But why Italy? My story

“I’m not exactly sure what happened. Sometimes I remember it one way, sometimes another… If I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!” – The Joker

Once upon a time I made a rash decision to leave the civilized world of North America and move to Italy – I figured if I thought about it and rationalized it too much, I’d never do it. So on this whim, I hit the road for greener pastures, better tomato sauce, and a virtual smorgasbord of hot men. What I have actually found are beautiful summers near the Mediterranean that are worth enduring 5 months of heavy rains and misery,  infantile men, square toilet seats, a small number of precious friends I wouldn’t trade for anything, neighbors from hell, the best food in the world, a sometimes bizarre and ambiguous culture… and my own little slice of infuriating paradise. While everything is spinning around me, I pause to take in the sounds, the smells, the visuals… and wait for the next scene to evolve. This is my life/my movie.

Pasta is good… but I only like it ‘al dente’

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27 Responses to But why Italy? My story

  1. Lara says:

    u should write a bleeding book,dear 😀

  2. Your blog reminds me of Eat Pray Love – you may or may not hate me for saying that, but it is meant as a compliment.

    Love reading it, and looking forward to more!

  3. stevesw says:

    I have nominated your blog for the 7 x 7 Link Award. I have also nominated your blog for the Liebster Blog Award. Liebster is German & means ‘dearest’ or ‘beloved,’ but it can also mean ‘favorite’ & the idea of the Liebster Award is to bring attention to blogs with less than 200 followers. Please visit my post Award Night, http://mynextdateblog.wordpress.com/, to learn about the awards and the rules.

  4. coupletastic says:

    Hi Cakesy… I hope you’re doing well!
    I’ve nominated you for a Versatile Blogger award! Go here to check it out:



  5. I only just realised that you’ve already got one, but I’ve nominated you for another 7 x 7 Link Award.

  6. Debra Kolkka says:

    I would take any reference to Eat Pray Love has a hideous insult. It is a crappy book full of cliches about Italy, India and Bali. I think the Indian section was particularly foul!!!!

    • Cakes McCain says:

      I wouldn’t, because the person that made that comment really enjoyed that book. For me that’s a compliment (it’s not about the literary content/angle of Gilbert’s book). I can see why you would say that, (it’s your opinion obviously) but I did read some positive/nice things that I enjoyed in her story – it’s entertainment after all, I myself never read it with literary masterpiece in mind (I read Dostoyevsky and Austen for that). Gilbert never lived in Italy for more than a few months, she was still somewhat of a tourist. However though… the masses LOVE cliches and (whether it be or not), the book sold like f’ck!!! I wish someone would pay me what Liz Gilbert got!

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  8. Awesome! I found your blog through TDot. I got all excited when he mentioned you were Canadian and that you named yourself after McCain’s pies…which are still very much a hit with everyone here. Probably because they’re still so cheap. I suppose like infantile men, some things never change.
    They also now have McCains pizza, McCain’s potatoes, maybe even McCain’s antifreeze (I’ve never checked) so if you ever think of coming back, now you have a legit reason.

    Cheers from Toronto! 😀

    • Cakes McCain says:

      I read your as well, and really enjoyed it. I remember the McCain’s pizzas – I grew up on those things, but now of course I cringe at anything less than a true Napolitano pizza.
      I hope McCain doesn’t sue me over that comment. After all I do say it’s bullshit, and I do love their frozen cakes McCain (especially the white one) 😉

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  10. trjensen says:

    I nominated you for a new award! You’ll find the rules here: http://narcissistsblog.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/tmi-award/


  11. Great blog! Am looking forward to reading more of your adventures.

  12. Veggiewitch says:

    So glad I found your blog! Thank you for visiting mine. =0)


  13. I love the way you just moved to Italy! I love spontaneousness!

  14. Subhan Zein says:

    Hello my friend,
    You have posted some good stuff up here. Nice! So keep it up my friend! 🙂
    Have a wonderful day! 🙂

    Subhan Zein

  15. We wish we were in Italy enjoying your new found talent for pasta sauce making and to beat men with blue fiats and douchehags in uggs on your behalf, but sadly for now this will have to do:
    Do with it what you will but know you’ve got two Canucks at home who think you’re brave, badass and beautiful 🙂 …L

  16. H.H. says:

    Are you a big J.D. Salinger fan?

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