@jmdavidson1 I went to school in Italy. Junior High in Gaeta and High School (9th grade) in Naples. Had a 2-hour bus trip to high school every day and then another 2-hours back.
By the way, I understood your sentence easily but there is no way I could speak it or write it anymore. It’s been too long ago and I’ve lost the skill. If you don’t use it, you really do lose it. I came back to America in 1980.
@jmdavidson1 Mrs. cengland0 is from Puerto Rico so her primary language is Spanish. I get so confused when I try to speak it because the words are very similar to Italian and I cannot remember if the word I’m about to say is the Italian version or the Spanish version.
I lived in Italy over 40 years ago but I still remember living in Gaeta and think that was the best place I ever lived and I have lived in many exotic locations including Hawaii.
Gaeta had such beautiful views and weather. Everything was so calm and relaxed. It was only after leaving Gaeta and moving back to the USA that my anxiety gave me difficulties surviving in the real world. There is absolutely no comparison on how people in Gaeta are so relaxed without a care in the world compared to the hustle of America.
@cengland0 13 anni fa ho cominciato ad imparare la lingua prima di andare in italia per le vacanze. Continuo a studiarla perche mi piace qualsiasi cosa che è italiana, la gente, il cibo, e naturalmente il vino. Sono molto geloso che hai abitato lì.
@jmdavidson1 Lived there for 6 years and spoke the language fluently. Now I can barely speak a word of it.
I did drink the wine there and got the taste for Lambrusco which is one of the cheapest wines you can get. At the time there wasn’t an age restriction so I was able to drink it even though I was just a kid.
My favorite food is still Italian. Unfortunately I discovered I’m celiac so cannot eat any pasta or pizza unless I hunt down some gluten-free versions. I still buy the roma tomatoes and think they taste better than any other variety. I eat my pizza with a knife and fork and still have a cappuccino daily.
I’d love to go back but I’m sort of homebound so it will never happen.