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Ciao, mi chiamo Brigitte…

Hey, I’m Brigitte.  I am called Brigitte.  Benvenuto.  Buongiorno.

My friend Honie at honiebriggs.com send me this postcard from Italy.  I'm in a classroom learning about it.  Yeah.

My friend Honie at honiebriggs.com sent me this postcard from Italy. This is her and her husband in Italy.
I’m in a classroom learning about Italy. Yeah.

As a continuing quest for me to do something new for myself every week — an adventure — from tiny to big and bold, this week I took my first Italian class.  I’ll be doing this once a week for the next five weeks.  I’m sure I’ll be fluent by the end of it.

Not.

It’s not easy, learning a new language.  I am in awe of those who come to our great, beautiful country (USA) and learn our language.  Our language, full of slang, words that sound the same and are spelled differently, the way some of us drop r’s, insert another syllable into a one-syllable word. The way we get lazy with our language, slur our words together or just butcher it.  We’re all guilty of it.

Benone!

I am in awe of those who speak more than one language.  Words, gestures, accents all mean something when we are communicating, speaking to each other.  Italian is such a gorgeous and romantic language.  It just sounds sexy, don’t you think?  When you speak it, you can’t help but feel it.

This guy made Italy a country in 1871.  Guiseppe Garibaldi.

This guy made Italy a country in 1871. Guiseppe Garibaldi.

I watched the instructor as she spoke Italian and once we kind of learned how to introduce ourselves in Italian, she would answer back.  Her eyes would widen, her smile big and bright.  Her face would light up, she’d extend a hand or slightly bow as she addressed us.  She’d move around the room and gesture with her hands.  Her whole body was in it.  Bella!

She obviously loves sharing her love of this language.  She lived in Italy for over twenty years and raised two sons there.  She has a slight Long Island accent but her Italian, perfecto — from rolling her r’s to stressing a syllable or word, as she says Hard!  It’s not only fun learning but a treat watching her watch us absorb it.

From what I understand the way in which you accent/stress a syllable of a word can make the difference in someone understanding what you saying or not.  It’s week one and I’m still trying to get the phonetics down.  We pronounced the Italian alphabet (there’s 21 letters in it and it uses five additional letters in words of foreign origin).

da Vinci and his ideal human proportions.  okay.

da Vinci and his ideal human proportions. Hmmm.

Their a is an ah, e is an a, i is an e, o an o and u, an ooh.  And they are spoken sharply and clearly.  Sound it out to see what I mean.  That’s why they seem so passionate about everything — Italians speak with all their facial muscles and with much gusto — spelled exactly the same in Italian but said like GOO-STO! with your hand raising up and your mouth pursed out.

Fato — Fatto

I know this isn’t much of a post and those of you who are bilingual, especially those who speak Italian can probably point out many mistakes here.  But I’m learning and it’s fun and who knows?  Maybe by the time I visit a few of the twenty regions that make up Italy (each of them having a capital — are you impressed with my knowledge?), I can at least order some food or ask where the bathroom is.

Chianti to drink and a great candle holder after it's empty.

Chianti to drink and a great candle holder after it’s empty.

Or where the Chianti is which is pronounced/spelled exactly the same as it is here in the United States.  Only they say it with a smile and much aplomb before they even drink any.

Oh yeah, and I can roll the hell out of my R’s.

This guy can sing.

This guy can sing.

Try some Pavarotti.  

(I’d recommend during a summer thunderstorm cooking something Italian whilst sipping an Italian wine.  Not to be too specific or anything.)

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Do you know/speak another language?  Can you translate the subtitles above?  Do like spaghetti?  What’s your favorite romantic language and why?

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98 thoughts on “Ciao, mi chiamo Brigitte…

  1. I’m from quite an anglicised part of Wales originally, and even though I currently live in west Wales where the Welsh language is spoken more frequently I still can’t say I have much of a proficiency in the Welsh language. My friend from Spain has learned Welsh (through her second language – English, I might add) and she can hold a conversation with first language Welsh speakers. That’s more than I can do! How impressive is that?!

