Monday, July 2, 2018

Inizi

Nel 1956 dopo diversi anni di fidanzamento a distanza mia madre e mio padre finalmente convolarono a nozze, ma visto che papà si trovava già da circa 9 anni a Buenos Aires e mamma invece viveva a Genova si sposarono tramite procura, per il puro fatto che la famiglia di mamma era tutta a Genova e anche perché mia nonna ci teneva a vedere sua figlia in abito da sposa.  E così nel Aprile dell'anno 1956 si svolsero le nozze di Carmela Russo con Antonino Russo, con mio zio, fratello di mamma, Salvatore Russo che fece le veci per mio padre.  Oggigiorno tutto ciò sembra strano ma un tempo, durante i famosi anni del esodo d'immigranti questa era una pratica molto diffusa.  A volte quando guardo l'album di nozze dei miei penso che è come leggere un libro di storia.  L'Album è diviso in due, le foto delle nozze per procura del 1956 e le foto per le nozze di mamma e papà finalmente insieme a Buenos Aires nel Ottobre del 1958. 

Dopo il matrimonio per procura mia mamma dovette aspettare ancora due anni prima di raggiungere mio padre a Buenos Aires per questioni puramente burocratiche.  Una volta che tutto era in regola, visto e varie ed eventuali burocrazie finite, mamma poté partire nel 1958 e così finalmente abbracciare il suo amato marito, cioè mio papà.  Ebbero anche lì una bella festa di nozze con servizio fotografico annesso. E tanti piccoli e vari anecdote divertenti che mi raccontava mamma, uno di questi fu quando lei arrivò al porto di Buenos Aires, che non voleva assolutamente che il suo sposo vedesse l'abito da sposa che lei portava a braccetto, così appena sbarcò lo avvolse coperto da un lungo telo e lo tenne stretto a se.  

A mio padre non le sembrava vero di finalmente abbracciare e baciare la sua sposa dopo tanti anni di corrispondenza e di non vedersi più e mi raccontava che al porto la prise a se e non la lasciò mai più, mi disse  che era la donna più bella che scese dalla nave quel giorno.  Lei invece era contenta di finalmente stare con lui ma che aveva anche molta paura perché aveva lasciato tutta la sua famiglia e la sua terra imbarcandosi per un mondo nuovo in un paese dove non conosceva ne la gente ne le tradizioni e usanze ma spinta per l'amore per papà e incuriosita di cosa questa nuova vita aveva in serbo per lei e loro.....

....to be continued! 


Saturday, June 30, 2018

Si, Sono Tornata e Vi Scrivo in Italiano 🇮🇹

Ciao a tutti, si sono io, 80sblingirl, dopo un lungo periodo di silenzio per vari motivi personali e non, sono di nuovo qui a scrivere sul mio blog,  non vi chiedo se vi sono mancata visto che di follower ne ho solo uno🤣 Ma magari a lei sono mancata!  Comunque tornando alla ragione per cui sono stata assente, ho voluto prendermi un momento di pausa per riflettere il da farsi di questo mio piccolo blog, su cui ho scritto molto in passato e sono arrivata alla conclusione decisiva che non lo chiuderò ma farò dei cambiamenti, uno di cui sarà scrivere più spesso e non solo in Inglese ma anche in Italiano come sto facendo ora.  Credo che molti di voi magari sareste più interessato a leggere delle mie esperienze anche in Italiano, per tutti quelli potenziali lettori che non masticano l'Inglese.

Vi racconterò un po' della mia vita, che vi assicuro è stata tutt'altro che noiosa e viaggeremo indietro nel tempo, indietro fino alla mia infanzia e anche un po' prima...da qualche parte la mia storia doveva cominciare e non fu sicuramente subito appena nata😁😉

Ora vi saluto e to be continued.....

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

I'm confused ???

I have had this blog for a few years now, and I don't understand how I get hundreds of views and still no followers, I haven't posted in a while mainly because I have no followers, asking myself if it's worth the effort of keeping this blog going.

Could it be that maybe there's some glitch in the system and people can't subscribe?  Who knows?  

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Verona

As everyone knows, travelling is always an exciting experience, I don't think anyone ever gets tired of travelling, when we travel we learn so much, we learn about new surroundings, new traditions and the history of the locality we are visiting.

When I travel one of the most important things I look for are places to eat, and by that I don't mean those touristic menu restaurants which I avoid at all costs, I like to eat where the locals eat, try their specialties and traditional dishes even if it means spending a little more which is almost never the case because if you go prepared or even ask around you'll discover that finding good eateries won't be a hard task, locals are usually always willing to help out and tell visitors where to go to eat well!

Which brings me to the topic of this blog entry, yes, Verona, last September my husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary and much to our surprise our sons gave us a wonderful gift, a trip to Verona all expenses paid by them, they booked us in a 4 Star Best Western just a five minute walk from the Arena, I must say it was the best present ever!  Hubby and I had a great time, Hotel was great in every sense, I remember telling my husband, "for me just the hotel room itself is the vacation...haha" it had every comfort, well goes to show you how much we are not used to 4 Star Hotels, I mean 3 stars yes but 4 star is a whole different ball game, here in Italy at least.

