Washington, DC
Hometown: Denver Colorado

Member since:

April 6, 2012

What else would you like to tell our group about yourself?

Life becomes more interesting and creative as a result of those we meet and interact with. Trying to learn about a people by reading about them, really does not hold any measure of the reality of meeting and interacting with them. Don't miss the opportunity to learn from others that you meet. I've lived in Italy in Sicily, Rome, and Milan. I attended the graduate school of Economics at the Bocconi Institute in Milan, and earlier worked at the Vatican, as a NATO liaison. I returned to Italy after serving there, and then worked again for the Vatican, and eventually attended University. Also, worked while going to school as an assistant to the Director of Fashion, at Missoni Fashions in Milan. Was an beginner there and it was my first real Italian job!! Great experience for an aspiring Economist!!! La vita e' una sorpressa sempre, especialmente in Italia!! Che belle sorpresse!!

How did you learn about our group?

Shear chance, in attempting to find local Italians that may wish to share some experiences in the culture and language. And, was pleasantly surprised to find Passatempo. Un vero gruppo Italiano!! It is a pleasure to join it, and to participate.

What is your favorite Italian book, author, film, song, musician, food and/or city?

I enjoy both Rome and also Milan, where I lived and studied in the University. Favorite cities are hard to choose from, as there are so many unique and special qualities among them all, that bring a new experience to the understanding of individualism that each of the former Italian City-states created for themselves. Of course, Venezia, is also one of those favorite cities, as it has a very unique history and set of cultural practices. The sunlight is awesome in summertime over the city at sunset. I am an artist of the impressionist background, and so, it was inspiring as I can see for many Venetian artists. I enjoy the music of modern Italian life, including opera, as you can not live in Italy without being exposed to those haunting melodies. The modern music is also filled with rich variety. Tutto, al sapore tuo!

At what level do you speak Italian and do you speak other languages?

A fair amount of Italian to get into and out of trouble!! I attempt at Spanish, at times, and then, also Russian, as I have used that language in my work and travels. Some little Brazilian Portuguese also. I think learning Italian has given me the foundation and appreciation of learning and living in a rich culture, while appreciating the vast variety of backgrounds and uniqueness that Italy has to offer the tourist, the author, the painter, and the average man. It can be inspiring in many aspects of life, if you open yourself to appreciation of an area that you enjoy the most to learn about.

What kind of events would you most enjoy?

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I am here to recall my days in Italy as a student and when living and working there. I hope that this will recall many of the good things that I experienced, and offer a chance to acquire new friends in the culture! All should enjoy and appreciate!

What John is saying about this Meetup Group

The group is fine. We however, should make a better effort to avoid such venues for a group activity in the future. It is unacceptable for our group, or any other, to be subjected to such behavior from security people working for the venue, I presume. Poor choices result in poor quality of enjoyment of the activity. Next choice should be considered by the group as a whole, as I can see it.

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