Wednesday, May 7, 2014

More on Learning a Foreign Language

A lot of readers seemed to be interested in my post on How to Learn a Foreign Language, so today I have added some Thoughts on Language Learning that I wanted to share with you. See what you think!

Going to Aviano on Friday!

I am so excited! Denise and I are invited to the Aviano Air Force base! It's our first time going there. We have to be there suuuper early in the morning (8:00 and it's pretty far away, sigh), but I don't care. We will be talking to a group of significant others (as in NOT the military person but the person who came over with him or her) about Trieste.

A lot of people who come to Italy to live because of their partners have a difficult time finding their niche here. It can be sad and depressing until you find your way around and start living the life of a local yocal. It's hard to be the person who comes to Italy for work, too, but work is therapeutic. When you don't work after always working, it's really tough.

Anyway, we are going to tell them all about Trieste and why they should come visit the city and us at the Association. We will probably also talk about our Welcome Home Stranger program, culture shock, and learning the language.

I hope it's like Top Gun.

Just kidding.

My first Half Marathon after five years!

Did you do the Bavisela last weekend? Did you do the Family run, the Half Marathon or the Marathon? I ran the Half and here is my story about it. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

I do love Trieste but...

sometimes it feels like the only person in a hurry here is ME. Especially on the sidewalks. Serious people-jams. Constantly.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Who is the most important woman in Trieste?

March is Women's History Month.

Yesterday I asked one of my friends (a journalist) who the most important business woman in Trieste was, and the only person he could come up with was Anna Illy, and that is fair as she is still on the Board of Illy and was/is quite active in the community. Two other powerful women came out in the conversation, but one is German (CEO of TAL), so neither of us has actually seen her or knows anything about her. The other person is the President of the Port Authority, Monassi. That position is encouraging. It got me to thinking, though. Wow. We've got a lot of work to do around here.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014

Welcome Home Stranger, etc.

Sorry, Friends, I have been busy blogging at that I haven't been keeping you up to date!

I know that people find their way onto this site, so I will try to be better. I am actually making some serious plans to make this blog a little more useful for people coming to Trieste to live.

For one thing, my colleagues and I have started a group for people who are newcomers in Trieste called Welcome Home Stranger.

We get together once a month to be social or to share information. The group is constantly shifting as new people hear about it, but so far everyone is incredibly nice. I hope you will join us.

We are also planning on putting together a little video series for people moving to Trieste to give more relevant information than you can find readily on the internet. So watch for that.

In the meantime, do check for the latest on what's going on at the Italian American Association. The Storytime series is underway, for example, which means stories for kids in English on Saturday mornings. We are always looking for readers!

Also, both of our film series are underway. We would love to have you join us for those as well.
Feel free to stop by or call. Let's meet!

And remember, nothing will make your transition to Trieste better than VOLUNTEERING! We are an association run by volunteers. We would love to have you. See you soon at the Association!