Author Archives: Natalie

Buying Produce in Italy

After several exploratory visits to the supermarket and many observational expeditions, I finally bought broccoli. My first day in Rome, I ventured out to the ipermercato and was completely baffled by the experience. “Busta?” the checkers asked.  Envelope? Why is she asking me for an envelope?  I tried to disguise my panic and sort of […]

It’s Thursday? Call the Marching Band.

I apologize for the poor quality of the photograph, but I was woken up from a deep sleep moments before I snapped this shot. If you look towards the upper right of the frame (behind the motorbike), you’ll see a blurry mass of people.  These people were playing horns and drums and have a grand […]

Expedition to Ikea Roma

Since I am clearly easily identified as American, I decided to embrace it and just go to Ikea. My neighborhood, and Rome in general, has great markets and stands that sell most household products… but when you first move somewhere new, you need A LOT of stuff. To me, that means you go to a […]

Being Bionda

“Tedesca?” “Um, no. Non sono tedesca. Americana.” “Ah, Americana. Bionda.” Almost every day, someone comments on my hair.  It feels very odd to have strangers come up to and just declare, “bionda!” Or, “blonde!” Without fail, they always inquire into my heritage. Like the man in the elevator at school yesterday.  Elevators in the US […]