Top 10

I published a book based on my favorite blog posts from 2006-2008. It costs way too much because of all the fees for publishing and what not. I make like 2 cents a copy so I’m not in it for the money. And of course you can get all the same stuff here for free, but hey, could make a good gift. And it’s just cool for me to say, look at fancy-pants me, I have a book on Amazon.com. Right?

Before I get to what Google tells me are my most popular hits from 2006-2011, I’ll tell you what my favorite ten are. Perhaps you will agree. Then you can compare.

1. Italianate
Oh, we expats love collecting and comparing our stories of these Italian “old wives tales” that most every Italian will assure you is the God-awful truth. Seriously. We collect them and trade them like baseball cards.

2. Italian Lessons I Learned After Moving Here
For all of you baffled language learners out there, here’s what I learned on the street. And I promise, it’s not *all* vulgar.

3. Un-American Graffiti
When someone from the States says to you, in a hushed tone: “Would you just look at all that graffiti in Europe! There must be a lot of bad neighborhoods over there!” you can direct them here.

4. Poste Italiane Ti Odio Con Tutto Il Cuore
Otherwise known as “Why I Hate the Italian Postal Service With All My Heart” and judging by the comments, I’m not the only one!

5. This entire category: Ask Yourself Why
My favorite part of this blog is when I find tantalizing ridiculousness and I get to be all sarcastic and wise-cracking about things that, quite possibly, only I find funny.

6. What Italians Have Taught Me About Pasta
Apparently I’m not the only one who thought they really did throw that stuff on the wall to check if it would stick.

7. Useful Words When in Rome
I learned these over time, but I figure a tourist could pick them up and get some good use out of them even on a short trip in the city. And no, they’re not *all* vulgar. Stop asking me that!

8. The whole gelato category
Because you know that’s why everyone really comes to Italy. After the whole “I’mgonnameettheloveofmylife” thing.

9. World Nutella Day
Just to prove that I was there when it all started!

10. How to Make Limoncello
Just because you’ll need a drink to get through all this reading, won’t you?

Here are the ten most popular posts, ranked by Google hits:

1. How to Take a Taxi in Rome and Not Get Ripped Off

2. It’s the Bimby, and it Does Everything

3. Chocolate and Tangerine Semifreddo

4. The Biggest Shopping Mall in Europe

5. Buying Fake Designer Goods in Rome

6. Five Italian Singers/Musicians Worth a Listen

7. Coffee Slushies at Tazza d’Oro

8. What Italians Have Taught Me About Pasta

9. The entire category: Do As the Romans Do

10. Frullati Pascucci: Smoothies, Italian-style

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  4. Angie van Kemenade November 22, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

    It’s actually my first time here but I think I’ll gonna hang out on your blog more. I like how you did your article, it’s very personal and it seems like you are talking to me, to us, like we are best of friends. I like your wit. But most of all, I like your idea of sharing the ten most popular posts . They seem to be so interesting for me.

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