I recently returned to the states 5 months ago and have been slowly acclimating myself back to living in the U, S of A- although a completely different state now, so it still feels as if I’m in a different country sometimes. Check out my full Q & A with Jasmine below on life in and after Italy.
Going to Venice was something I have been wanting to do for a long time. Over and over again people would say that it’s a city you have to see at least once in your life…and they were right. Jared and I were joking about Ft. Lauderdale (where we lived prior to moving to Italy) being called “The Venice of the Americas”. Although it does have a lot of waterways compared to other cities in the States, still there is no comparison to the real thing. Literally everything is done on boats- transporting people and goods from one side of the island to the other (i.e. water taxis). I had never been in a city before where I didn’t see one single car.
Do you know the age old adage of “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks?”, well I think that may be pretty accurate, lol; because learning a new language when younger soaks in so much easier. Since fully immersing myself in the Italian culture, I have had to relearn that patience is a virtue, especially when it comes to picking up a new language, as it doesn’t just happen overnight.
Growing up bi-lingual has been an extreme blessing for me. Not only has it helped me better communicate with my parents and family, but has also opened many doors for job opportunities as well throughout my life. If you are familiar with Italian and/or the Spanish language, you may know that they are very similar. They are, after all, both part of the 5 romance languages and of course they are…what’s more romantic than the sweet sound of the Italian language?