i’m back with an interview with…me!

Just a quick note to direct you to an interview I did with My Melange: Infusing European Culture into Your Lifestyle.

Check me out, would you? Be forewarned that I’m about to get in your face! Hah!

You’ll understand in a moment.

ionian sea, montepaone, calabria, italy

Wish you were here!


[tags]ionian sea, sea, calabria, montepaone, southern italy[/tags]

34 Beans of Wisdom to “i’m back with an interview with…me!”
  1. Farfallina - Roam 2 Rome

    Aaaaah, very pretty! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    You’re right!

    You did get in our face πŸ™‚

  2. My Melange


    I was just being true to your personality…that is, larger than life! πŸ˜‰


  3. JoAnn's-Photo-A-Day,

    hmmmm, where are you,

    ehh dolce dolcetta, haha!

    Just kidding, from me DUTCHY JoAnn

  4. Laane

    That was fun to read.

  5. Shan

    Great interview!

    Beautiful picture. I’d like to climb right into it.

  6. Gil

    Good interview! I wish I was sitting on that deck right now having a few coffees.

  7. sognatrice

    Farfallina, I warned you!

    Robin, cute, although you should probably edit that to my “online” personality–in real life, I’m really quite introverted….

    JoAnn, see, I told you I’d still be around–you found me!

    Laane, glad you enjoyed; the questions were fabulous.

    Shan, thanks; the photo is rather inviting–especially since there are no people in it. Tends to get crowded around here at this time of year, and I think you might be with me on hoping for the fewest number of people around in order to relax πŸ˜‰

  8. sognatrice

    Thanks Gil; would be a lovely place to lounge away the morning, wouldn’t it? This photo was taken in June when there was still no one around. Now? Not so relaxing, but come September…. πŸ˜‰

  9. Romerican

    Great interview- complimenti (=

  10. Jen

    I really enjoyed reading that. I still have fantasies about moving to either the Netherlands or Italy… probably the Netherlands and travel to Italy a lot!

  11. qualcosa di bello

    sognatrice…i’ve got to know if the great pizza from your hometown you mention in the interview is matucci’s???

  12. The Passionate Palate

    Ohhhh…I wish I was there, too! Great interview – very articulate and entertaining as always Sognatrice. I enjoyed all the links in the article, too. Now enjoy that vacation!

  13. Deb R

    Fun interview!

    I love that photo.

  14. The Freelance Cynic

    Yep, in my face. Lovely. Great Stuff

  15. The Freelance Cynic

    Yep, in my face. Lovely. Great Stuff

  16. Beckie

    I checked out the interview – Great! It was very informative! I am going to add you to my blogroll so I don’t forget to stop by.

  17. JennieBoo

    What a lovely pic…

    I enjoyed the post, too! πŸ˜‰

  18. SabineM

    Very nice interview and a nice way to get to “know” the Sognatrice! πŸ™‚

  19. Cherrye

    Nice pic! And – great interview. I think you are right about the 6 months thing…I am noticing I can understand more and more. Although, my post today is about NOT understanding! lol

  20. Judy Thomas

    I’m about to go visit your interview. Just wanted to say thanks for dropping by and for the nice words about the new site. And (btw) you are still entered… we have a special prize for any international reader that wins. πŸ™‚
    Have a good one.

  21. Judy Thomas

    Back.. GREAT interview. Reminds me a lot of when I lived in Brazil… I miss the fresh food and being able just to walk down to the corner market for the day’s vegies. I’m planning on visiting you and Cherrye one day… you’ve been warned! (and immersion is the BEST way to learn a language)

  22. sognatrice

    Romerican, grazie πŸ™‚

    Jen, sounds like a great plan to me–best of luck!

    Qualcosa, hah! No, I’m not talking about Matucci’s (don’t tell anyone, but I’m not crazy about their pizza–and the owner is my sister-in-law’s godfather!). I’m talking about Pete’s, which used to be in Atlas but is now technically in Kulpmont–still on Route 61 though πŸ™‚ Other favorites include Hollywood (MC), James’ (Shamokin, and Tower of Pizza (Marion Heights). Man we have some good pizza around those parts.


