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  1. Avatar mvaden1948
    January 10, 2016 @ 11:15 pm

    I can’t remember when baristas here stopped decorating the tops of cappuccinos (should that be cappuccini?) with hearts or other decorations. Even in coffee-centric Seattle it’s now mostly people running out the door with their “venti to go” and most of them don’t know what the word venti means.
    So glad your love affair continues.

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  2. Avatar Paul Burns
    January 11, 2016 @ 8:03 am

    Lucky you! I think I want to be a Roman too someday. I have such happy memories of visits there. I enjoy your blog posts, it’s cool to hear about living in Italy as opposed to just visiting. Bone for Tuna!

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  3. Avatar Kay Pihl
    January 11, 2016 @ 8:53 am

    Such a great love affair you have with all things Italian. Loved your insights into everyday life. Happy for you.

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  4. Avatar Joyce Di
    January 13, 2016 @ 3:04 pm

    I live in here in Rome and still your words make me dream Rome. LOL! And thanks for posting about Philippine food 🙂 I haven’t been home for 9 years now and you made me miss it more. Saluti!

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      January 14, 2016 @ 11:47 am

      I’m glad you liked it, Joyce. You come from one of my favorite countries in the world. I’d love to go back. Now the food is even better.

      John

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  5. Avatar Kimberly (@ItalynLuvAffair)
    January 18, 2016 @ 4:32 pm

    Ciao John,

    Ho una domanda, if you don’t mind. I love dates wrapped in bacon. I got a wild hair last spring and tried cooking pancetta and eating it like bacon. This is a serious no go. Do you know of a store that sells bacon an easy train/bus ride from Bracciano – not Castroni’s?

    By the way, your blog is funny! Grazie mille!!

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      January 18, 2016 @ 10:37 pm

      If you can get a train to Ostiense, you’re only a 15-minute walk to my Mercato Testaccio on Via Galvani. My butcher cuts pancetta into strips that I sometimes cook as bacon or chop up and put with my scrambled eggs. It’s a great meal before the gym.

      Thanks for the compliment. I wish I had more readers but I’m the world’s worst self-promoter. If you’ve got any good marketing strategies, let me know. I’ve tried just about everything short of threatening the cyber world at gunpoint.

      John

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  6. Avatar Kimberly (@ItalynLuvAffair)
    January 19, 2016 @ 10:14 am

    Ha! I was just having the same conversation yesterday with my Italian friends. They say just get the Americans here. Like *poof* I wiggle my nose and here they all are. Maybe one day we can get together and brainstorm on how to be better social media marketers. By the way, have you noticed that the better you become at Italian the worse you become at English? It seems my English is atrocious after the past year and a half.

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  7. John Henderson John Henderson
    January 19, 2016 @ 12:39 pm

    Kimberly: I am finding that I pepper my English conversations with “CAZZO!” and “VAFFANCULO!” when I get angry. I say “Scusa” instead of “Excuse me” while in the States and I’m using my hands more, with Roman gestures that a corn farmer in rural Nebraska wouldn’t misinterpret. But my Italian hasn’t reached the level of efficiency where my English is hurt. I’m trying to think in Italian. But when I do, my lips move. Then everyone in the subway thinks I’m one of the mentally ill Americans they put on a boat in Delaware.

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    • Avatar Marty
      June 26, 2016 @ 8:07 pm

      Reminds me of an Italian joke ( I’m 100% Italian )

      How do you keep an Italian from talking ? Tie his hands

      The “boot” is intoxicating, isn’t it?

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      • John Henderson John Henderson
        June 27, 2016 @ 12:52 am

        Good joke, Marty. I’m still not fluent in my comprehension. Fortunately, I’ve become fluent in Italian hand gestures so I understand my Roman girlfriend just fine, especially when she’s mad.

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  8. Avatar Pietro
    February 24, 2016 @ 2:14 am

    Nice Blog John. Well done! E’ per me molto interessante leggere i vostri commenti. Vedo che uno degli argomenti principali è il cibo; del resto, è un argomento molto caro agli italiani ma specialmente ai romani. Complimenti per i tuoi viaggi e per la tua scelta di vita. Molto coraggiosa ma molto interessante. ciao
    a presto.

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  9. Avatar Wynne
    May 13, 2016 @ 11:51 am

    I just discovered your blog and am really enjoying reading all your Italy posts. As a 52-year-old who plans on living part-time in Italy within the next few years, it’s gratifying to hear that you took the leap at 58. Kudos to you! I’ll have to dig through your old posts to see how you managed to become a full-time resident, etc.

    Ciao from New York City!

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      May 14, 2016 @ 1:58 am

      Hey, Wynne. Thanks for the compliment. I’ve written a lot about what it took to move to Rome. The most in-depth look was what I wrote for GoNomad.com. It’s here: http://www.gonomad.com/5488-moving-to-rome. If you have any questions, I’ll be happy to help. I also wrote in-depth about what it takes to get the elusive Permesso di Soggiorno, the one-year resident’s permit.

      John

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      • Avatar Wynne
        May 16, 2016 @ 1:57 pm

        Thank you kindly! I will read through the post you suggested. I’ve read so many posts/stories from your fellow Italy bloggers about the Permesso di Soggiorno and I truly lack ANY degree of patience that is so deeply required for that process. It sounds like an utter nightmare! I would likely live in Italy part time in 60- to 90-day increments (per the Schengen Agreement) or through my employer and their vast network of worldwide offices.

        Thanks again for your reply and your offer of input – I just may take you up on it!

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  10. John Henderson John Henderson
    May 17, 2016 @ 1:14 am

    No problem, Wynne. The Permesso really isn’t all that bad if you have enough money in the bank and are an American. The Italians don’t hassle Americfans, particularly if you prove you have the money to stay. I don’t want to stay for only three or four months. I haven’t been back to the States since February 2015 and I don’t even want to visit.

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    • Avatar Wynne
      May 17, 2016 @ 7:22 am

      You’re not missing much, especially with the inanity of the current political climate. It makes escaping to another country pretty appealing right now!

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