Italy: An Emotional Force of Nature

Living, or even traveling in  Italy requires a dramatic departure from your accustomed physical and emotional geography. “When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” goes the cliche. Emotionalism is a national Italian trait, which is potentially contagious.

On a ski trip to Bormio, my frustrations about my inability to improve my skills lead to a tearful and inappropriately overemotional reaction. Ironically,  it was here that I first heard the song titled Stuck In the Moment.

After visiting Assisi, I came back to the US,  joined an Episcopalian Franciscan group in New York City, and spent a weekend at an Episcopalian Franciscan monastery in upstate New York.

Then, there was the summer I spent at the Universita Per Stranieri in Perugia. As we have seen from the Amanda Knox case,  Italy is an emotional force of nature, often equal to the devastating force of a tsunami.

I once pictured a life in Italy, living on the Amalfi Coast like the Donna character in Mama Mia, but since I am less of a Dancing Queen and, unfortunately, more of a Drama Queen, an emotionally calm country like Uruguay suits me just fine.

Sometimes the calm of the sea trumps the excitement of the city.

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  1. Love your blog and the fact that you chose to move to another country. I, too, lived out of the U.S. for a couple of years. Unfortunately my health brought me back again and I don't know if I'll be able to become an expat again. I haven't been able to travel for two years, so my blog is more musings from my muse than anything else. Anyway, you're on my friend's list on FB somehow. Take care. Ellie

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