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May 4, 2012

La Passeggiata

There is a wonderful Italian custom known as La Passeggiata, or “little walk”, which occurs before dinner. (In Italy, the custom is to eat dinner at a later hour than what we do in North America.) It is an occasion to stroll, visit, see and be seen.

One of the marvelous aspects of culture is that it can be adapted. Why not cultivate your own passeggiata, whether it be before or after dinner.

It doesn’t have to be for long, or for far, but it should be regular. Cultivate the passeggiata habit, reduce that inflammation, reconnect with your family, friends and neighbours and partake in a mini cultural exchange. You could even drop by your local barista’s and say “Buona sera! Come stai?” (Good evening. How are you?)

Image courtesy of Revati Upadhya.

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