One of the vexing aspects of living in the EU is trying to adapt to the metric system. Somehow 27 C doesn’t sound nearly as warm as 80 F, at least not to my American ears. We encounter conversion woes every time we are given a recipe. The result is that we’re living in a half-way house, marooned between metric and imperial measures. An example is the new lasanga recipe over in the Recipes link to your right – I asked Louis to write it out for me (he made it several nights ago and it was very well received , especially by Massimo). When he gave it to me the ingredients were in grams, for both solids and liquids, and the temperature was in Fahrenheit; fortunately a quick visit to a terrific conversion site made it easy to list the imperial equivalents for American and British friends. Somehow I don’t think we’ll ever be completely at ease in this metric world.
Don’t even get me started on clothing sizes (bras come in 1, 2, 3 or 4… what does that mean??). And shoes (my size 39 sounds huge, but it’s really only 8.5).
At least the clock looks the same here – what would a metric clock look like? We’d have to dispense with 2 hours on our clock face and come up with all kinds of strange names. Turns out it’s been done! It takes us about half a centiday (+/- 12 minutes) to drive from our house to downtown Rapallo… I think. No, let’s stick with our present clocks with their friendly faces. It’s hard enough to figure out how many grams of cheese to put in the lasagna!