I’m not full of “it.”
I’m full of ITALY.
That’s because in 2011 I married an Italian man – l’amore della mia vita – and I’ve been living here ever since.
I am filling myself with Italy slowly: one bite of cheese, one dish of risotto and one glass of wine at a time. It is a tasty, frustrating, confusing, beautiful, emotional, stressful and joyous experience, so I’m here to tell you ALLLLL about it!
I am one of many (American) expats who took the mighty plunge to live the Italian lifestyle in Italy – and one of many, it seems, who has a dog to keep me company! My four-legged sausage with a beard, a.k.a. Cookie, is a wire haired dachshund that has become my “big red happy button.”
Like many an expat, my Italian wedding was in a building that dates back to the 15th century; I re-took driver’s ed in the Italian language (and failed the written the first time around); my daily walks lead me past lush vineyards and crumbling old villas with rows of cypress trees leading up the drive; I enjoy wine and the fact that it is so cheap over here; and I take advantage living in Italy as much as I possibly can.
Did I mention I love wine? And cheese? And wine and cheese pairings?
I’m here to make sure that you don’t overlook northeastern Italy: mainly Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Veneto because those are the areas I know best and they have SO much to offer! Masterchef Luca Manfe is from Friuli. Many battles during World War I were fought in this area of Italy. Next time you’re soaking in a Jacuzzi hot tub, you can thank the Friuli men and women who built it! This is the home of frico, speck di Sauris, tasty sparkling wines like Verduzzo and Prosecco, the chair capital of the world and so much more. If I see, touch, taste or smell something that I like from this area of Italy, I will use this blog as a “list” of my favorite things. Use it as a resource!
I am currently a freelancer with a variety of writing projects that keep me busy, and I’ve also been known to take photos in various factories sprinkled throughout Friuli for some of my other freelance opportunities. Who gets to tour a knife-forging factory in Maniago and a coffee roasting plant in Sacile for work? ME! I get to witness the real Made in Italy in the making!
In this blog, I will share stories about my expat life in Italy, including but not limited to: the time I decked a dude in the face because he was stalking me around town, everything about my beautiful Italian wedding, the struggles I’ve faced here and how I deal with them, what a “spritz hugo” is, my dog and anything else that I think might be of interest to you (yes, you!)
I would also like this to be an outlet for the local Friuli/Veneto talent – because I can’t claim the title of “Italian living expert” myself. The real experts are the locals, so I will share what I have learned from them and give them a voice (in the English language) so that you might benefit from their authentic Italian knowledge.
Dish yourself up a heap of wild mushroom risotto and pour yourself a glass of Prosecco: it’s time to fill yourself with Italy.