Things I Never Did Until Moving to Italy

Fiat tour Florence with Paola

The country where you’re from can mold you and provide a guideline of normalcies. However, once you leave your cozy abode you soon realize that nothing is normal anymore. After living in Italy for about three years I can better see some changes that I’ve made in my daily life.

Moving to Italy has changed me…

Here’s a simple list of the things I catch myself doing now, things that were once a rare sighting.

1. Rolling my jeans

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I’m not saying that all Italians roll their jeans, but I’m saying that I’ve never done it until I’ve moved here. It makes sense to roll them up when I’m wearing flats with my long jeans and since I don’t wear heels anymore, that means my jeans are always rolled up.

2. Olive oil snob

This is a problem. After being subjected to the most incredible olive oil in the world I can no longer have oil in the States. I find myself cooking with butter because the oil tastes like plastic to me.

3. Taking public transportation

At least in a city like Miami (where I’m from), you wouldn’t survive without a car. Also, no one past a certain income takes the bus. In Italy, it’s totally normal. I love this since I don’t feel judged or judge people for doing something so foreign to me. Now I find it odd when a city doesn’t have great public transportation.

And ladies, look what you’re missing when you skip the metro:

4. Riding a bike

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I had two bikes at one point in the States and rode them twice. Seriously twice. I thought I would bike more often, but my car was just too nice to resist. Now I have a bicycle like any good European and actually ride it!

5. Wearing eye liner

I don’t really pile on the make-up, but I started noticing my lower lids have a line on them. Whoa, where did that come from?! I guess the Italians have rubbed off on me, or at least rubbed off on my lower eye lids.

6. Cutting food with scissors

This always seemed so odd to me, but now I cut my pizza with scissors and even salads. Give it a try, it’s so much easier than a knife.

The one thing I know I won’t fall victim to is believing that you can die from a cool draft or leaving your hair wet. I will keep sleeping with a head of wet hair, Viva America!

What are some things that you catch yourself doing since living abroad?

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