The Most Patient Husband In The World

Me to Marcus: Maybe I’ll blog tonight.  I haven’t written since the Friday Food Round-Up!

Marcus: You haven’t written a blog since Friday?

Me: No.  We’ve been busy doing stuff.

Which is pretty much the truth.  Marcus is off at a guys’ night tonight, and I’m having my first night at home (and by myself!) in several weeks.  It is so marvelous.  I made myself a snack plate, lettuce wraps for dinner, read some of my book and listened to podcasts.  How excellent!

In the time we have had to ourselves, I’ve been vacation planning because at the end of February, we are headed to Italy.  It seems so far away, but I know that our departure date will be here much sooner than we think!  We’ll be there for 17 days and we’re going to be visiting Florence, Venice, Cinque Terre, Rome and Naples.  I feel like it goes without saying, but please share all of your favorite things about these places in the comments.

Neither Marcus nor I speak any Italian, so we have to learn because if we don’t, it is going to be a problem.  In the fall, I thought about starting some sort of home-study, but clearly that did not happen.  What an excellent surprise then, when Santa brought me the Rick Steves’ Italian Phrase Book & Dictionary.


Since Christmas, I have been prancing around the house, exuberantly spouting off one vocabulary word at a time, in the hopes that we will be able to achieve some level of communication as we navigate yet another train station or another restaurant where they do not have menus in English.  Or ask for an extra pillow and blanket.  I have continually found that question specifically to be much more challenging than one would think.

Marcus is continuing in his role as Most Patient Husband In The World as I ask him for things in broken Italian that he doesn’t understand.

I would like one of this one and one of that one.  Thank you.

It would at least be helpful if I specified what, exactly, I was asking for.

Duck is anatraWe might order that.

And so it goes on.  Sprinkling words and phrases into snippets of conversation here and there.  Who knew I might need to know the word for cumin.  In Italiano.



3 responses to “The Most Patient Husband In The World

  1. Hahaha that’s so cute! Gotta practice somehow 😉

  2. Favorite things about these places:
    Florence – David, the leather markets, the Uffizi, and the food.
    Venice – St. Marks, Prada, and the food
    Naples – the pizza…and that’s about it. Naples was my least favorite. We did take a water taxi from naples to Sorrento, and it was a gorgeous way to travel. We then headed to Pompeii, which I cannot recommend enough.
    Rome – There is a little pizza place behind Lago di Torre Argentia {bus stop}, near the universities {study abroad} and the Pantheon that cuts off the size you want, weighs it, and charges you by weight. There is no seating, and a soda vending machine, but it was the best pizza I had in my life. We ate it frequently, as our class was held nearby. Catacombs, Collesium, Forum, Piazza Navona, Piazza del Popolo, Campo di Fiore {farmers market there every morning, bars at night}, the cafe’s near the Vatican on Borgo Pio, Villa Borghese, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, etc.

    Have fun!

  3. Fun! Excited for you guys. I love Italy! Are you taking the train or renting a car? The first time I was in Italy was also during a 10-week backpack trip of Europe, so we learned the following words in every language of the countries we were visiting: Hello, good-bye, please, thank you, yes, no, bathroom, and two. (And of course, Do you speak English, if the communicating got tough.) But why two? Because it was very helpful when we wanted to order two of something. You’ll do just fine!

    I adore all of those places and without writing a book, let me just say that the number one thing you must do in Rome is a walking tour on the first day that you are there. It will give you an overview of everything, provide history and give you an idea of what you want to go back to or focus on the rest of your time there. Some friends of ours were not huge fans of Rome and I think it is because they tried to do-it-all-themselves and didn’t get that experience. During the rest of your stay, you can’t help but imagine Roman times and what life was like back then!


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