Ciao a tutti e bentornati nel mio blog!
Oggi condivido con voi l’intervista del mese di dicembre fatta a Karla, anche nota coma TravellerSoul76 🙂
Ciao a tutti!
I’m Karla, a world traveler, ESL teacher, translator and photographer from Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
1) Have you ever been in Italy? If so, where?
I’ve been fortunate to have visited Italy on 2 different occasions. The first time was right after I graduated from the university and went on a tour of Europe.
I started my tour of Italy in Milan then moved on to the ever beautiful Venice. After that I went to stay with a friend in Bologna and visited Lucca and Rimini on the Adriatic coast.
I had to make my way back home, so I traveled to Florence and discovered this charming town perched on the Tuscan mountains called Fiesole. That was love at first sight. I fell in love, hard, madly, deeply!
I took the night train to the South of France on my way to Spain. So there were many stops along the coast of Liguria. I felt so sad leaving il bel paese but I promised myself I’d go back.
Fast forward one year, the opportunity of a lifetime knocked at my door and I simply could not refuse. I won a full tuition language scholarship! I arrived in Rome and spent a marvelous week discovering the eternal city and I also went on day trips to Napoli, Pompeii and Sorrento. Yes the adventurous side of me could not be stopped.
Then I traveled to my final destination, Castelraimondo which is a small town right in the middle of Le Marche! It was my home for an entire month!
Being a big city girl, it was a surprise at how fast I got used to everything so fast! I was I fluent by the 2nd week too.
What I loved the most was traveling every week to a different part of Italy. We went to local destinations & attractions: Civitanova Marche (the sea, I love the sea & went any time I could as it was only 1 hour way by train), Fabriano, Grotte di Frasassi, Ancona. We went to other cities like Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio and the inevitable: Venice & Florence.
I can only remember happy memories but I was very sad the last day I left. I have to go back as It has been too long! I’m way overdue 😦
2) Can you tell a funny/memorable moment of your life regarding Italy/Italian language?
As I just mentioned, there are so many funny and memorable moments that I could go on and on.
The funniest was probably when our group went to Florence for the day. While the majority of them were in line waiting to get in to the Uffizi, I wandered around and took in all its beauty. I remember standing right by the Arno river and took pictures when all of the sudden I felt this presence next to me. This cute guy was staring at me and started asking me all sorts of questions in such a charming manner that it was hard to resist (yes, that Italian charm is legendary!) He told me his name was Antonio. I told him my name and that I was just a tourist for the day. He invited me over for coffee or wine but I kind of knew he was after something, so I told him that I was actually on my way to Pisa to see the leaning tower. I could not get him to go away, so he offered to accompany me all the way to the train station and we finally parted ways!
Did I miss an opportunity? Perhaps. Was going to Pisa worth it? Not really.
I just thought how he just showed up out of the blue and as if he had no plans, just stuck around me. I will never get over that one trust me J Oh well life goes on!
3) What is your favorite Italian word and why?
It probably is “Senti” along with a hand gesture of course 🙂
The first time I heard it was right after we had crossed the Swiss-Italian border. 2 handsome carabinieri got on board were going from row after row checking passenger’s passports and asking questions as to where they were coming from and where they were going. Normale right? Well I just thought it sounded divine, such a smooth and sexy sound. 1 of the officers spoke to me in broken English but I was too hypnotized by his good looks that everything he said was like a poem recital J Yes ok I love men in uniforms! That was a very nice way to start my trip.
4) What is your favorite Italian food and why?
That’s like asking who your favorite child is! I don’t have a favorite but more than 1!
Actually I love…no, I adore pizza Margherita (a fine vino rosso on the side too, preferably Chianti). I had the best of the best in Naples (L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele).
I also enjoy spaghetti alla carbonara which is a classic!
Now it may not be considered as food per se, but I can never EVER say no to chocolate gelato! It is my weakness and I just can’t give it up 😉
All in all I can say that Italy is an extraordinary and fascinating country that will feed all your senses, fill your heart with love & joy and will change your outlook on life…FOREVER.
Thank you so much Lucrezia for this opportunity! I wish you and your readers all the best!
Karla was so kind to send in pictures from her Italian stays to include in this post!
Make sure you check out her blog at http://travellersoul76.com