Tuesday, November 16, 2010
To Be a Paesana
My Five Tips For Becoming a Paesana
1) Smile and greet everyone you pass. Even the curmudgeons will start to return your buongiornos.
2) Never decline a caffe'. I've been terribly overcaffeinated, but if someone asks me to prendere un caffe', I don't say no. The short chat while we drink them in compagnia has let them get to know me.
4) Take time to talk. It can sometimes be hard when I have things I need to get done, but when neighbors stop me and want to chat, I give them my time. Sometimes they're lonely and want someone to talk to; other times, they just want to get to know me better or discuss the weather and the bad grape harvest. Either way, a few minutes goes a long way to becoming a paesana.