Posts Tagged ‘Trieste’
Something that makes Italy very unique is the fact that wherever you go you bump into something artistic. This, for example, is the lobby of the Public Library in Trieste. I walked in front of it so many times and yet I never stopped to admire it. But this time I did. And I’m sharing it with you.
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Yes, we have done it again; we are back in Italy for another extended period of time.
In 2009, after spending 4 months in Trieste, I promised myself that if life granted us the possibility to do it, we would have repeated that beautiful experience one more time. The priceless memories created during those Fall months have molded my kids’ lives in such a positive way, that planning for the next Italian adventure had become just a natural process.
So, here we are again: my kids are almost ready to start an Italian public school. Alessio will attend 4th grade in a scuola elementare, while Silvia will be in 7th grade in a scuola media. Are they happy? Let’s say that they are half way there, mixed emotions are what they are feeling right now. And it’s the same for me.
Even though at first this sounds like a fairy tale, it actually comes with some sacrifices: Paolo hasn’t been able to join us, the kids and I will see him once every 2 months or so, I had to put my business on hold (with the risk of losing part of it in the process), along with the college classes I was attending (and loving).
However, as they say in Italy “Chi non risica, non rosica”, which stands for “No risk, no gain”. I believe so, don’t you?
December is a magical time in Italy, the Christmas spirit is everywhere and people are immersed in a world of colorful lights and jolly sounds.
Every 6th of December, Trieste celebrates San Nicolo’ (Saint Nicholas, who had a reputation for secret gift-giving) with a popular fair, which becomes the city’s main attraction for several days and attracts vendors from all over Italy.
The fair takes place in the famous Viale XX Settembre, a long pedestrian avenue with many shops, gelaterie and cinemas that has been one of the main social points since forever.
The fair is the delight of the adults who can buy food specialties (like succulent olives from Sicily, torrone candy or goat cheese from Tuscany) and unusual gadgets to give as a present for Christmas, and the joy of the kids who can get candy and toys.
It is almost impossible not to meet an old friend or schoolmate while walking by the booths, and this makes the whole experience even “merrier”.