Happy Monday morning, y'all! Today I thought I'd share some photos I took this weekend…and pepper some interesting Italian facts throughout the post.
Note: this is just my experience in the Veneto region of Italy so far. I know that not every part of this country is the same, but these are just some fun and quirky facts about the part of Italy I live in. Or at least what I have noticed!
1.Italians don't touch their produce. There are special gloves at the supermarkets that you have to put on.
2. When you eat at restaurants in America, they bring out everyone's food at once. In Italy, they bring it out plate by plate. You are not to wait until everyone receives their food…that is considered an insult to the chef. You are to enjoy it immediately, the food is made with that intent.
3.You can find baby wipes here, but they don't really use them. That's what bidets/sinks are for, I suppose.
4. You don't say "Ciao" to great someone you don't know. You use the more formal bongiorno or buona sera. Once you "know" someone or see them regularly, ciao is just fine.
5. Italians don't really wait in line. They kind of just cluster. It can be frustrating at times, not gonna lie.
6. The highways here are called the "Autostrada". Pretty sure no one observes the speed limit, and I've never seen anyone get pulled over here.
7. Wine and water only with meals here, nothing else is really available. Coffee after. Strong coffee.
8. No one in this part of Italy wears color in the fall/winter. I'm not exaggerating. Lots of beige, black, gray, camel, and brown. I stick out like a sore thumb in my red, green, and blue.
9. There is no |h| sound/ h in the Italian language. Hospital is "ospedale", Chinese food is "Cinese" and Harper Howell is "arper owell!".
10. To take a shopping cart into the store, you have to insert a euro coin to unlock the cart. When you return it to the proper place/re-lock it…you will receive your money back. Hence no errant carts!
11. You have to pay to use many public restrooms here.
Have a beautiful Monday!