Monday, June 1, 2009

The Italian Economy: Day 3

Nothing too exciting today. We continued to discuss the Italian government and spent a long time talking about food. Part of why Italian food is so delicious is because it's seasonal, therefore all ingredients are fresher; this is a skill I plan on bringing back to the USA.

I think my English has gotten a little worse from spending time around non-native speakers - I find myself regularly skipping articles ("the" has fallen out of my vocabulary) and even my writing has slipped a little bit.

One interesting thing - our discussion of the Opel/Magna merger. Essentially it was brokered by Merkel, Obama, and Putin (Russian capital is financing the merger). My professor calls this an example of a mixed economy. To me, it's simply the wrong people getting involved.

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