Remembering the Giro D’Italia

The Giro D’Italia bicycle race is going through Bologna today. I’ve been tempted to try to go see some of it, but it’s later this afternoon and sure to be crowded. A lot of effort for seconds of actual racers. I know, because I saw the race years ago when it started in the Netherlands and they passed through Utrecht. In fact, they passed along … Continue reading Remembering the Giro D’Italia

Coal or Chocolate? [5-6 gennaio]

You may think that stockings and being naughty or nice were over with on December 25, but not if you’re in Italy. Today they celebrate the epiphany with the Befana (a witch-like figure) who leaves stockings for the kids with coal if they’ve been naughty (black-colored sugary liquorice things which sound pretty awful, to be honest) or chocolates, oranges, and little toys/games. We did stockings … Continue reading Coal or Chocolate? [5-6 gennaio]

Graduation Traditions

You don’t have to be a student or graduate of Bologna University (oldest continually operating university in the West) to be familiar with a few of the graduation traditions. You can’t help but come across them — and hear them — on a somewhat regular basis. For one thing, they’re not like in the US, at least, with one set graduation day; it’s basically whenever … Continue reading Graduation Traditions