2. Chilly Gel- see previous post all about this glorious invention.
3. Bathrobes- while they exist back home, I never used one habitually but the Italians love them and will use them post-shower in place of a towel which I find slightly annoying because I can't wring out my hair properly with one.
4. A food scale- necessary because the recipes here don't use cups and tsp, so you have the great pleasure of weighing each and every ingredient.
5. Collared shirts under sweaters- Italian men might be allergic to wool or have a phobia of sweater to skin contact because anytime they wear anything resembling a sweater, a collared shirt must go under it.
6. Bottled water- actually quite a waste and not good for the environment at all, but I'm impartial to fizzy water now. I have absolutely no idea why few Italians will drink tap water, it tastes absolutely fine in my opinion but I've heard some whisperings of excuses like it's too high in calcium and will cause kidney stones, or to never trust anything provided by the government. At least this is what they say in Rome, maybe there are better reasons here in Bergamo.
8. Felce Azzurra and Ultra Dolce Garnier products- can't get enough of these. We have the shower gel and the bar soap of Felce Azzurra while I love Ultra Dolce for all the inventive shampoo/conditioner scents like Tesori di Miele (Honey treasures? Not as intriguing in English I suppose).
9. Timberlands- I don't know who decided that these would be qualified as fashionable footwear since I was most used to seeing them in rap music videos or on construction sites back home but yes, feel free to stomp all over Milan with these.
10. Starch for ironing- do people still use this back home?
11. Slippers- due to abundant carpeting in my old house, I bounded about with barefeet all the time. Try doing that on tiled floors here and you'll soon realize that slippers are your best friend.
12. Cesto di frutta (the fruit basket)- to be filled with fruits of the season and coerced onto anything with a mouth after meals and in-between meals. A great way to get your daily servings because for me, it's always a constant reminder right in front of me.
13. Door nubbins- I don't know what to call these but 'nubbins' seemed appropriate. You attach them to door handles to prevent them from banging against the wall. Genius.
15. Camomilla- The Cure. For everything. Stress, insomnia, upset stomach. Comes in a powdered form, ready to use and sweetened to perfection.
16. Borotalco- Old school, a true classic. What I imagine Italian nonni (grandparents) to smell like and currently what Massi smells likes. Not sure if that's a good or bad thing. Basically just a talc powder for absorbing sweat and acting like a deodorant; used like American adults use baby powder I suppose.