    Posted by hannah meiklejohn | March 14, 2013, 9:03 am
  2. I have to disagree with you, Brigitte, when you say, “I know this isn’t much of a post.” I’m really enjoying your weekly adventures and am reminded in my own life how important it is to explore, to try new things and to learn. (And now I’m thinking, “Hmmm…it would be kind of cool to learn Italian…”)

    Posted by Deliberately Delicious | March 14, 2013, 9:06 am
  3. Brava! Brava! Bellissima. :-)

    I was born in USA of Italian parents. Sadly I never learned to speak the language fluently, but as kids we knew when we were in trouble. I respond to commands and of course when being yelled at. Ha-ha!

    On a side note: One thing I find amusing is when I dine out in an Italian restaurant (which isn’t often these days because I have been a vegan for 2 years) and the servers will pronounce Bruschetta as Brew-shet-tah and that is not correct. It is pronounced: Brew-sket-tah. The ch is pronounced hard not soft. Way back, before converting to veganism, I was dining in an Italian restaurant with my husband. I told my server we would like an order of Brew-sket-tah and he laughed and said, “Oh, you mean ‘Broo-shet-tah?” and I said, “Yes.” I didn’t bother correcting him on the pronunciation because sometimes it’s just not worth it.
    :-)

    Posted by GiRRL_Earth | March 14, 2013, 9:10 am
    • Susan, prego, prego! (is that right?). Well at least you could figure out that you were in trouble. You know, I’ve heard those that speak Italian correctly pronounce it the way you’ve explained here. I don’t blame you — why try to explain? YOU knew. Pronunciation is everything! Thank you for stopping by and giving me your Italian viewpoint — it’s greatly appreciated. Grazie!

      Posted by Brigitte | March 14, 2013, 9:39 am
      • Yes prego is correct. :-)

        I love listening to Italian. You have now motivated me to sign up for lessons.

        My father’s family originates from Mecina, Sicily. My mom’s family originates from Ancona, Marche and Acquaro, Calabria. I have never been to any of these places but it is on my bucket list. ;-)

        Posted by GiRRL_Earth | March 14, 2013, 9:50 am
  4. Good for you! I took 4 years of German in high school and promptly forgot most of it. Except window (fenster). I don’t know why that word stuck. Then, more recently, I took 3 years of Spanish at our local college. This taught me a GREAT respect for all bilingual people, who I’m convinced are the smartest people ever! And also my Spanish learning experience taught me I’m too old to learn anything new. My brain is dead, and I still don’t know Spanish.

    Posted by Katie | March 14, 2013, 9:15 am
    • Hi Katie, well now I know how to say window in German — thank you! ;) Wow, three years of Spanish. I know I have a huge respect for those who can learn/speak different languages. I’m trying very hard to soak up as much as I can. What’s so difficult is that some words are feminine and some masculine. And I disagree — you’re never too old to learn something new. Thank you!!

      Posted by Brigitte | March 14, 2013, 9:35 am
  5. I’ve taken italian classes, and you’re right – you can’t help but feel it and wave your hands. Its musicality is the reason it works so well in opera, just asking for a kilo of brussels sprouts or directions to the carpark sounds like poetry!

    Posted by The Reclining Gentleman | March 14, 2013, 9:16 am
  6. Fun post, Brigitte! I speak Spanish and while I’m not perfectly fluent, I would say I’m functional. I can carry on a conversation on just about any topic and Peter and I have traveled to remote places in Spain and Mexico and gotten along just fine. I also speak some Italian and a little French, and I understand more than I speak in those languages. Even if I don’t speak fluently, it’s important to learn what I call the “amenties.” Good morning, Good afternoon, Good night, Please, thank you, excuse me, Sir, Madame. In Europe, just knowing those phrases goes a long way towards meeting and getting along well with the people there. Sounds like you’re exploring a new language, Brigitte. Have fun!

    Posted by Cathy Ulrich | March 14, 2013, 9:40 am
    • Cathy, it doesn’t surprise me in the least that you know another language. That’s so nice and invaluable. I think if you can get the phonetics down and a pretty good understanding you can understand other languages — sort of. And yes, I want to get all the vital stuff — really learn them before I go traveling around. That’s my intention and goal so we will see. Thank you and fun is what it’s all about.

      Posted by Brigitte | March 14, 2013, 9:43 am
  7. I’m delighted to have found you. Loved this post. It inspired me, made me smile and will definitely have me coming back! Thanks.

