- Have a sweet breakfast. Cake and Italian “croissants” (brioche) for breakfast? Che schifo! (How gross!). But habits change and now I don’t mind a lovely, flaky brioche with my morning coffee…see next point.
- Drink 3-4 espressos in a day. I used to drink drip coffee or the dreaded calorie-laden flavoured latte. Now whenever I have a lull in the day I hop, skip, and jump on over to our office espresso machine!
- Not use turn indicators on my car. I was a by-the-book driver in Canada, now I don’t bother with indicators because literally 90% of Italians don’t either. I’m not endorsing this in anyway but the bizarre thing is Italian drivers are so much more intuitive and usually “know” what your next move is. There’s a lot of eye-contact communication that happens with driving too. Like pedestrians don’t dare cross unless you literally lock eyes with them, even if you’ve been slowing down since a block away!
- Drink an aperitivo wine before the wine with my meal. I wouldn’t have thought to say drink one kind of wine, usually a white, prior to my meal for the purpose of ‘getting the digestive system ready’ but it’s now my daily pre-dinner ritual.
- Talk with neighbors. In Italy, you’re forced into a relationship with your neighbors because you are obligated to exchange a few minutes of conversation with them every time you see each other outside, but a few minutes in Italy can easily become a half-hour, especially if your neighbors are retired. And they don’t keep things surface-level either, nope! You get to hear all about the surgeries they’ve had and where and eventually you’ll know their entire life story from childhood.
- Buy bread. I have to buy fresh bread every day here. That’s just what you do. There needs to be fresh bread on the dinner table at all times otherwise someone might die.
Happy Friday! I'm making good on my "New Post Fridays" promise and thought it might be fun to do a quick little list of things that I now do every day that I never did before moving to Italy. Let me know if you can relate or have something else to add to the list!
Jasmine is a former pharmacist turned freelance writer, foodie, and fashionista from Alberta, Canada living "the sweet life" in Bergamo, Italy.