My heart in Florence

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By Teng Ai – Student in Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence

I am Teng Ai, studying at the Accademia di Belle Arti (Academy of Fine Arts) of Florence. I have been living here for three years. Florence, in my heart, is a piece of jewellery, an elegant necklace mounted with colourful gemstones. Wearing some delicate leather shoes toget in touch with its old ways or while wandering around thevarious valleys, it is quite evident, and impressive though. Feeling no urge to think, I’m walking on the same stone pavement, where so many great ideas have once been thought.
ai tang in piazza repubblicaBut Florence is not only its historical masterpieces, its appreciation in contributing to the joy of life hides in little crossed sections of every day. Fruit and vegetable markets here, are always fascinating. Whenever I want to try some unique unfamiliar variety, there is always an owner, or somebody present at the shopping, like the wife of one I know, a nice well-rounded chatty lady, with whom a conversation comes about how I should cook it, how much time it may take, how many spoons of salt and olive oil will do fine. Naturally, there is always a secret touch as well and the whole mythical hides in the small bunch of leaves that I hold in my hand. Every time the exchange ends with the reminder of the previous ones, as a cozy voice: I will try and tell the following time that it tasted fabulous. So sweet. The most moving memory in my heart comes from the villages of Toscana. Either the curling up cooking smoke, the desolated nostalgic atmosphere, they all touched me profoundly. Early morning, soaking in the fog, gazing at the houses and vineyards, feeling the passing years, a thousand and one more, it might also lie in this peaceful poetic fantasy. Time itself dwells here, I suppose……

我是滕艾,现在佛罗伦萨美术学院学习。我在佛罗伦萨生活了三年多了,这座城市就像一条精致的,有彩色宝石镶嵌的掐丝项链一样,围绕在我的心头。在佛罗伦萨穿着小皮鞋嗒嗒地走在各式各样的小巷子里是件极神气的事,可以毫不费力的去想,我正踏着多少伟大的思想经过的石板路哇!
我很喜欢这里卖青菜水果的小摊位,每每买一些不知何物的奇特品种,店家的胖太太便要拉着我,细细碎碎的教给我如何切如何煮,煮几分钟又放几分盐,秘诀何如,最后还要给我塞上一把“秘诀”中的小叶子,不忘嘱咐我下次再来一定要告诉她味道是不是好极了,真真可爱!
我内心最感动的地方,是那些托斯卡纳的村庄,他们有的炊烟袅袅,有的破败萧条。清晨有雾的时候,看着这些小房子和葡萄园,总觉得这一千年啊五百年的时间,也是这一片祥和里的一家住户。时间他也住在这里吧……

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