    Posted by socialbridge | March 14, 2013, 9:41 am
  8. Wow how brilliant, sounds like your already having great fun, look forward to reading more about it over the coming weeks :) x

    Posted by manty67 | March 14, 2013, 10:00 am
  9. Love this! I too am envious of those who are bilingual I took four years of French, but didn’t retain much. You are such an adventurer! Ciao Bella!

    Posted by susielindau | March 14, 2013, 10:20 am
  10. It’s true, this slang twanger loves Italian language, people, food, capital cities (old and new) countryside and coast! Brigitte, it is wonderful that you are doing this for yourself! The words we used most were grazie, prego, & ciao, but I found myself making the eh sound at the end of phrases in English. Too funny that I picked up on that from each of our guides, it was so natural to emulate their beautifully spoken English that I didn’t realize I was doing it until, of course, my husband pointed it out.
    This post is MOHL-toh BEH-neh’. Ciao Bella~~

    Posted by Honie Briggs | March 14, 2013, 10:36 am
  11. Favorite romance language? Scottish, because it sounds so much like English, but… Seriously, I’ll go with French because I remember my first teacher grabbing my jaw and making an oval of her own lips and exclaiming, “Ou! Ou! Ou! Like a monkey, ou!” It’s a lesson that’s stayed with me the rest of my life, and while I no longer understand French like I did, my pronunciation is au fait ;) Good luck in class, it sounds like a blast!

    Posted by Vickie Lester | March 14, 2013, 11:57 am
    • Hi Vickie, French is one of my favorites as well and I was torn between the two. But I can try French the next time after I’ve mastered this one! (yeah, right I’m sure I’ll master it in six weeks). And welcome, Vickie — I love your blog. I see that Brigitte Bardot is on it. I was named after her. Thanks!!

      Posted by Brigitte | March 14, 2013, 4:57 pm
  12. Brava! I work with a woman from Italy and I love her accent when she’s speaking English, the R rolling is outstanding! And when she is talking to her mother on the phone? fuhgeddaboutit!

    I speak French, kinda sorta. When I went to school in France I got so that I could understand Italian but not speak it. Romance languages are much easier once you know one of them :)

    Posted by Maggie O'C | March 14, 2013, 12:51 pm
  13. I majored in French years ago, and although I never use it anymore, I could get by in the country if lost for a day. But I would love to learn Spanish. So practical in the US. I keep telling myself I will. Maybe some day. Good luck with the Italian!

    Posted by Carrie Rubin | March 14, 2013, 12:54 pm
    • I’d like to learn French as well, Carrie but since we so want to go to Italy, we thought we’d start with that and you’re right — it would be very advantageous to speak fluent Spanish. If I can grasp any of this, maybe I can do the same with Spanish. Thank you.

      Posted by Brigitte | March 14, 2013, 4:49 pm
  14. Cool adventure. Italian is so beautiful too! Have lots of fun.

    Posted by char | March 14, 2013, 3:23 pm
  15. Come see me for some voice lessons when you want to try singing in Italian. :) Pavarotti would be proud!

    Posted by notedinnashville | March 14, 2013, 3:30 pm
  16. The chianti tastes even better when being served with your favourite Italian dish – in Italy of course just back a week after a brief visit.
    Slan = good bye in the Irish language.

    Posted by C.J. Black | March 14, 2013, 4:12 pm
  17. what a lovely language to learn – I know a little French (like I can say my last name and the dictee words for my kids when they were in French immersion and they laughed at me)

    Posted by on thehomefrontandbeyond | March 14, 2013, 4:13 pm
    • I’ll bet you do know some French, Lou Ann since that language is spoken in Canada, right? I’d love to know French too. That’s very cool you talked to you kids in French. How avant garde, mon ami. I have no idea what I just said but it sounded good.

      Posted by Brigitte | March 14, 2013, 4:52 pm
      • Seriously not that many Canadians outside of Quebec speak French — there are areas — so even though we have two official languages, there are not that many of us conversant in both — that is why I put my kids in French immersion–I wanted them to have the advantage of the two languages

        Posted by on thehomefrontandbeyond | March 14, 2013, 8:05 pm
  18. I studied French in high school and college and could probably get by again with a bit of practice. Then there’s a bit of Spanish and even less of Serbian. Have fun with the Italian! I’ve always thought that reading it is close enough to French that I can get the gist of the text. But understanding the spoken language is another story!

