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Italians Quoted #7

Ciao Tracie..come stai...everything ok in Texas? You really need to get some sun.

--every single tan-obsessed Italian (pretty much covers the entire population) since I've returned

It's still May, and I'm already being harassed. It must be very easy to to get that late-August tan so soon when all you have to do during the day is drink espresso and smoke cigarettes.

As for me and my mozzarella, we gotta go to work. A presto...


Blogger Nadine said...

Oh I wish I could enjoy Italian espresso's in the sun every day! :)

5/28/2007 1:11 PM

Blogger sognatrice said...

I'm completely with you in the mozzarellaness. And they'll be together in their raisin-ness someday too ;)

5/28/2007 2:13 PM

Anonymous J.Doe said...

What is the skin cancer rate there?
Tanning is not for me anymore. (although it was)

5/28/2007 9:30 PM

Blogger JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Don't forget the SPF 40!

5/28/2007 9:44 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh, i hear you!!! my co-workers have already started coming to work with various shades of red on their faces/bodies (except for those who go to the tanning salon all year round) and they all glare at me and say "come sei bianca"!
thanks, i'd rather stay white than turn into a cancer-ridden prune in 10 years!!! (=

5/29/2007 11:03 AM

Blogger Delina said...

I've been called mozzarella too, or busta di latte - even when I'm feeling tanned. Rather be white than have handbag skin :))

5/29/2007 11:51 AM

Anonymous Tina said...

Tan, shman. Mozz is better.

I can imagine what people must have thought of me when I left Italy's winter, for Argentina where it was the middle of summer.

5/29/2007 1:55 PM

Blogger Sicilian said...

Trac. . . if it had been a normal May you would have been the envy of every Italian. . . . however Tejas has had the wettest May ever.

5/29/2007 9:38 PM

Blogger KC said...

I don't mind being called mozzarella either. Yes, it may be very white, but it's also soft and supple!

5/30/2007 4:21 AM

Blogger Roman Mommy said...

Well, at least you don't need to worry about people pressuring you to expose YOUR CHILDREN to the sun. Read this: http://romanmommy.blogspot.com/2007/05/cultural-differences-regarding-children.html

(And it happened during our vacation in Ischia. You are so lucky to live there!).

5/30/2007 6:48 AM

Anonymous MotherPie said...

Mozz. Right. Those Italian men know how to flirt, though.

Love your Texan Lesson. Only Texans would know a 10-2-and 4 would be a Dr. Pepper, too.


5/30/2007 3:04 PM

Blogger Julie said...

I was just thinking that about the Polish! We have a lot of them in our community. Anyway, they're all stuck in the 90's style...and tans. I think to myself, "What does he do all day, tan? And think about how many gold necklaces he can dangle from his neck?"

5/30/2007 11:50 PM

Blogger em said...

oh God I never thought about that! Everyone is going to be looking away when we arrive...I'm all about the mozzerella! and ain't no sunshine about to tan me...I "red"

5/31/2007 7:23 PM

Blogger Kataroma said...

Yeah, I work hard to preserve my unhealthy pallor. Every summer is hard with those sun worshipping Italians (and the boyfriend) trying to get me to sunbathe - but I stick to my guns.

Recent quote from the boyfriend "why would anyone use fake tan? Why don't they just lie in the sun??" Arrgh!!!

6/03/2007 3:54 AM

Anonymous lorraine@italianfoodies said...

Every August when we land at Campino airport we are greeted by the cousins telling us how sick we look, then when we arrive in Atina the whole village tells us how white and sick we look! They really know how to make a gal feel good!!

6/04/2007 3:36 PM

Blogger Portland said...

Do you know Edward Davenport?The grand property at 33 Portland Place is one of the finest houses in London.

6/05/2007 12:31 PM

Blogger Susan in Italy said...

Welcome back, Tracie! Now these mozzarella comments, I've never heard them before and I'm usually the palest person in any room. Maybe the italiani are all scared of me, after all, I'm much bigger than they are...

6/06/2007 2:44 PM

Blogger moscerina said...

tracie-- do you know anything about renting a place in july for two long weekends? ischia/ponza/procida? xox erica

6/12/2007 5:30 AM

Blogger Tracie B. said...

moscerina--email me! i can help you definitely with ischia

6/13/2007 12:35 PM

Blogger lo staff di BelleSiDiventa said...

Extremely interesting and well-written blog!
It's amazing how you took life in your hands and moved here in Italy, and were able to build a totally new life following your dreams: brava!

ps: I'd like to let you know I proudly belong to the minority of Italian women who does not like a tan... I get the same "you really need to get some sun" everyday, most of the year :D

6/27/2007 10:54 AM

Blogger Giulia said...

Tracie, where are you? I fear, that after you posted this last message, you lay yourself out in the Napoli sun and haven't gotten up since! Come back to us! :)

6/27/2007 11:08 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This post brings a memory back to me of when I went to Sicily to visit relatives. When I arrived they couldn't believe how tanned I was. They were whiter then me. They asked how I got such a tan in Toronto, Canada. Well I told them it was summer there too and I had been tanning every day at my friend's pool or on the hood of my car! I had a 1968 burgundy Chrysler Newport (very large hood) and it attracted the sun like a tanning bed. They couldn't believe it. They said I was too skinny and needed to fatten up! Oh well if it's not your skin it's your weight!
Lucy in Pickering

5/27/2008 1:49 PM


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