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Gia-Gina Across the Pond

So I've decided to follow my husband to his native Italy. Follow our adventures as we eat, drink, travel, adapt to and explore this remarkable country. Part food blog, part photo blog but mostly my rants and raves. After our two years in Italy, we relocated across the Atlantic "pond" and are back in the States.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

The Como Get Together-A Success!

From Torino, Laurie, Natalie, Alberto and I headed towards Como. George Clooney and Richard Gere were no where to be found but we stumbled upon a group of Super Friendly Ex-Pats! Carol B. who lives very close to Como, found the restaurant, arranged for a table for 18, and put a fire under all us Ex-Pats to come together. Thank you Carol for all your trips to Colico and the wonderful arrangements you made.

Now for the highlights of the GTG:

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This is Cynthia and her "dreamy" husband, Cyn you'll have to guess who thinks your hubby is dreamy. It won't take much guessing since there are more than one of "us". Whoops was that a hint? Behind the dreamy husband is Jackie's hubby, sorry I can't recall his name. But I do recall we looked at his baby blues and kept repeating "Are you Italian?" over and over, he reminded us of an Oregon transplant.

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The "men" got a chance to speak Italian to each other when the "women" were not gossiping about Jennifer Aniston, Renee Zellweger or Angelina Jolie.

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Jennifer B. and Enrico, Deirdre's husband.

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Deirdre and Sara (American Girl in Italy). Sara made some "treats" for everyone, crafty one that she is, cute little Halloween cards and ghost lollipops.

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Nat on the right in black, behind her, Davide, Jennifer B.'s husband. At the very end of the table on the right side was Franco, Sara's hubby.

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The Ladies #1, Jennifer B. (awesome purse), Jackie, Deirdre, Nat, Laurie, Sara, Carol, Me, Cynthia and Lori.
(Who knew there was caving to do in Italy, Jackie and her hubby are cavers. The came from Le Marche, what a haul.)

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Ladies #2

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Jackie is holding one of Sara's cards and Cyn is holding "American" magazines.

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Ladies #4
The lunch was a real success. It was amazing to see so many Americans and English speakers in one spot, as many people live in small towns where there aren't many other Americans. I was great to hear American idioms, jokes, and wise cracks. We talked for hours. The last people to arrive "us", sat down at 1:30 and we did not leave the restaurant until 5:30 or so. The afternoon passed by so quickly. Before heading back home, we made a pit stop at a chocolate factory, arranged by Carol B., to stock up on snacks for the drive home. I had a nice time and can't wait for the next one. (Photo credits to Enrico for doing an awesome job with my camera.)


At 11:47 AM, Anonymous paz said...

What a fun and happy looking group. Glad to read and see that you had a great time! Thanks for sharing your experience with us.


At 1:15 PM, Blogger melusina said...

That looks like it was so much fun! I envy you girls in Italy, I so loved the time I spent there!

At 9:39 PM, Blogger Tiff said...

You know, I have at one time or another come past something written by just about every female in those pictures. However, I never fathomed that you all knew each other! Hurrah!

You guys really do look like you had a great time. It was actually cool for me to see the HUSBANDS, cause I've heard a lot about them from various stories, but many times I could not put a name to the faces (save you and cyn, who take many pictures of your significant others)

At 2:08 AM, Blogger Judith in Umbria said...

I was trying to explain how much more precise Italian words sometimes are as compared to common-usage English to Jane of Jane and Ken this weekend.
Sono invidiosa, non sono gelosa di voi.
On the other hand, I better avoid these GTGs, because first I find Gia's husband a toothsome bite, and now I have a crush on Enrico.
Anyway, I cannot believe you went all the way up there (although I think it was a perfect idea for you) and haven't trotted down the Trenitalia path to me.
AlisonK came and she's super. I am trying to get out from under this cookbook to visit her. Once I get back, I am going to do something which includes you and her, because you need to know each other-- and cute males may come as well. Non-cute ones can come, but I shan't pay any attention.

At 10:56 AM, Blogger H. (aka. NC_State_Gal) said...

Congrats on such a successful get together. Isn't it such a pleasure to put names and blogs with faces :).

At 3:01 PM, Blogger Randi said...

I wish I could find some fellow Americans in my small town.

At 3:38 AM, Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

I had such a great time. I was so nice to meet you in person, I only wish we could have had more time to chat. I am serious about meeting along the way. Let me know when you have a free day!

Can't wait to do it again.

At 10:00 AM, Blogger Stelle In Italia said...


Had a great time too! The 'hubby' is Antonello--and yes, I frequently wonder how it is he speaks no English, as he definitely looks American. It was great to meet you! I can't wait for the next get together! (I might have have to become a northern Italian myself--the whole area was so beautiful!)


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