    Posted by jmmcdowell | March 14, 2013, 6:38 pm
  19. Ciao, amica mia! I am so behind on reading your posts (and everyone else’s posts too, actually). But it’s so exciting to hear that you’re learning Italian. Italiano è una lingua molto bella, si? The pronunciation can be tricky because it’s so nuanced—the soft “t” sound vs the slightly harder “tt” sound, things like that. I grew up hearing Italian because of my mother’s family (unfortunately I don’t speak it very well), but to this day I cannot roll my r’s. I can’t even fake it! Anyway, congratulations on your new adventure!!

    Posted by Madame Weebles | March 14, 2013, 6:44 pm
    • Hey Weebs, that’s okay. Glad you stopped by – you’re always welcome of course. And I’m just going to answer Si to your question because I know molto Bella is good. And yes you’re right about that. The instructor is really focusing on that. How cool you grew up hearing Italian. I got the r rolling thing down though. It’s a gift. ;). Thanks, J.

      Posted by Brigitte | March 14, 2013, 7:29 pm
  20. Ooh I love ALL foods Italian!
    Brava, for taking on a new language! I studied French in high school and Spanish in college–now I speak “Franish”, a combination of the two, and not all that well. I’d love to resume my Spanish studies–and maybe I will! I see Groupon deals for Rosetta Stone often… Hmmm…..

    Posted by runningonsober | March 14, 2013, 7:01 pm
    • I know. I don’t think there is any bad Italian food. I bet Franish sounds quite exotic and lovely. I didn’t know Groupon had deals with Rosetta Stone. That’s a great idea. Thanks, Christy.

      Posted by Brigitte | March 14, 2013, 7:31 pm
  21. I speak German and French and love Spanish and want to learn it! Ti amo

    Posted by dianasschwenk | March 14, 2013, 7:58 pm
  22. I spent the afternoon with my dear friend, Enrico, discussing the recent papal elections as only an Italian, and a Roman at that, could do. Although he’s lived in this country for many years, he’s lost none of his Italian intonation or charm! Good for you, Brigitte! xoxoM

    Posted by Margarita | March 14, 2013, 8:28 pm
  23. This reminds me of a girl I went to high school with who was full Italian and could speak it fluently. She was very proud of that fact and lost no opportunity in showing it off sometimes. We would have been very annoyed had we not been so entranced by the way it sounded. On a side note, I absolutely adore Italian food.
    Growing up bilingual, I never thought it was a big deal until one day, when I was talking to my mom on the phone (using a mixture of 80% Chinese, 20% English) and someone gasped at how amazing that was, being able to “switch from one language to the other so rapidly.” Your post definitely gave me an appreciation for knowing more than one language. I have confidence that you’ll be jabbering in Italian in no time. :)

    Posted by lillianccc | March 14, 2013, 10:07 pm
    • Hi Lillian, I don’t know if I could speak it fluently I’d probably be showing off all the time too — it’s so pretty. ;). I’m right there with you with the Italian food thing, though. Of course I knew you would be bilingual and I’ll bet you do take it for granted but I just think is’s so cool and wonderful that you can understand two different languages and cultures. You should be proud! I don’t know about knowing the Italian but I’ll definitely be jabbering something that hopefully someone in Italy could understand. Thanks, Lillian.

      Posted by Brigitte | March 15, 2013, 1:12 pm
  24. Yeah! I love languages!! I tried auditing Italian – you need to do the work and speak the speak!

    Posted by Rutabaga the Mercenary Researcher | March 14, 2013, 11:54 pm
    • I know. I wish I knew several. Oh, so you’ve sat in Italian classes to check it out? It’s not so easy, huh? Ciao and grazie!

      Posted by Brigitte | March 15, 2013, 1:13 pm
      • It’s not something I can just sit in on – I have to participate!

        Posted by Rutabaga the Mercenary Researcher | March 15, 2013, 1:13 pm
      • Well, you go girl. I thought auditing meant sitting in on a class and observing. Obviously I don’t understand English either. ;)

        Posted by Brigitte | March 15, 2013, 1:20 pm
      • It is to sit in on a class and not get a grade nor have to do the required work. I ahve to do it all to learn it – but I’ve been teaching myself Russian via Mango Languages (it’s free thru my public library) and it’s pretty damn cool!!

