Tag Archive for Greetings from Mondovì

Greetings from Mondovì: A New Normal

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE 12 March 2020 I’m wondering whether to go to my regular massage appointment this afternoon, whether to cancel having my teeth cleaned tomorrow morning.  I can easily print the proper permit to show the carabinieri when I…

Greetings from Mondovì: Zona Rossa

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE Suddenly we’re all in la zona rossa—the red zone—together.  The Italian government has taken the extraordinary measure of restricting movement of people throughout the country.  Permits to travel between towns are available online, from law enforcement, and (so…

Greetings from Mondovì: All Saints’ Day

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE Tuesday was Tutti i Santi, All Saints’ Day.  Schools, shops, and offices close for this annual day of solemn remembrance, families visit the graves of their forebears to leave fresh flowers, florists do big business in chrysanthemums,…

Greetings from Mondovì: Fireworks

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE Siamo in Italia!  It means We are in Italy!, and people here often say this to us when they cannot explain some bureaucratic tangle or incomprehensible administrative regulation.  With a characteristic gesture that is half-shrug, half-surrender, they let…

Greetings from Mondovì: Carnevale

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE Tomorrow is Martedi Grasso (Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday), and the last day of Carnevale. Here in Mondovi` we have been celebrating since 24 January with processions, presentations, ceremonies and formal dinners, dancing and general revelry most every night…

Greetings from Mondovì – Mongolfiere 2016

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE January can be a dreary month.  The post-holiday weeks feel anticlimactic, empty, with little on the horizon except a return to normal routine.  But here in Mondovi` January brings excitement and wonder as the city hosts its…