It’s September, and finally the uncomfortable heat of August is abating here in Bologna. The mercury has fallen ten degrees, so the city is once more coming to life, its streets filling with traffic, shoppers, and crowds of giggling teens enjoying the sunshine and each other’s company, savouring their final days of freedom before the schools open again on the 14th. Just like any other year, in fact.
After all the drama, things in Italy seem normal once more. Aromas waft from pizzerias and restuarants as you pass, ‘aperitivos’ are being served, these days mostly to people sitting at outside tables, even the museums and galleries are open. And there’s no need to queue!
But of course, with borders closed all over the world, and transport options limited or costly, it’ll likely be a while until Bologna is as alive with foreign visitors as it has been for the last few years.
Madrelingua has been open throughout the summer, teaching small group courses (not more than five or six students per classroom, carefully spaced apart and all wearing masks), along with the occasional individual student. Some of our teachers are working normally, some are still at home, waiting for things to pick up.
Most of those learning Italian with us right now are Europeans, for obvious reasons. But we JUST CAN’T WAIT to see our friends from the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South America, and all the other countries our students hail from.
Come back soon – we miss you!