        Posted by Rutabaga the Mercenary Researcher | March 15, 2013, 1:22 pm
      • That’s very cool, Ruta! I don’t think the libraries here offer that. This is a continuing Ed class so there’s really no grade but I’m in it to learn. We’ll see. Russian must be very difficult!

        Posted by Brigitte | March 15, 2013, 1:31 pm
      • I love Russian – it’s just difficult b/c they don’t use our alphabet so there’s nothing to associate a particular Cyrillic letter with a sound (at this point)…but I love the way it sounds coming from a man’s mouth, I have to say…
        Enjoy your class – you rock and inspire me!

        Posted by Rutabaga the Mercenary Researcher | March 15, 2013, 1:35 pm
      • Why thank you, Ruta — what a wonderful thing to say. I needed that today. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend.

        Posted by Brigitte | March 15, 2013, 1:37 pm
  25. Congratulations on embracing the challenge of learning a new language, Brig. I think that’s very cool. My father’s Italian by way of Chicago. When I was a kid whenever he was feeling operatic, which was fairly often, he’d speak with an improvised Italian accent. Even though he only knew one word in the language, our family surname, I remember when he boisterously asked my mother, “Passa da burro!” My mother, the resident cynic, who was of Spanish-Irish-French descent, handed him the butter and said, “Here’s the jackass.”

    After you’re fluent, you must reward yourself with a trip to the land of my ancestors … Of course, that can also mean visiting the donkey in the Bronx zoo.

    Posted by lameadventures | March 15, 2013, 2:14 pm
    • Hi V, thank you — I’m trying to do a lot of new things. Keep busy for all different kinds of reasons. The upside is that I’m learning all kinds of things (about myself included). I also speak with an improvised Italian accent and I think it’s very good (I have no idea what anyone else thinks). I love the banter between your parents — you’ve written about it before. I know where you got your funny and your dry, hilarious wit. I would love to reward myself with a trip to Italy. Until then that donkey in the Bronx sounds like a pretty good substitute. :). Happy weekend, V and thank you.

      Posted by Brigitte | March 15, 2013, 2:36 pm
  26. Good for you, Brigitte. Super awesome! Soon you be able to watch ‘La vita e bella’ without subtitles!

    Posted by mabukach | March 15, 2013, 3:32 pm
    • Ah, shucks I hope I can pull it off. The fact that I used the word shucks should tell you just how far I have to go. And I’ve seen Life Is Beautiful which is an absolute treat, with or without subtitles. Thanks, Mike.

      Posted by Brigitte | March 15, 2013, 5:32 pm
  27. Sorry to arrive a day late to the party, Brig! I had a busy day yesterday!! I did read it but didn’t comment. :(
    I’m so impressed that you’re taking Italian!! I love the way you describe it – it is a language that you actually feel. You’re right. Having grown up in New York, I’m a real hand gesture talker, myself. I think it comes from being passionate – when words are just not enough :)
    I love the scenes/storyline in Eat, Pray, Love when she’s in Italy. Did you read it? The idea of feasting on pasta and pizza everyday is right up my alley. I think Italians are passionate, bigger than life, romantic, sort of people. You’ve inspired me! I may look into the local college to see what’s available. (Even though I’m terrible with languages, it could be fun?)
    Love this happy post!!
    Lisa

    Posted by A Gripping Life | March 15, 2013, 3:38 pm
    • Hey Lisa, it’s okay. It’s nice to be busy. That’s what I’m trying to do — stay busy. You can comment or not comment although I must say I love to see you here — you just get accustomed to seeing certain peeps, you know? I’m behind on commenting on some blogs, yours included. Oh yes, I read Eat, Pray, Love way before the movie (which didn’t do it justice) came out. I could go for that feasting every day without worrying about every little thing that we eat. It’s exhausting! And I think you’re right about the Italian people being passionate and rather carefree. I could use some carefree these days. I figure why not take a class, right? You just never know where it could lead. Thank you, my friend. xo

      Posted by Brigitte | March 15, 2013, 5:36 pm
  28. Kudos to you for learning another language, Brig. Despite the fact that I taught ESL, the idea of willfully taking the steps to learn a foreign language is extremely daunting to me and something I don’t think I could commit myself to (when I was in school, foreign language courses always really overwhelmed me and I never had a lot of success with them.) That doesn’t mean that I don’t like the sound of other languages, though. Korean will always have a special place in my heart. I can always feel my blood pressure go down when I hear it. I just equate it with safety, solitude, and a really happy time in my life. But French is just beautiful too. I think some of my favorite memories of France was just sitting around in cafes around 4 and just listening.

