Good to see the club website‘s statistics showing signs of life again, after the quiet summer months.
Even during July and August, we get vast amounts of spam, much of it in the cyrillic alphabet, with links to dodgy websites.
But visits from genuine language-learners fall off, as people are on holiday (except in the Southern Hemisphere, obviously.)
I admit, over the past few weeks, with Roomie’s kindergarten closed and then ‘holidaying’ with my adult kids at their grandparents’, I’ve done little of my own language learning – no news highlights in Swedish, little Le Monde (though I’m still paying for the expensive subscription) or French talk radio, absolutely zero Spanish or Turkish.
There ain’t no cure for them, except time, and getting back to normal routines, which will happen early next week, for me.
Talking of summer, we have three more weeks of our FREE Summer Series of articles with audio, this year on The Renaissance.
Today I have heroics in Turin for you, stirring stuff!
I’ve never been north-east as far as Torino, which is virtually in France, and a long way away from just about everywhere else, but now, after reading about the region’s history (in last year’s Summer Series on Il Medioevo, and this year’s Il Rinasciamento), I think maybe I’d like to – check the place out a little, perhaps try some of the ‘piatti tipici‘.
I’ve lived in Italy for almost exactly twenty-four years, which is a long time, but well, my mom an papa told me, son, you gotta make some money, and with three children born in that time, plus hosting strays in recent years, traveling hasn’t been top priority.
Wikipedia lists 145 Italian cities, and scanning down the list, racking my fuzzy brain for details of long-forgotten leisure and work trips, while keeping count on the fingers of my non-scrolling hand, I reckon I’ve visited less than twenty of them, some just driven through, so seen through the windshield (which I included), or passed on the autostrade, so not seen at all (which I didn’t).
I don’t really have an ‘Italian travel bucket list’ but if I was gonna take two weeks, gonna have a vacation, besides Turin, I’d like to stroll around Palermo, Genoa and Bari, at least – the larger ones I’ve never visited. I have been to Sardegna (which also features in today’s article), but not yet to Sicilia.
What about you?
Where have you been, and/or where would you like to go? And any itinerary suggestions for an old guy who rarely looks up from his computer long enough to notice where he is?
Don’t email though, as I’m on ‘holiday’, so have limited time to reply.
Instead, comment on this article, that way everyone can read your travel yarns and recommendations.
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Anyway, here’s today’s gripping article, with accompanying audio. If you’ve not yet figured out that reading and listening to Italian, even if hard at first, is essential to making progress with it, why not have that revelation today?
The previous twenty articles in this series are linked to, along with the entire Summer Series from 2020 and 2021, from our History page.
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