A week ago the Genetti “cugini” or cousins got together for an impromptu Saturday morning gathering. Several of our Italian cousins live in or near Bolzano, Italy – the city where I have been staying for the past month. We gathered at Laura’s husband’s shop located close to city center. Carlo loves to travel the world and for the past ten years has built a business selling ethnic jewelry and accessories which he purchases directly from artisans he meets on his travels. We are hoping that Carlo will visit us one day in Santa Fe and add Native American jewelry to his inventory.
Today there were a few more cousins joining us that I had not met on our previous outing, Laura’s sister Giovanna and Stephania’s brother Enrico. Along with the children and a friend of Laura’s (who turned out to be a TV journalist for a local station) we had 13 people meandering through the market crowds of Piazza Erbe. We came to stop at our favorite outdoor café, commandeered two tables and enjoyed drinks in the autumn sunshine. After a few hours of chatting, it was time to say our goodbyes and go on our separate ways. It was another lovely day in Bolzano with my Genetti cugini!