    Posted by The Waiting | March 15, 2013, 7:37 pm
    • Thanks, Emily. I don’t know. I’m going through some kind of phase where I want to do things I’ve been saying for years I wanted to do. Have to see where this leads. It is intimidating and difficult but if I see it through, I think it’ll spark other inspirations. You sound as if you have some incredible and wonderful memories. You’ve often written with such a fondness and grace about your living in Korea. The fact that you’ve sat around in French cafes listening to French — well that is just wonderful. Think of the lovely stories you can tell that sweet Miss C! Thank you, Emily.

      Posted by Brigitte | March 15, 2013, 7:56 pm
  29. Hi Brigitte, I love spagetti. Especially my homemade spagetti! Thanks for sharing.

    Posted by segmation | March 15, 2013, 9:57 pm
  30. Senora, yo hablo unpiquito espanol..
    when I was a child I recall running around the house pretending to speak French. I know it was pure gibberish, but to be I was speaking the language of France..tee-hee..
    My niece speaks fluent Russian and Korean so yes, you should take a class too.. will be mad fun!
    Ciao!!

    Posted by free penny press | March 16, 2013, 8:23 am
    • Ciao senora. I used to do the same, Lynne — pure jabber. I also sang the I Dream of Jeannie song a lot. Russian and Korea — that seems like two of the most difficult! Very cool. We’ll see what next week breaks. Thanks, Lynne.

      Posted by Brigitte | March 16, 2013, 12:22 pm
  31. I am largely monolingual. I took enough kraut in high school to find my way in Germany, but got a D out of the course. I know various phrases in French & Spanish, and I can say hello in Chinese (sounds like Nee-How-Ma) and Korean (Anyong). I wish I spoke more languages, but I’m happy first and foremost to speak my own language well, like you. A lot of people can’t manage even that.

    Posted by Smaktakula | March 18, 2013, 8:04 pm
    • Also, I’ve seen the name “Honie Briggs” around, and I think that’s just about the coolest name.

      Posted by Smaktakula | March 18, 2013, 8:06 pm
    • Somehow I think you could find your way around anywhere, Smak. Hubby says Ko nee chee wah all the time which is hello/goodbye in Japanese. But, I’ve always wanted to learn another language. I’m learning that even in Italy they have those that slaughter their dialect as well by shortening words. (Think Sopranos with mani-cott instead of manicotti). And though I know what I’m writing is riveting, I’ll leave you with a Ciao, Signor Smak.

      Posted by Brigitte | March 19, 2013, 9:55 am
  32. Definitely, Italiano is the best sounding language on Earth. I feel it’s more romantic than French

    Posted by Frances antoinette | March 20, 2013, 6:14 am
  33. I came by to thank you for the follow and enjoy the post but when I scrolled down to check out the comments, I was floored – 91! Now, granted, that number includes your witty responses to the comments…. but still – WOW. I get excited if I get 1 comment. :) So I am terribly impressed with your skills and humbled that you are following my little blog. Thank you.

    Posted by traveling crone | March 31, 2013, 11:11 am
  34. Ah, Italian… the language of my people, the ancestors! If only I had the brain capacity to learn languages… but Spanish. I’m trying! And Italian is not too different. I read once that 90% of all communication is body language, facial gesture, tone of voice. Only 10% words. Imagine what that’s doing to the kids these days who speak in txt and FB status… :) Thanks for the follow, Ms. B!

    Posted by Laura | April 3, 2013, 12:05 pm
    • Laura it is one of the most beautiful languages I think! I’m trying too and it’s difficult but anything worth doing usually is. As far as that text and Fb language, that’s not so beautiful. But that’s just me. ;). Thank you for reading and so nice to see you here!

      Posted by Brigitte | April 3, 2013, 7:21 pm
  35. Love… love…. this post…I really want to join the class…and you on Italy…it’s possible…is it not ?

    Posted by ailialana | April 9, 2013, 3:41 am

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