Thursday, June 25, 2009

Life in Europa!

















What I have learned since moving to Europe...
1. SLOW DOWN (but not on the road)
2. Appreciate how much of a miracle babies really are.
3. Bigger is not always better
4. Shoes are a status symbol.
5. DO NOT under estimate the power of cafe.

48 comments:

  1. #1 is spot on. It's so interesting how Europeans like to take it easy and relax - three hour dinners for example. But on the roads it felt like I was standing still even though I was speeding...just not enough I guess

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  2. Bigger is not even existent sometimes! I spent 5 weeks in London several years ago and my goodness was everything tiny. Like the fridge. And the cars.

    I didn't mind at all, it was just very different to see that.

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  3. I remember being in a car in Europe and being thankful I wasn't driving.

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  4. I live in Europe and first I must say you are right on shoes be a status symbol and the power of cafe. For driving is okay perfect in North Italy, but Britain the roads are too small for my liking. But I love living in Europe. :)

    Passing by from SITs. Enjoy your day.

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  5. It seems Italy has taught you well. I learned slightly different lessons when I lived in Scotland (especially about the shoes!).

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  6. Sounds like a different world over there!! Happy SITS day

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  7. Happy SITS Day! I loved living in Europe, and miss unexpected little things! Enjoy your time there!

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  8. I am super jealous - I have been to Italy once and am dying to go back... Happy SITS Day!

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  9. My Aunt lives in Europe and just loves it. She is always posting such great pictures on facebook. I'm sure she has learned some of these valuable lessons.

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  10. Happy SITS day!

    I have been to France and love the relaxed atmosphere. If only North America would follow!

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  11. I would love to make a trip to Europe one day! Seems like it might be worth it just to get a little perspective!

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  12. When I visited Italy the first time I was told that the street signs and traffic lights are "suggestions." That proved to be so true

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  13. I can't wait till the day I can visit Europe and experience these things!

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  14. I just can't wait to visit. You had me at shoes:)

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  15. I have never been to Italy but it is definitely top 3 on my list of places to visit/live someday.

    And who wouldn't want to go somewhere with delicious coffee and beautiful shoes?

    Seems like a no-brainer!

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  16. Oh how I would love to live in Europe - even for just a year. I feel like I'm always in a hurry and you are correct, they so have it figured out. I tend to operate on a European time philosophy - when I have to be somewhere at 8:15, it is still acceptable to me to arrive at 8:30. I know, I know. I'm in the US minority. I just hate to rush but we live in society in which we have to do so often. Love your blog!

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  17. Oh, wow! I'm so jealous that you are in Europe. It must be just beautiful

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  18. Haha, love this!! And I love that European philosophy! Hmmm, now I may need to go through my shoes and weed out a few (and maybe get another pair). :D

    ~Tabitha

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  19. I just love #5.
    Such interesting lessons.

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  20. I think the first one is crucial. lol. I'll keep it in mind if I ever visit.

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  21. I think the slow down advice is something I would definitely enjoy if I ever get the chance to visit Europe. We're so rush rush hurry hurry in the states. Happy Sits day!

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  22. I could get used to all of those. :)

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  23. You are my kind of girl if shoes are a status symbol. :) Stopping by from SITS!

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  24. Right on with the shoes :) oh, and a cafe is devine! Stopping by from SITS

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  25. LOL...man how different Europe is. I remeber when I visited Portugal it was very similar to that...small. Very small

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  26. Ahh, I would love to be able to slow down and not have everyone think I'm a slacker. :) The shoe part would get me in trouble though....

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  27. I guess my shoes would give me away!!

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  28. Everything hit home for me! Especially #2... as a WAHM it's hard to appreciate your children for the wonderful beings they are. I have to make sure to take a breather every now and then so that I don't lose sight of their individuality!

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  29. Ha, that's funny... and so true. Especially the part about driving and taking things slow.

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  30. Europe in a nutshell! Congrats on your SITS day!

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  31. Definitely insider tips, because I wouldn't have thought of them at all. :)

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  32. note to self:

    when packing for a trip to europe, buy a pair of jimmy choos... but make sure they're heavy enough to keep the lead on the pedal for driving.

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  33. Love this...my father is Italian and when I was 15 we went to Italy to stay with my uncle for awhile. I was too young to appreciate how insanely amazing Italy was..but my time there left me with a life-long love for certain things...and a greater appreciation for my family.
    i love your line about driving fast--my uncle had a driver who freaked us all out with how fast he drove on the autostrada! Funny when i look back--scary at the time!

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  34. #4 Sounds like the perfect excuse for some new shoes!!

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  35. and in Italy;
    1) Gelato can change your life
    2) Cappucino is to be consumed while sitting and sipped
    3) Take a long time for dinner ... what's the rush.

    Can I move there?

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  36. I've never even been to Europe but from what I've seen/heard your list of "What I've Learned" seems true of Europeans! Good luck on your many adventures there!

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  37. Well, yes, I guess you are in the shoe capital of the world! How fun.

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  38. Hmm maybe I should move to suroe so i can slow down lol. Thought I would not make it because I have no fashion sense in shoes lol.

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  39. Shoes...I think I might fit in just fine!

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  40. Well, it would be nice to slow down a little. But it would take some getting used to.

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  41. A perfect little list & so true!

    Happy SITS feature day!

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