I Love Abruzzo With All My Heart And I Would Move There Just For The Food

Yes, I Would Move To Italy Just For The Food

Life is too short to drink cheap wine and eat crappy food!

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If someone asked me to move to Italy right now, with an opportunity to continue my education, I would pack my bags without hesitation and jump on the next plane. I'm lucky enough to know Italy and my father's hometown intimately, having visited there every August since I was a baby.

My Father is from the region Chieti, Abruzzo in a small town called Casacanditella. What's so unique about Italy is that every region is very different from each other, each has its own dialect, mannerisms, traditions, and of course, food.

Abruzzo is in central Italy on the East coast. The region has both beautiful mountains and the coastline, within a thirty-minute drive you could descend from the top of the valley to the beach. Along with the luxury of having both the mountains and the sea, comes a wide variety of food selections.

Arrosticini is an Abruzzese staple that can be found at every party; it's like what chicken wings are to Americans. Baby lamb meat is skewered on wooden sticks, seasoned with some salt and herbs, and cooked on the grill. There are even arrosticini cookers that rotate meat skewers for you! It has a distinct and lovely smell that makes your mouth water.

The Abruzzese coastline is also known as 'Costa dei Trabocchi,' or Coast of Trabocchi, named for the many trabocchi that line the coastline. A traboccho is an ancient fishing machine that is on stilts, often found at the end of a pier or a makeshift bridge. They are no longer used for fishing and many have been converted to restaurants.


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With the tradition of the trabocchi comes along a culture of serving freshly caught fish. The standards for taste are set high, something that can be found throughout Italy, and restaurants serve fish in various ways. The most popular (and my favorite) is when the fish is cooked in with pasta.

Below is handmade ravioli with a type of shrimp inside and served in a blush sauce.


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Below is a dish called 'La Chitarrina del Mare.' The pasta is an Abruzzese specialty, made with a 'Chitarra,' a tool that looks like a small guitar that creates the stringy pasta. This particular dish is a favorite of my family's; every year we look forward to going to the same restaurant on the beach, Mare Stella, to indulge on this dish that is chittarina mixed in with mussels and a type of shrimp, complete with a fresh and flavorful tomato sauce base.


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Now for dessert, this pastry has a fun, kind of offensive, story to its name and appearance. It's called 'Sise delle Monache,' which literally translate to . . . breasts of the nuns. Despite its strange name, the spongy pastry is filled with an egg-based custard and icing sugar and fills the streets of the Guardiagrele with a lovely sugary scent. This pastry has even been written about by the Italian poet Gabriele D'Annunzio. You can read more about this pastry here.


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There are a lot more foods and traditions that are distinctly Abruzzese, some that I have yet to try myself. Abruzzo is different than other places like Rome and Florence.

Because Abruzzo is not particularly a tourist region, it has managed to contain an authentic culture that is rooted in tradition. The dialect is spoken on a daily basis, everyone is very friendly and talkative with each other, work is not a priority (but enjoying life and taking it day by day is), spending time with family, drinking wine and coffee of the highest quality, and taking a passegiata, or stroll, at night when the weather permits are all important aspects of the culture. So, you tell me, why wouldn't I want to live there?

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30 Places Every Millennial Girl Needs To Travel To BEFORE She Turns 30

Live your best life, all around the world.
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I am a travel enthusiast. There is nowhere I do not want to go.

Traveling the world is one of my biggest goals in life and I am determined to make it happen. The world is so big and I would love to see every inch of it at some point or another.

However, if I can travel to these 30 places before I turn 30, I will feel as though I have accomplished more than enough.

1. New York City, New York

2. New Orleans, Louisiana

3. Grand Canyon, Arizona

4. Las Vegas, Nevada

5. San Francisco, California

6. Los Angeles, California

7. Nashville, Tennessee

8. Honolulu, Hawaii

9. Walt Disney World, Florida

10. Chicago, Illinois

11. Nassau, Bahamas

12. Cozumel, Mexico

13. Cancún, Mexico

14. Bridgetown, Barbados

15. Basseterre, St. Kitts

16. Philipsburg, St. Maarten

17. Montego Bay, Jamacia

18. Christiansted, St. Croix

19. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

20. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

21. Tortola Baths, Tortola

22. San Juan, Puerto Rico

23. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

24. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

25. Oranjestad, Aruba

26. Mykonos, Greece

27. London, England

28. Paris, France

29. Barcelona, Spain

30. Rome, Italy

Okay, so these are 30 places I want to go out of like, a million. I have traveled to some of these places and would not hesitate one second to go back.

Every new place is like a new adventure, and traveling will forever be so exciting and intruiging to me.

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Valuable Takeaways You Will Get From Studying Abroad

The things you'll remember most won't be the "crazy parties", but memories much more meaningful than that.

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Everyone who studies abroad always comes back saying the same cliche things, such as how study abroad absolutely changed them or how they feel like they just belong in the place they studied in. Others will boast about skipping all their classes and partying every other night, which in a way, are also unique experiences. After 4 months abroad, I can assure you that although there is some truth in all of those statements, the reality is more of a mild mix of all of them. You will create unforgettable memories with friends and spend time partying it up in the city, but you will also come to genuinely appreciate your city for its small quirks instead of the major touristy activities. Regardless of your experience, however, here are some lessons everyone will have taken from their time abroad.

1. More Independence

No matter how well traveled you were before starting this semester abroad, when you're thrown into a foreign country with no one familiar, you'll be forced to grow up quickly. From figuring out how to interact with your non-student neighbors to figuring out meals every single day, studying abroad will help you grow up quickly. This may be the first time that you'll be away from everyone you know for more than a few weeks, and you'll have to find ways to cope with it.

2. New Perspectives

After spending more than 10 years in the American education system, learning about events like World War II and the Global Financial Crisis from a non-American perspective can be extremely eye-opening. Interactions and discussions with international students from other countries will leave you baffled at how many major things in history that your public high school education back in America never taught you. Picnics with your classmates will reveal new foods that you have never been exposed to, but that you now love and must eat once a week. The world is a diverse place, and it required you to get out of the country to truly realize it.

3. Travel opportunities

In the US, you could drive 7 hours from Los Angeles and still end up in California. In Europe or Asia or any other place, transportation methods under that same time can get you to another country or even multiple countries. Instead of a weekend trip to the mountains in the same state, you can take a train from Paris and end up in London a mere two hours later. With different countries so close together, take as many chances as possible to explore as much as you can. That being said, don't forget to travel within your own country and thoroughly explore the place you're living in!

4. Lifelong friendships

Even if you're an introvert, you'll find someone you can get along well with while abroad. Slowly but surely, you'll make that study buddy, gym buddy, boba buddy, or whatever-else-you-do buddy. Realistically, you won't be able to meet up with these people anytime soon after your time abroad, but you'll become so close to them during these few months because you're all on your own for the first time. Every few years, you'll still be compelled to meet up and catch up with them. Every time you visit a country, you'll be able to hit up the friend you made while studying abroad who lives there.

Everyone's study abroad experience will be different, but as long as you put yourself out there and make the most of your time abroad, you will come home with some of the fondest memories of your life.

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