(Some things I have learned about Italy...)
So I know that I have been slacking in my blog posts, I am still working on the ones on Venice, the last days in Florence, the first month or so in Rome, and Barcelona. They will be up soon, hopefully by the end of the week.
Until then, here are some things I have learned about Italy since I have been here:
1. There is no such thing as bad Italian food. If you are in Italy and think the food you are eating is bad, go back to your own country.
2. Eating gelato every day is a given. It is equivalent to taking vitamin supplements.
3. People walk everywhere to walk off the carb-and-gelato loaded meals.
4. Crossing the street in Rome is like playing Frogger.
5. Apparently, one hour and forty minutes is too long of a time to sit straight through class: we have a fifteen-minute break in the middle of each of our classes so our teachers can get their hourly nicotine fix.
6. Italians wholeheartedly appreciate our attempts to communicate with them in Italian, and become extremely happy when you do so. They also have exactly zero qualms about correcting your grammar and will jump at the chance to give you a grammar lesson (which I love).
7. Italian women are incredibly chic and wear heels EVERYWHERE, despite cobblestones that make up every single road in this city.
8. You will never see a drunk Italian woman.
9. Apparently, Italians do not sweat. They insist on dressing in their fur coats, thigh-high boots, and thick stockings despite the fact that it is 70 degrees and gorgeous outside.
10. Rick Steves is a guidebook god. He has written on a ton of places so go buy one of his books for your next trip.