On The Road Again: Vado in Italia

Ponte Vecchio, 1990, Florence, Italy

On Tuesday, I am off to Italy for five weeks. After a few days in Rome, I will be spending four weeks in Florence studying Italian language and culture. The picture above was taken in 1990, the first time I visited Florence—actually the first time I visited Italy. I was traveling with a friend on a Eurail Pass. We did six cities in six countries in two weeks. This was long before the internet—when you could travel without reservations and let the tourist offices in the train stations find you a hotel. Florence was my favorite place. I loved the architecture, the art, the smell of antiquity, the age of the city. I returned several times, but I haven’t visited Florence for about 18 years. I am excited to be spending time living in this fabulous place for a month. The course, for Seniors 50+, is offered through the Istituto Michelangelo, an Italian language school in Florence. If any fellow bloggers happen to be traveling through Florence in October, let me know. We could meet for coffee or gelato.



K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Challenge: Five Ways To Friday

Swahili – Ijummaa

Watering Hole, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Watering Hole, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Friday at the watering hole, Etosha National Park, Namibia. A pride of lions gathers to relax and drink at a watering hole. Swahili is not spoken in Namibia but the same scene could be witnesses in many of the parks in Zambia and Tanzania. English is the official language of Namibia, but there are at least five ways to say Friday:  Friday (English); Vryday (Afrikaans); Freitag (German); Etitano (Ndango/Owambo); and Oritjatano ( Herero).

From Travel Namibia:  The new constitution drawn up at the time of Namibian independence designated English as the official language, even though it was the native tongue of only about two per cent of the population. It was decided that with English, all ethnic groups would be at equal disadvantage. If you want to make friends it pays to know just a few words in the local lingo. Saying ‘hello’ is always a good start….

• Afrikaans (the most common lingua franca): Hallo

• Damara/Nama (! denotes a tongue click in this difficult language): !Gai tses

• German (widely spoken): Guten Tag

• Herero/Himba (useful in North Central Namibia): Tjike

• !kung San (more tongue clicking in Northern Namibia): !Kao

• Lozi/Rosti (widely spoken in Caprivi): Eeni, sha

• Owambo (The most common first language): Wa lalapo (morning) Wa tokelwapo (evening)

K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Challenge: Friday Around the World

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