Family Ties

For my first blog entry I thought I would expand on why I took this class. I have an interest in Italian due to my family ties there.

When my mother was young my grandfather, a pharmacist, decided he wanted to become a doctor. However because he was older no schools here would accept him. So he applied to the University of Bologna, located in Northern Italy. He was accepted and the whole family made the trip to Italy where they stayed for 6 years. Bologna is where my mother’s side of the family is originally from so it was a bit of a homecoming for my grandparents. After their time was up they all came back to the US with the exception of my uncle who stayed and finished his doctorate also at the University in Bologna. My uncle can still speak Italian fluently. So well in fact that people often ask him what part of the country he is from because they do not understand his accent. I want to learn Italian because one day I want to travel to Italy and meet the family who is still there. It could be great to let them get to know me in their own language. I am hoping that what I learn here will help me to do just that one day.

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One thought on “Family Ties

  1. judithgarcia says:

    Buona sera Chris,
    Grazie mille per il tuo post. It is a wonderful story to hear about your family staying for 6 years in Bologna. What a fantastic experience, and the fact that your uncle stayed there makes your desire to learn Italian even more poignant. I hope you get to learn as much as you can so that you can have conversations with him in Italian, 🙂

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