Word of the Day – Arrivederci

La Maestra Maldestra

Well folks, it’s that time again.

I can hardly believe my stay in Italy is over. It seems like just yesterday I was writing a post on the phrase ben tornata (welcome back) and I was excited to be arriving back in Siena after almost a year away. Now, more than four months have passed, and I’m jet-laggedly writing this post from my bedroom back in Canada while the rest of the country sleeps.

Throughout the last few days, the word “arrivederci” has passed through my lips more times than I can count. What does it mean though? It’s a polite way of saying goodbye. It’s a little more formal than ciaoand literally means something more along the lines of “until we see each other again“. Nice, eh?

This simple word, 11 letters, has done a lot to ease my anxiety about leaving my life in Italy. Saying “arrividerci” to friends, co-workers and places (yes, I said goodbye to places as I left them!) reminds me that there’s a good chance I’ll see and visit them again. Im not saying “addio“, the much more permanent form of goodbye, and being aware of this has slightly lessened the sadness that has recently taken up residence in my heart due to my departure.

Now, friends and family in Canada, please don’t get me wrong. Saying “arrivederci” to Italy means that I got to say “hello” Canada, and I’m extremely happy to see you all again and get back into the groove of life here.

To all readers, don’t be alarmed. Just because my geographical location has changed, it doesn’t mean I’m saying “addio” or even “arrivederci” to this blog. Nope, I’ll continue to post information and anecdotes about daily life in Italy. I mean, after having been there for 4 months, I have to have some ideas stocked up, right? You bet!

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