Rebecca Winke moved to Italy from Chicago in 1993 and owns an agriturismo near Assisi, Umbria. She spends her time taking care of guests at Brigolante, writing about Italy at Rebecca?s Ruminations and Umbria on the Blog, and wondering what strange winds blew an urban vegetarian to a farm in Umbria. She is also una bella signora.
There is no bigger personal triumph for the long-term expat than to achieve fluency. By ‘fluency’ I mean, of course, that magical brew of effortlessness and accuracy that comes with years of practicing a second language and seems to grow only more elusive the better one speaks.