There’s a project on Instagram that has become quite of a habit for me.
It’s #the100dayproject, a project that requires choosing a topic and sharing on Instagram a photo a day about such topic, for a little more than three months.
Le Langhe – or Langa – is a hilly area in the south of Piedmont, in the province of Cuneo. The area is mostly known for its amazing wines – Barolo, Barbaresco, and Barbera mostly – and for its cheeses and truffles as well. Once a very poor countryside area, le Langhe has now become one of the richest areas in the country, thanks to the winemaking tradition and the hard work of its inhabitants.
As it always happens with other cultures, if you look at us from afar, you probably see us as one general group. You may think that we all are very friendly, we like to talk a lot (usually with quite a loud voice and using hand gestures), we have a strong bond with our family, we don’t know how to queue and we all like to take things slow.
Being able to finally practice the language you have studied so hard in the country where it is spoken is undoubtedly rewarding but it can be quite challenging as well.
You can be a very fluent speaker but if in the middle of a conversation someone tells you sei lungo come la Quaresima (you are long as Lent) or that it is time to tagliare la testa al toro (to cut the bull’s head), you may end up with a puzzled look on your face.