to communicate with your future in-laws in your own language.
Italy, in my humble opinion, is one of the most glorious countries in the world. The winding streets and hidden underground wonders of Naples. The iconic rolling hills and olive groves of Tuscany. well, the endless echo of I ignorantly exclaimed to the world (or at least whispered to myself).
The snobbish stares of my fellow tube passengers somehow seemed preferable to...
My introduction to Italian chat-up lines began even before I had left the UK.
In preparation for my move to research Italian cinema, I scoured adverts for a room to rent.
Don't let misguided tourist experiences fool you, Italy is pretty fabulous for more than just its spectacular scenery.
As a blonde 20-something British woman studying in Rome, I have had the - somewhat dubious - pleasure of first-hand experience.
If an Italian romance is in your future, here’s 6 things about your soon-to-be Italian husband that will annoy the heck out of you.. Case in point: we get the “right” laundry detergent shipped to our house monthly from his mom in Italy, because his mom didn’t like the one I used. If I want to wear a dress to the park, I get “the look”. Whitney Mc Kinnon is a freelance travel writer, Instagrammer, and sarcasm enthusiast.
Having just gotten engaged to my Italian boyfriend of 3 years, I should know. Mamma would have made it perfectly, right after having scrubbed the bathroom. Everyone has a collective cringe, and you learn the hard way that comedy doesn’t translate. And yet, my fiancé has plenty of opinions about the clothes I choose. Despite being from a major fashion capital myself, I found that I had a lot to learn about the way Italians dress in order to avoid glaring looks from my fiancé— or worse, from his family and friends. Check out Spotahome’s selection of apartments and rooms available in Italy (Rome and Milan), Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Granada and Seville), Belgium (Brussels), France (Paris and Lyon), Turkey (Istanbul), UAE (Dubai), UK (London) and Ireland (Dublin)!
Five of these include: 1) Food, Glorious Food No one cooks quite like the fine folk of Italy and chances are your Italian beau (or gal) will know a thing or two about what is supposed to go down in the kitchen (unlike, for hypothetical instance, his Australian lady counterpart who considers unburnt toast to be a great culinary achievement).
As Huffington Post US asserted earlier in the year, "clearly, Italians are just better at life than the rest of us".
As shameful as it is to admit and at the risk of sounding completely conceited, I was ready to return to dreary, mean London.
Still, after my first one-week Italian adventure, I'd had enough.
Mama's Boys - Italian men are extremely family oriented. They are definitely mama's boys and most of them still live at home! So, if you are interested in an Italian man, do not talk ill of his mom.
Do impress the old lady, if it is within your capabilities, but these ladies will be hard to please with very high expectations for the women their sons choose.
So, if you are getting ready for a date with a hot blooded Sicilian, then here are some general tips on what Italian men are like.
True that stereotyping is not practical, but it is often useful in understanding one culture from another and hence will help you understand your Italian man better.