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Trip Start May 16, 2013
Trip End May 31, 2013

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Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The culture and counseling in Italy: Dr. Remley

Italians are not like Americans. Americans are nationalist and love their country; while Italians are the opposite. They are not nationalists and are not willing to die for their country.

The Italians look at Americans with disdain. There are many differences in American and Italian culture. There is no drinking age in Italy. Italians culture drink wine with food. They do not drink without having food to go along with it. however, in America we tend to drink for any occasion and any reason at any time of the day.

As a culture Italians do not trust each other. The only people they trust is family and they are not so sure about them.

A lot of times we misread Italians. They are extremely friendly and inviting but beyond that there is a a extreme lack of trust when things begin to get serious. They do not believe in inviting people to their homes. Their homes are somewhat sacred to them. It's their home and designated for the family. Guests are not able to sleepover, they usually stay in hotels or b&bs. They are extremely family oriented and many things ( scheduled meetings) are determined by the plans of the family.

The typical Italian never leaves home. They live at home throughout college. They do not attend college based on its reputation but more so it's location. They tend to attend the college/university closest to their home. They tend to marry somewhere between ages 35-40 , at this point they move out and purchase a home ( apt./condo) right next door to their parents. They tend to live there permanently...I can't imagine living my life ( majority) in such close proximity to my family. I mean seriously! At some point I need space. The Italian lifestyle of living with parents until later in life may have some interesting points BUT it seems to me that they don't become "adults" until very late in life. In my opinion this "way of life" creates generations of spoiled brats! Honestly, those people/friends who I've interacted with in the states whose parents have done everything for them until they're 25 are such characters to me... They were so dependent on their parents that when it did come time for them to be adults and have responsibilities they sucked at it. Some had never washed their own clothes as adults and its simply amazing to me. I guess that all just goes back to cultural differences.
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