September 23, 2011

Giving in to what I know - cup o' Joe?

I have learned so much about myself in the last two years of living abroad in Italy. I have learned that I love to eat fresh food, take walks, and ride my bike along the river. I have learned to be more patient about day to day activities & interactions with people. Soon, I will be writing an entry about some of the things that really bother (and quite frankly) upset me about living here, because the truth of the matter is : Everything is not easy and everything is not perfect. 

After moving into my new apartment with my boyfriend, I immediately felt more at home. I finally decided to stop trying to adapt in every single way to the way Italians live, because at the end of the day, I am American. I want to wake up in the morning and have my extra size cup of coffee, because I am tired of having 3 espresso's everyday to keep me going. I want to have personal products that I cannot buy here, so I load up on them when I go back to America. I want to have beautiful furnishings in my house that arent shabby, so I go and buy them. For so long, I have just tried to "settle' for lots of small things that I really don't like. 

After going to 7, yes 7 stores in the historic center of Florence, I found this 20 euro coffee maker outside the city at the "Mall" Gigli. Thank goodness. Finding the coffee & correct size filters is another story :)

It's more than a cup o' Joe, it's balance!

3 comments:

keyboard said...

it's funny that you have adapted in this way! garth and i have been doing the same. We make Louisiana coffee most mornings...it reminds me of home, wakes me up a bit more, and is just a nice 'rite' to keep doing! i have to bring american coffee and filters back from the US every time i go though! :) love,elia

Anonymous said...

The beauty of living abroad is being able to take the best from two cultures and mix them into one (almost) perfect way of living...
Birgitte

Ps: Having said that I can't believe you prefer that American coffee over the Italian one :-) In Denmark we also traditionally drink the American coffee, but I sooo prefer the thick espresso! (with milk I admit...)

Cathi said...

I would definitely have to bring a few of my American staples with me to Italy, but coffee would not be one of them as I love espresso and the fact that it's small. Glad you are able to blend everything that makes your life feel comfortable!

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