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  1. 3/31/2012
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    Great article Kate. I am loving your Blog and sharing with my followers as well. Keep up the great work!

    • kate
      3/31/2012
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      Thanks so much Adrian. I really appreciate the support :) Makes for a happy Saturday!

  2. 4/2/2012
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    These are great ideas. I’ll also get language tapes/podcasts and practice learning Italian, since I’m going there next!

    • kate
      4/2/2012
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      I’ve always wanted to learn Italian – I’m working on my French right now, but I think Italian is next. Have fun on your trip!

  3. 4/3/2012
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    Kate, if you’ve got French up to speed, then learning Italian will become easier. Getting your head around the fact that all nouns are gendered is part of the battle, and declining verbs is the other big one. Erk. I still make too many mistakes to mention, even after three years living here, but having a thorough grounding in French and Latin from childhood really helped me at the start.

    I love your list of blogs – I shall definitely be adding a few of those to my reading list. I can’t travel until June, so I’m whiling away the time planning what I’m going to do when that comes around.
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    • kate
      4/4/2012
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      Wow Katja, Latin and French from childhood – you lucky duck! I wish I could travel back in time to when I was young and tell my parents to teach me another language. The only language learning that went on in my house was my great Aunt teaching me Spanish numbers from Uno cards. The strange thing is that she was German.

      Must be amazing immersing yourself in a culture and having to use the language on a regular basis – do you ever dream in Italian?

  4. Fun ideas, Kate. I’m all for being a tourist in my own town. In fact, I just did that. My boyfriend, Mark, and I were heading out for breakfast (okay, at 1:30 in the afternoon) and we decided to check out Frank, the restaurant at the Art Gallery of Toronto, then we checked out the European art at the gallery. It was exactly what we might have done at the Louvre, only this was Toronto. It was nice to get out of the same old Sunday rut.

    • kate
      4/4/2012
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      Oooh Toronto what a great place to call your home base! I love that you had breakfast at 1:30, afternoon is the best time for breakfast I say.

  5. Great ideas, Kate. Picking up on #5, drinking wines from around the world is a great way to travel without leaving home. The labels can be like postage stamps and share the unique terroir of the regions they come from. Opening a bottle of wine you can picture yourself in that spot. Pairing food to the wine is the perfect next step. Thanks and enjoy! Doug at the Authentic Seacoast

    • kate
      4/4/2012
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      Absolutely Doug! – I can’t believe I forgot wine! I always feel a strong connection to where wine is from when I am drinking it. It truly is like traveling without leaving your seat. Love love love your thoughts about the labels. Thanks for stopping by!

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