I have been living in England for a while… and before that I was in Rome for a few years. I love the UK, I find it an easy-to-live-in country. Before going back to Rome a few years ago I toured the world for some time. I used to work for a music band and organise concerts and media. I loved it! It was the most exhilarating time of my life. I travelled over 95 cities all over Europe and the US.
I have to say that very few cities made me feel at home and was constantly longing for my beautiful Rome. The smell, the vibe, the food, the people. Nothing I saw while touring could match the great feelings of my home town. While touring across the globe I had the UK as my main go back to “home”.
However, back then I really didn’t enjoy England as much as I do now. I was always nostalgic of my hometown and was always trying to get back to it.
But let’s get down to the subject of this post… New York! Amongst those 90 odd cities I visited I was privileged to have spent a good month in the magical New York City. I have to say from the moment I landed I felt at home. I think the slang and the attitude of the people reminded me of my home. Everyone is so aggressive and loud and it made me feel so comfy 😉 I usually get told off by my English friends for being “too loud” and aggressive and get funny looks when i am sipping coffee in a cafe talking casually to friends.
But while in New York I felt I was on familiar ground. Anyone I talked to spotted my Italian accent and it was like we were instantly blood related. I think New York, more than any other US city I have visited, has got a considerable Italian influence. This at least has been my perception of it. After just a couple of days in the city I found my way around, I loved everything I saw and the place I was staying at had a wonderful view of Manhattan. I was in Love.
After one week I managed to strike a friendship with a member of the NY city council who miraculously got me a permit for a musical event in Times Square. I just couldn’t believe it. Here I was, accomplished and in admiration of the might of New York city — so proud of myself!
However, many years have passed and lost touch with many people I knew from New York and for years I have been longing for a reason to go back to it or at least have a human reminder of my ties to this city. Faith wanted me to get on youtube and start cooking crazy Italian recipes. Ever since my decision to start youtubing I have been blessed by meeting so many new friends. Over the last 12 months, I have been able to exchange ideas, recipes and jokes with people all over the world and recently I made a great new friend who’s not only from New York BUT is also Italian! His name is Tom – better know on youtube as Tom Txxytu. He’s an amazing youtuber who teaches both Italian and English languages. He’s patient, talented and sweet. All the qualities you need in a good teacher! I liked him so much I decided to dedicate one of my recipes to him and here it is:
After which he was very compliant and surprisingly non-Italian (Italians always wait a couple of months before they respond) with his efficiency and speed in which he actually took my challenge on board, creating this amazing Mortadella and Mozzarella Panini — and filmed this video response while eating it! Tom, once again I bow to you, you are amazing!
So, after all of this, I can finally say I have a good reason to go visit New York again!
La Pixie Dust