I am sitting at the breakfast table trying to decide which post to write. Suddenly I have three, no, four different topics in my mind.........a walk with Terje at Ringve Botanical Gardens yesterday arternoon, my Saturday morning Trondheim walk, more from glass in Murano.........or last night's dinner.
Last night's dinner is still so fresh in my mind. I am dwelling on its memory, smiling. Sonia, the beautiful Italian student who is here in Trondheum for a few months, read my blog and then contacted me, has been here for dinner with friends several times now. Last night she came with Chinese Yanan. Norwegian friends of us and Italian Matteo also came, we ended up with 10 of us gathered around the table.
The first time Sonia came here we had pizza. Serving pizza to Italians! Ha! What did I think of? It went well though, and with Terje's chocolate cake for dessert the night was a success. On May 17th, our Constitutional Day, I served traditional "sodd", a kind of meat ball soup. Again with Terje's chocoalte cake, and also with a yummy cake which Sonia had baked and brought here in a cardboard box securely fastened to her bike. Yesterday started with "rømmegrøt". I wasn't quite sure what the non-Norwegians would think of this traditional Norwegian dish, so as a main course we served "kjøttkaker", some kind of Norwegian meatballs, or meat cakes. It looked like everybody liked the rømmegrøt though, eaten the traditional way with grease boiled out of the sour cream, sugar, cinnamon and raisins.
English was our common language. Though again I wish to speak other languages. Italian of course, most of all Italian, but also Mandarin. There was a lot of talking, a lot of sharing of stories and traditions, a lot of laughter and fun. Poor Yanan, I am not sure if she could understand all our Norwegian/European jokes.
Sonia wrote in Italian in our guestbook before leaving, Yanan wrote in Chineese. The one and only way for me to learn is to practice. I've bought L'homme qui plantait des arbres now (thank you Julie, yes, I bought the one with beautiful illustrations), and will try to practice some of my French (we hope to visit Paris this autumn), but what can I do to learn more Italian......... May be having an Italian teacher coming up from Italy during the summer.......