Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Video of the week

 More from Italian class. Enjoy!





Thursday, March 19, 2015

Buon giorno!


Just another not that newsy update from Italian class. Since exactly zero exciting things have happened in my life lately I thought I'd share with you my (still growing) Italian reading list. If you are planning to come visit me in Rome or just enjoy all things Italian you can consider this some recommended reading for you too.

So, in no particular order we have...

1) Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

This one sets itself up as the "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" for Italian food and it's easy to see why. It covers pretty much everything from matching pasta shapes with sauces to cultural cues. It came with a pan my mother bought me (thanks Mom!) and I've been working my way through it. I adore basically all of the vegetable recipes which are unbelievably simple and yet savory in a way that I've never associated with vegetables before. I haven't made or enjoyed as many meat or pasta dishes because I just don't eat much meat and am trying to cut back on carbs, but a lot of readers on Amazon seemed to like the meat dishes the best, so I'm sure it's just a matter of personal taste.

2) One Hundred & One Beautiful Small Towns in Italy 

While slightly less functional, this one is a huge favorite as well. I skim it while waiting for my coffee to brew, whenever there's a commercial, when I talk on the phone... as I mentioned, it's a favorite. The book profiles - with plenty of pictures - a number of towns in each region. They could be notable for their art, food, history, natural beauty, or as seems to be the case in Italy, all of the above. I am already scheming to see how many I can visit in two short years.

3) La Bella Lingua

This one comes recommended by my Italian teacher as well and it's easy to see why. It's all about the beauty and history of the language and if you don't already speak Italian you'll be enrolled in a class by the time you finish it. The best thing, as a language learner, is that the book is giving me lots of insight into the 'how' and 'why' of Italian, and lots of motivation in the form of must-read books that I want to experience in the original Italian. It does take a bit of convincing to get a pop-culture junkie like myself to get excited about reading Dante and Petrach, for example, but a few days into this read I was already on Amazon, arranging for shipment.

And of course, actual Italian books. I want to read - once I am able - The Divine Comedy, Once on a Winter's Night a Traveller, Macchiavelli's The Prince, and a few others that are escaping me at the moment. This does not include the non-fiction stuff I'll be checking out - in English - from the library. If there are any stand out books that I come across I'll make sure to post an update. In the meantime, happy reading!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Speaking of videos....

Check out this very inspiring New York Times video 36 Hours in Rome. I fully intend to visit every last one of these places.

Seriously people, book a spot on my couch soon.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Time to revive the video of the week

So, no major updates to report - last week was quite enough trauma and excitement for me.

I did learn this week that I will unfortunately not be running in the Cherry Blossom 5k this spring. (Did I mention I was doing couch to 5k mostly so I could participate in the race? No? Well, now I did.) much to my disappointment it turns out you have to register in advance, and then they actually have a lottery to see who - of the people who were smart enough to register - actually gets to run. What is the world coming to when there are so many people who like to exercise that they can't all be accommodated? 

I will have to console myself with the other big events I was planning to try in DC this fall. There's truckeroo, and Opera in the Outfield and the Folklife festival (featuring Peru this year). I'm hoping I'll be around for some good shows at the Kennedy Center or Wolf Trap too (though nothing could beat the time I saw Casablanca there with the NSO performing the music live).

And on a totally unrelated note, please enjoy some music recommended by my textbook. 

And just in case the embed didn't work click on the link.

Monday, March 2, 2015

More bad news in Nigeria

This article from the Washington post speaks for itself, so no comment from me.