Maybe I’m getting more italianised that I had ever imagined, but I actually managed to write the above sentence in an email to Wendy lately. I meant it and I still do. No mistake there.
It is well known that people from Southern Europe has a different sense of time that people from Northern Europe. Or maybe its the other way around. One Italian friend described northern Europeans as “human Swiss clockworks” for whom everything revolves about the concept of time. Many northern Europeans, on the other hand, see Italians and other southerners as sloppy, imprecise and less dependable.
I’m sure most people who know me don’t exactly think of Swiss clockworks when they think of me, so maybe Italy has had a more profound influence on me than I thought. I’m not sure its always been like that, but then again, I’m quite sure many who know me will disagree there 🙂