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Ah yes, days of misspent youth!

The irony now is, when guys overhear me speaking in English (on the phone or maybe with a friend) they make all sorts of comments assuming that I don't understand a word! It's all harmless fun, though!

posted by NewYorker_in_Sicily on December 7, 2005 at 1:52 AM | link to this | reply

That would be embarrassing and I guess you learned a lesson that day
....never to assume that people can't understand what you are saying but you were young and innocent then ;-)

posted by Azur on December 7, 2005 at 1:47 AM | link to this | reply

Savour every moment of it
while you can....Florence is breathtakingly beautiful! If you are a meat eater, you have to have a Fiorentina!

posted by NewYorker_in_Sicily on December 7, 2005 at 1:38 AM | link to this | reply

Hey New Yorker!

Oh wow.  I can imagine how you must have felt!!  Luckily we always bag our grociers at WinCo so we were used to it....  stands us in good stead at STANDA grocery...

The weather isn't bad but I caught a cold.  No biggie, it's still good to be here! Thanks for dropping by my blog.

posted by curator on December 7, 2005 at 1:35 AM | link to this | reply

I can give you a taste

of it from something I wrote in my graduate thesis called "Caught In The Cultural Crossfire": when I'm in Italy people tend to say to me - you're from Brooklyn, the Italian American neighborhood? Try telling these people that Brooklyn alone has 2.5 million people - and they are NOT all Italian American!

When I come back to the US and tell some people where I live they say "Oh really? Aren't you afraid of the Mafia"? What rational answer are you going to give your average redneck?

posted by NewYorker_in_Sicily on December 5, 2005 at 6:01 AM | link to this | reply

New Yorker

A comment about  something you said in your profile: 

". . .my next mission in life – to teach Italian-American history, literature and culture to university students in Palermo. I need to set the record straight about many things, as there are still many misconceptions about Italian-Americans in Italy ,. . . and with my little crusade I hope to shed some light on what Italian-Americanism really is - with all the positive and negative aspects – and break down the barriers of some die-hard stereotyping."

Write your lessons/lectures and share them with us.  Good practice for you toward your goal and VERY interesting for us, your readers.  .

posted by Tiel on December 3, 2005 at 3:13 PM | link to this | reply

New Yorker...
Wow! Thank so much for the pics..  I'll be looking forward to more!

posted by RckyMtnActivist on December 2, 2005 at 2:20 PM | link to this | reply

RckyMtnActivist

I'll add some to the sidebar...though I'm actually preparing a Photobucket album. Will be ready ASAP

 

posted by NewYorker_in_Sicily on December 1, 2005 at 7:39 PM | link to this | reply

@Darkride and Bud-oracle
Really, I'd always considered it a form of customer appreciation - you know, as a courtesy for shopping in my shop. At least I can't complain about home delivery - pay an extra Euro and they deliver promptly. Same goes for the bakery, the butcher and the dry cleaner.

posted by NewYorker_in_Sicily on December 1, 2005 at 7:37 PM | link to this | reply

Well I guess the old saying still holds true, "When in Rome do as the Romans do"   f

posted by Bud-Oracle on November 30, 2005 at 7:11 PM | link to this | reply

Hi New Yorker...

I enjoy reading your postings.  Since my family is from Palermo I would love to see some pictures of the city in your posting.

posted by RckyMtnActivist on November 30, 2005 at 5:49 PM | link to this | reply

It's like that..
throughout Europe. It was a little hard for me to get used to when I lived in England, but it eventually becomes normal. Now that I am in the states, I end up doing it here. The cashier and bagger look completely confused when I do it too.

posted by Darkride on November 30, 2005 at 4:43 PM | link to this | reply

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