Name: Jackie Lina Alexander Nickname: Jaxs Occupation: Bartender/studying to be a paralegal Age: 22 Generation: Second Mom’s side from: Fano, Pesaro and Urbino, Le Marche Raised in: Toronto Speaks: English
Name: Kristine Centis Jorge Nickname: Krissy, Kris Occupation: Masters student in notarial law Age: 27 Generation: Third Dad’s side from: Figueira da Foz, Portugal Mom’s side from: Guglionesi, Campobasso, Molise and Villaorba, Udine, Friuli-Venezia Raised in: Montreal and Laval Speaks: English, French, Italian and Portuguese
Nickname: Eva Occupation: Student at Concordia University Age: 21 Generation: Third Dad’s side from: Cianciana, Agrigento (Sicilia) Mom’s side from: Torino (Piemonte) Speaks: French & English Raised in: West Island
When Oliviana Mingarelli visits her grandmother in Montreal, she admits she speaks “Frenchtalian”, a combination of French and Italian. For someone who can speak English, Italian, French and Spanish, mixing two languages or more comes easier than one might expect.
“My adored Loris, today is Sunday, a Sunday that is filled with memories and nostalgia, the first Sunday that I am here in Canada. I have everything I need here, even today when I went to visit a friend of my father’s, I was given the red carpet treatment; the table was adorned with all of God’s blessings, every kind of delicacy was mine, but never, not even for an instant did I stop thinking of you, every passing minute reminded me of last Sunday, where we were, your face, still smiling and radiating with joy, a joy that imbues us only when we are together, when I thought of the distance that divides us, and as I think of it now, I feel my heart tightening into a knot, I become breathless, completely breathless! Oh! how much I love you, even here, yes, my darling, maybe even more so than when I was in Italy, because now I can appreciate even more your attributes, I know what treasure is mine, and the precious gem I would lose if I lost you, always be worthy, not of me, no, because I am no different from other women, I have my weaknesses and my strengths, my good and bad traits, be worthy of my love that is strong, as deep as the ocean, try to understand me, my darling, and love me forever, will you do this?”
Strolling down from the beautiful village of Montalcino my quest for top Sangiovese led me to Casanova di Neri.
At one time known as “the Hollywood on the Tiber,” Rome has had, for the better part of a century, a privileged relationship with the movie business. “Sometimes Rome is the backdrop of a film and sometimes Rome is the protagonist,” explains Donato Santeramo, Head of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Queen’s University. And sometimes, Rome is simply just the best place to get cameras rolling.