Hello and welcome back to my blog!
I have an exciting post to share with you today: I asked a few questions about Italy to the lovely Nyssa, best know as TheCultureur!
Who is TheCultureur?
Here is how she describes herself: “WORLD TRAVELER. CULTURE VULTURE. FOOD ENTHUSIAST. FREELANCE JOURNALIST. CHAMPAGNE SNOB. SOCIAL MEDIA MAVEN. LSE GRADUATE. SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ADVOCATE. SERIAL EXPAT. ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT.” quote taken from the section “About Me” on her blog thecultureur.com.
Keep reading to find out what she has to say about Italian food, language and her travels around Italy!
1) Have you ever been in Italy? If so, where?
I love Italy! I first started my love affair with Italy a decade ago in 2003 right after high school, and since then, I’ve been multiple times and to multiple cities/regions. I’ve been to Rome, Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, Genoa, Naples, Brindisi, Milan, Pisa, and Positano (Amalfi Coast). I still feel like there’s a ton I haven’t seen — can’t wait for my next visit!
2) Can you tell a funny/memorable moment of your life regarding Italy/Italian language?
One of my most memorable moments in Italy was during my absolute first visit, right when I got out of Fiumicino Airport in Rome and witnessed my first Italian brawl. Two taxi drivers began to fight over who was in line first and who was going to take us. They resorted to the stereotypical hand gestures and insulting words came flooding out of their mouths. My friends and I exchanged glances, and the only logical reaction to the situation was laughter after a police officer came over to us and whispered, “Benvenuti in Italia!” It was the best introduction to the country!
3) What is your favourite Italian word and why?
I’d say the entire language — it’s so beautiful! But if I must choose, I’d say dolce far niente. I learned the phrase from the movie, Eat Pray Love and it has stuck with me since then! It’s an idea that I can relate to as an American as we rarely take time to enjoy the simple pleasures of life and have the tendency to feel guilty for engaging in the art of sweet idleness.
4) What is your favourite Italian food and why?
Oh, that’s a tough one! The simplicity of flavors is a sheer pleasure. One dish I could probably eat over and over again without getting sick of it is bruschetta. It’s an explosion of flavors! It’s also hard to go wrong with home-made ravioli, spaghetti alla carbonara, and pizza margherita.
Thank you Nyssa for answering my questions!
I hope you enjoyed this interview and stay tuned for next month’s blogger interview!
Also, be sure to check out @TheCultureur‘s blog to read about the latest news on travel, culture, food and much more!