Views from Sausalito: It May be Sausalito, but it Feels Like Italy
by Ellie Klevins, OurSausalito.com Contributing Editor
Visit a bar in Italy and you can get the true feel of the neighborhood. Locals arrive, down an espresso, and in less than a minute, they are off. Others who don’t have to rush stay to chat, read the paper, and ease their way into the day.
Marlena De Blasi, author of A Thousand Days in Venice, said that it took a long time before she was able to say anything more than buongiorno, grazie and ciao, to her neighbors at her local bar in Venice. It can take years if not generations to be considered a local and be included in Italian conversations.
The wait staff greets us with a robust “Buongiorno!” each morning. After a few days, they start preparing an espresso, and a cappuccino as we arrive. When I leave, they say, “Ciao, bella!” And it really does make me feel beautiful And it makes my day.
Contributing Editor Ellie Klevins has lived in the Bay Area all her life, but moved to Sausalito just this April. Her posts will cover the perspectives of life in Sausalito for a new resident as she discovers the joys of our little town.
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