One day as I was window shopping in Florence, Italy, I saw these cute turtles. I can’t tell you how surprised I was when I read the writing on the jewelry box: “La Tartaruga”. Turns out it is the Italian word for “The Turtle”. And you know what so special about it? In my hometown, Manado, the word for turtle is “tuturuga!” My guess is we got that word from Portuguese (in Portuguese, turtle is also called “tartaruga”, and we do borrowed lots of other words from Portuguese). And Portuguese and Italian are both The Romance languages, thus they are all quite close to each other.
When you’re far away from home, it’s really nice to find something that reminds you to home even if it’s just a simple word like this. It somehow makes me feel that we humans are all connected… don’t you think?