Culture Shock is this month’s topic for Dolce Vita Bloggers.
There are many differences between living in Italy and living in the United States. Some better, some worse, and ‘some just plain frustrating’. Italians (and most of Europe) sensibly respect the hours reserved for the daily ‘pausa’. This varies city by city and town by town. It is not unusual to be in a grocery store as the mid day riposa nears and to have the lights flicker. A not so subtle reminder that it is time to pay up and be on your way.
But isn’t this just one of the things we love about Italy???? A nudge to redirect ourselves from the usual hectic lifestyle, indulge in a leisurely lunch and perhaps even ‘un bel dormitino’ (a little nap).
I tell all my friends who visit that ‘Italy has its own rhythm’. For most of us, that is what attracts us to the experience of living or visiting another country. An opportunity to observe, unwind and discover unexpected riches.