Tag Archives: Culture

First Impression of Tbilisi

First impression of Tbilisi after five days of experience: • Reiterating what everyone says: Georgians are very nice and helpful. On the bus leaving the airport, a guy in uniform paid for my 0.5GEL ride, since I only had a … Continue reading

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Observations of Sicily

Observations/Thoughts on Sicily: • Sicilians often don’t speak English. • People take siesta like Spanish, such that the city is DEAD between 2-5 p.m. but CROWDED afterwards. It’s been over a year and still, this phenomenon amazes me. • Crazy … Continue reading

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La Scuola Adotta la Città

La scuola adotta la città, literally “the school adopts the city,” is a program in Palermo since 1994, where students research on certain monuments/sites of the city and then give out tours to the public. This year, 102 schools and … Continue reading

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Drinking Espresso in Italy

After having lunch with Sicilian Couchsurfing host in Noto: Host: Would you like a coffee? Me: Sure. Walked into a cafe and ordered two espresso. Host downed the shot in 5 seconds: Let’s go. Oh oh oh, you are still … Continue reading

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Sicilian Street Food

I don’t eat pork or goose large intestine Chinese style, and I never like Turkish kokoreç (grilled offal wrapped in small intestine) for the strong taste. So when I saw Sicilian grilled lamb small intestine, Stigghiola, I thought I’d just … Continue reading

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More Impressions on Athens

• Wow, people here really don’t smile, and don’t smile back, including swimmers at the municipal pool (but the staff were very nice.) • Greeks like to oregano everything, including chips, roasted nuts, salad, meat… • The streets are so … Continue reading

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First impression of Athens

First impression of Athens (After staying in Turkey for three months): • Looking at the feta cheese, Greek coffee, Greek delight, baklava, helva, tahini, koulouri/simit, salep, ayran, dried fruits, etc. etc., it feels like I am still in Turkey, just … Continue reading

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