Italy. Coffee shots, pasta and fashion

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I’ve been in ESN for long enough to understand that being flexible is the best way to do things, but at the same time, every time I travel or I move to a different place, I just cant help to notice the cultural differences between different countries.

I could have ended up this summer in Bruxelles, but I ended up in Italy. Why? Holidays with friends,  working for EU in EXPO Milano and Erasmus for Entrepreneurs in Naples. 

Probably, from now on, I will be telling you what is happening around here.

What did I notice so far?

 Italian mama

  • Is more than mama. It is a Mammmaaa, and when they say it, your heart melts. No wonder why  they say that Italian guys are so attached to their moms.

Vespa.

  • You can actually see it everywhere and ever since I moved to Naples I am starting to think that maybe it’s not such a bad idea to get one. 

No traffic in Milan.

  • I was very surprised to see that there is little traffic in Milano. You might say it’s not true, but I’ve barely seen cars and public transportation is really cool. 

Coffee Shots.

  • Like in Portugal, where my friends were laughing at me for always drinking Galao, italians are drinking coffee shots, which is something I am pretty sure I cannot adapt to. Therefore, I think I will stick to my Galao.

Pizza non stop.

  • If there are 3 things I hate most in the world is pasta, pizza and rice. I am avoiding rice as much as possible after eating rice non stop in Portugal, then I ended up in the middle of Asia for 2 years. After living in Italy, I am guessing that I will not eat pizza for a very long time. 

EXPO Milano.

  • One of the coolest experiences of my life. Marketing, people, human behavior psychology, cultures, food, technology and great friends. 

No air con.

  • I’ve been here for about a month now and I have not see any single person who drives and has their air con on. Instead, opening the windows seems like the best solution.

Ciao bella.

  • Everybody I’ve met here calls everybody amore, cuore, carino, bella. Maybe Eastern European people are colder people in this sense, but it’s a bit hard to understand when you use it and when you actually mean it when talking to people you like, fall in love with or people who you’ve just met. 

Italian girls

  • They wear a lot of make-up and seeing how some people act, made me remember small cities Romania or sometimes Vaslui.

Everything is moda.

  • If there is any reason why Italians are acting or dressing in a certain way, it’s because of ,,moda”. Therefore, fashion in their blood my friends, but not always good taste I may say.

English.

  • It is well known that Italians are not best friends with English, but when it comes to songs, they all know all the lyrics.

Boys.

  • My friends are laughing at me, but seriously, coming from Romania, where there are 5 girls to a men, Italy for me is a sausage party. I haven’t decided yet if this is a good or a bad thing.

More things? Coming up soon!

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