As I was saying in the conclusion of my last post, being in a foreign land where from the moment you step off the plane, everything from the road signs to ordering a simple coffee from a local barista is a guessing game to connect the communication gap! The differences in cultural habits are also a factor in reminding you how far away from home you are!
We all breathe. We all love. We all hope...but what makes us all feel alive is different! The challenge comes in accepting our differences and choosing to learn from each other! We don't have to be from different countries or ethnic groups to disagree on something simple...but the challenge is still the same! Realizing that my " preferences" are just that, and not a "required" way of living for everyone else in the world!
Even more admirable about this culture is they are willing to give time to ensure the quality of whatever it is they are doing or making! Something as simple as pizza dough is prepared 24 hours in advance to serving, because that is the required time it takes for the components of the dough to be at the proper consistency for a perfect pizza! They sit for hours over a meal just enjoying, not only the food, but the companionship of whoever is enjoying the food with them! They only thing they get in a hurry over is driving...and I haven't figured that out, so when I do, I'll be sure to write about it!
So as a short sum up...I've concluded "being content with the simple things", "less is sometimes more", and "things truly become sweeter with time" is what I need to work on before I can claim the "inner" Italian life and move to a Villa somewhere on top of a sun soaked hill of Tuscany!