    Jeni, thanks–I’m very much enjoying time away from the computer, although as you can see, I can’t stay completely away πŸ˜‰

    Deb, glad you liked the interview and the photo πŸ™‚

    Freelance Cynic, well you were awfully in my face here as well–nice πŸ™‚

    Beckie, thank you much! I’m honored to be a part of your blogroll πŸ™‚

    Linda, that photo was taken in Montepaone Lido, about a half hour drive from where I am (same spot, more or less, as the postcard photo from the previous post).

    JennieBoo and SabineM, glad you likey!

    Cherrye, well, I never said that *every* day was easy at the 6-month mark; there are still some frustrations. I’ll head over to your place shortly πŸ™‚

    Judy, thanks for coming over and letting me know the good news!

  23. Karina

    Love love love the above picture! I wish I were there too!

    I went over and read your interview and it was a really great read! It seems you always put a lot of thought into what you say/write and I really appreciate that as one of your “readers”…thanks for sharing a little bit more about yourself!

  24. Taffiny

    Oh, now I am hungry (reading lasagna link) and feel exceedingly boring, as I have not moved to Italy, or anywhere else pretty, or with good food. I live a stones throw from where I grew up. My husband and I sometimes sit around and ask each other why “why, do we still live here?”. Best answer we have is, this area is low on natural disasters (and also we like our house).

    It is nice to travel with you, through your words. And to know that some people don’t sit around dreaming, and wondering; they just do things.

  25. Linda


    What a beautiful picture, where was this taken at.

    I would love to be sitting there in the morning with a caffe’ listening to the world start a new day.

  26. Wanderlust Scarlett

    Oh yes… I very much wish I was there.

    You should sell your photos, then people all over the world could stare at them wistfully every day.

    I do. I rather enjoy it too!!

    Scarlett & Viaggiatore

  27. Audra

    What a beautiful interview! Grazie di cuore!!!

  28. sognatrice

    Karina, why thank you for your kind words; I like to think that I say what I mean and mean what I say, although sometimes the words get in the way, so to speak–thanks for noticing πŸ˜‰

    Taffiny, you know, everyone has a path to follow in life, and I’m sure you know that the grass is always greener on the other side. Honestly, most people could never be happy where I am, but it works for me and so I go with it–and I hope you have a similar feeling about your natural disaster proof place!

    Liking your house, btw, is no small feat–I’m not one for fancy cars and whatnot, but if my house isn’t homey and comfortable, I’m simply not happy.

    Linda, we’ve probably just confused people since I answered your question before you asked…yeah well…I’m in tune with my readers that way πŸ˜‰

    Scarlett, when will you come?!

    Audra, I’m happy you liked it; can’t wait till you fill out yours someday!

  29. Enza

    been trying to comment for days but blogger world hates me or something πŸ™ Loved the interview!

  30. Emsk

    Bellissimo, il mare!

    This just makes me want to get on a plane to Italy right now. I’ve yet to see the sea here in Japan yet, but it’s crowded in summer, of course.

    How are you enjoying the Ferragosto? BTW, I tested out my Japanese on one of my students yesterday – do I speak with an Italian accent, I asked her. She couldn’t tell – maybe it’s just the gaijins who can!

  31. sognatrice

    Enza, well I’m happy Blogger finally let you in; I’ve been having trouble commenting recently too πŸ™

    Emsk, Ferragosto was crazy as always–so many people. Yes, it’s definitely better to hit our beaches at pretty much any other time πŸ˜‰

    I’m still laughing about Italian accent…in Japanese!

  32. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen

    That was a great interview! Thanks for sharing it with us!

    Hope you are enjoying summer!

  33. sognatrice

    Thanks Jenn; I’m definitely enjoying a little more free time–hope all is well in FL πŸ™‚

  34. 01.17.2008

    Oh, I liked that interview! Your life sounds like such great fun. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    This Eclectic Life’s last blog post..Thursday Thirteen # 34. What Rattles Around in My Head

    Hi Shelly! Fun is definitely a priority although not always attainable…I do what I can πŸ˜‰

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