We have continued to learn more about the Italian culture while settling in and gaining more awareness through random glimpses of the Italian cities and interactions, if only for a short time, with the people of the Campania region. These glimpses may only be due to essential travel and not always everyone’s idea of “fun.” However, thanks to having to buy a car, house hunting, picking up deliveries, and buying groceries, it was still possible for us to see and experience some of Napoli during lockdown- even if the majority was from a car window!
glimpses of culture notes:
Values are the most important thing to a culture. People build themselves around values. It’s said that the most important value to Italians are relationships. They love to share, support each other, and they expect to be supported. — Italians always put passion and emotion into what they say. It can come across as aggressive or angry, but it’s just the opposite! What may seem like an argument could just be a conversation about a soccer game! — It is also common for families to support kids through to the university level of schooling. — There seems to be three main languages of Italians: Italian, dialect, and hand gestures. They can have a 20 minute conversation using just gestures and hand signals! — And the one thing that we have noticed almost immediately and often: punctuality is not really important in the Italian culture. You have to learn to be very patient! For example, let’s say you are meeting up with someone. It’s common for that person to show up 5 minutes late, maybe even 15. They could trouble finding a parking spot or maybe traffic is bad. BUT the Italians will never leave someone hanging after 30 minutes or more! That is NOT acceptable! — Italians have informal rules to driving; what appears to be crazy to foreigners actually makes sense to them. — The food, air, and water are all different here. You have to detox your mind and body after arriving. You have to let yourself adjust to the time and all the aspects that come with being in Italy.
Glimpses of Campania
Pozzuoli — Monte di Procida — Lago Patria — Gricignano — Licola — Bacoli —Quarto — Vesuvio
Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!