Every night we'd go have dinner and then walk around the Arena, we were so awestruck by it, so beautiful all lit up at night, then we'd sit in the park just outside the Arena, it was so romantic, such a beautiful memory, I will never ever forget it, during the day we'd do sightseeing in the historical centre, there was so much to see, one of the must sees is Julliet's house, set in a romantic medieval building with Julliet's balcony looking onto the courtyard where all the tourists enjoy taking photos standing next to a statue of Julliet, legend has it that if you rub Julliet's left breast it will bring you good luck, so you see all these tourists rubbing her breast whilst taking a photo, it's actually quite an amusing sight to see, oh and by the way I too didn't miss out on the experience haha.

In the central Piazza, called Piazza delle Erbe, located just off the Arena you will find a very characteristic open air market, where they sell anything from t-shirts to souvenires to food stuff, ice cream and so on, around the piazza are many shops,  ice cream parlours and Cafès, there was one Cafè that really struck me, it was called Cafè Wallner, it was so refind and elegant, so relaxing and beautiful decor and they had such delishes pastries, it was like a step back in time to the old ice cream parlours of the fifties in the U.S.A.  I highly advise you to pay this Cafè a visit if you go to Verona.

Verona is definitely one place I will certainly enjoy seeing again, it's like Rome, Venice, or Florence, one of those cities you most certainly never tire seeing, and if you do go to Verona remember to make it a point to go see a concert in the Arena, an experience like no other, we went to see Il Volo in concert and it was an unforgettable experience that one can't explain in words, this ancient structure full of beauty and romance fills the air with It's' magic, a feeling you will only understand when you're there.
Arena di Verona

Monday, October 5, 2015

So What Have I been Up Too

Hi Everyone, I know, I know, it's been a while since my last entry, so much has happened since January, first of all my older son finished his first 3 years of University, so proud of him, Architecture is certainly not easy but he loves it and that's what's important, here in Italy when they complete the first 3 years of University it's their freshman diploma, now he will go on to get his specialization diploma, which means 2 more years so 5 years in all!!!

In the last 6 months we've also taken a few trips, 1 to Rome, hubby is Roman so we go at least twice a year to see family and friends, that was in May, we also had my niece's first holy Communion, it was just beautiful, foid, weather, venue everything just was so amazing, will post a photo of the Venue later!

In the end of July we wento Laigueglia, Liguria for some fun in the Sun and sea, that was another wonderful experience, never, ever get tired of the beaches here in Italy, we were there for 7 days and had perfect weather too, doesn't get better then that!!!  Not to mention the great seafood, yum!

We also took 2 other trips but I will speak to you about thise later, I'm runnung late, keep your eyes ooen for my photos later today, have a nice day and always remember to smile 😀

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Italian Carnival 2015

Now that the holiday season is behind us it's  time to pull ourselves together and face the new year, hoping it will bring us health, happiness, peace and prosperity, after all it's always, in my opinion, better to think positive.  Living in Italy I have learned that worrying about what will happen tomorrow is useless, it's always best to live day by day!  But today's post was not my intent to talk about positivity but to tell you about a festivity that in Italy goes way back to Midevil times, Il Carnevale or as we would say in English, Carnival!

The Italian Carnivale is celebrated starting from January 6th all the way to Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, almost every city or town have a traditional parade and traditional costumes, in the bigger cities like Torino, Milan, Venice and Viareggio the parades have really spectacular floats, they have nothing to envy with the Thanksgiving Day Parade or the Rose Bowl Parade in the States!!!  Seeing is believing!   Usually children go to the Parades dressed in a favourite costume, i.e. Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Minnie Mouse, Ninja Turtles, Batman and so on ....,  they also love to throw streamers and coloured confetti to each other and the fliats as they go by, it's actually quite exciting.   Even the schools usually have Carnival parties in class, until a few tears ago the children could go to the class Carnival parties dressed in their favourite costume, wether store bought or homemade but in recent years to avoid class distinction amongst the children the Board of Education decided to have the children make the costumes at school as a class project, this is common in many parts of the world these days.

Another great aspect of the Carnevale tradition are the traditional baked goods and sweet fritters, they vary in shape and name, each reagion has a different name or specialty, but I can assure you they are all super yummy!!  Below I will post some photos of the floats, costumes and goodies!!  Have a nice day and Buon Carnevale! 😀🎉🎊



Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hi there,  it's been a while since my last entry, in the last month much has happened, Christmas has come and gone and we are embarking on a new year hoping all goes well!!
As I mentioned much has happened in the past few weeks, one of the most exciting things that has happened is that I finally orginized a wonderful Luncheon for Canadians living in Italy, and what more perfect setting to hold such an event than in Rome!  Needless to mention it was a huge success and from the goings of it, it was the first of many more events like this one!  There were 23 of us, some came with their families others with a friend, they came from all over Italy, well me from Torino, a couple from Vicenza, a few from the Lazio region and also from Bari, one came all the way from Qatar to be present at our Luncheon!!!  I personally thought it would be a good idea to give a small part of the fee as a Donation to the Sick Children's Hospital, Bambin Gesu' di Roma.  All in all everyone came away from this event happy and satisfied to have finally met in person their fellow Canadians who like them live in Italy and have got to know through the Facebook page Canadians in Italy.  I have made a video collage of our Canadians in Italy Luncheon and I hope you will enjoy it!