Ciao ragazzi!

My Italian name is Allegra, and I’m studying abroad in Italy for 7 weeks this summer. I’m based in Rome, where I take classes with a faculty-led program of my school’s Italian department, and I live with a host family.

By family, I mean a sweet old retired woman. Just her and I. Not even a sassy Italian cat.

So I started this blog in order to document my time in Italy. I’ve never been to Europe, and this  a dream for me. If you’d have told me a year ago that I’d be taking Italian and going to Italy, I would have laughed in my face and asked you what you were smoking. Sort of the same reaction as when I asked my dad if I could study abroad in Italy. This just goes to show that things change!

I chose the name “Allegra” for several reasons. First of all, my name doesn’t really have an Italian counterpart. So when my professor sent us a website that converts our name into Italian, as I expected, it got lost in translation. However, I’ve always had a thing for names that start with an A (expletives aside) and it was also one of the first names on the list of Italian names. Additionally, when I worked at a gelato shop for two years, we used to carry Allegro coffee (which you can also find at Whole Foods). It wasn’t long until I figured out that “allegra” means happy in Italian–people love telling me that. (For some reason, people don’t really mention the fact that in music in means “slow”). The entire department caught on, and it’s gotten to the point where people don’t know my real name. I’ve had several people tell me they’ve typed “Allegra” into the facebook search engine, and were puzzled when they couldn’t find me. Ha ha ha. Funny Italians.

Anyway, I really hope you enjoy my blog (or if you don’t, that’s fine because I didn’t make it for you). I plan to post videos and photos consistently, so be on the lookout!