Thursday, April 29, 2010

Living in Florence :: Photo shoot around the city

A young woman emailed me not long ago and asked me if I knew of a fotografo (photographer) who could take foto (photos) of her and her beau. I responded that one of our friends is a professional fotografo who normally does weddings. When I asked him, he was pretty excited because he loves doing servizi fotografici (photo shoots). And since itís not yet the season for weddings, he was free to work with them during the time they wanted to do it.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Living overseas away from family and long-term friends has opened me to meeting new people and to creating close bonds with others. Itís almost as if my friends here in Florence replace my family; the relationships I have are meaningful for me and hopefully for them too. I often meet people who read my blog and contact me. A few of my friends think Iím crazy because they donít understand why I would meet people who are just visiting my beloved city, but I see it as an opportunity to connect with someone new and to share our lives.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Last night Alessandro, one of my girlfriends, and I went to the dinner for The Florentineís fifth anniversary. I remember attending their fourth anniversary last year as one of their new writers. Itís hard to believe that an entire year has already passed since then.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Living in Florence :: Una partita amichevole

When I go to the stadio (stadio) to see the Fiorentina play, I am in the Curva Fiesole, where the diehard fans are. I never bring my macchina fotografica (camera) with me because itís not really allowed and our seats are behind the goal, quite far from the campo (pitch). Normally when I go to a partita (match), I am usually too busy clapping, singing and cheering to take any foto (photos) anyway.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Living in Florence :: My first photo safari

A professional American photographer, Jenn, emailed me through my blog to ask about getting together for a photo safari. I was excited about the idea even though I rarely do such things with other people. In a sense, Iím a bit of a loner. I like to walk around by myself and let my curiosity and joy lead me through the streets. I like getting drawn to different things and capturing them in a foto (photo). Sometimes beauty jumps out and grabs me and I try to seize the moment to keep a memory of it for me.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Living in Florence :: Proud of my beloved city

Right before the start of yesterdayís partita (game), I was moved to tears. The city of Florence honored Stefano Borgonovo, a calciatore (soccer player) who played for the Fiorentina. Borgonovo was diagnosed with Lou Gehrigís disease only a couple of years ago and since then the Florentines continue to hold him in their hearts.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

When I turned in my latest ďExpats in FlorenceĒ article, I realized that I had completed 20 of them. I was quite amazed because I hadnít realized that Iíd interviewed that many people and wrote about their coming to Florence. Being an expat in Florence, I am interested to find out how other people came here. Iíve been impressed by each person who has been courageous to move to another country where he/she successfully created an entirely new life.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Today for the second time I went to an AILO meeting. A friend of mine had joined last year and invited me to a meeting last month. Iím not generally one who likes to join groups, but after learning more about the group and meeting some of the ladies, I decided to apply to become a member. Last week I received an email that I was accepted.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Living in Florence :: A rainy Pasquetta

Today is lunedž dellíAngelo (Easter Monday) or Pasquetta, which is a holiday in Italy. Many of the shops on via dei Neri were closed, but the streets were just as busy as yesterday. It was an odd weekend with some of the musei (museums) being closed on Sunday, and others were closed today. It started to rain yesterday afternoon while I was having Easter lunch with my suoceri (in-laws). The rain persisted throughout the evening and continued for most of today. Iím happy that I had a chance to go out on Sunday morning to take some foto (photos) because I couldn't take any today.

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Living in Florence :: A quiet Easter Sunday

This year I didnít feel like going to the centro (downtown area) for the scoppio del carro (explosion of the cart) in front of the Duomo. I had gone two years ago and just wanted a quieter morning for myself. This morning, I enjoyed listening to the sound of the church bells ringing throughout the city. Eve though the day was a little grey, joy seemed to be all around. I saw so many people smiling and laughing together as they walked along the Arno toward the Ponte Vecchio. Because I havenít been outside much to just enjoy my beloved city, I just felt a desire to walk around by myself to a different and quieter part of the city.

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Living in Florence :: Sharing my city

Today I met up with a couple who hadnít been to Florence before. I was excited our meeting because the husband has been complimentary about the photos of Florence that I publish on my blog. We met in Piazza della Signoria and had drinks on the terrace of a caffŤ. The view was as breathtaking as ever with the Palazzo Vecchio dominating the piazza. I admired the loggia with its statues, standing gracefully outside exposed to the elements. There were masses of tourists walking by this morning, holding out maps, taking photos, and enjoying the intermittent sun that shone in the piazza.

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