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A Day in Someone Else’s Shoes – The Art of Empathy

How often do you hear of people traveling to “discover” themselves, to put things into perspective, to come back after hours wandering alone with a new understanding of themselves and their relationship with the world? Of course this can be useful, and introspection in general is important for ourselves and for our travels, but perhaps… Read more »

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Photo Essay: Finding Inspiration in Brivio

Inspiration can come from anything, can be found anywhere. And during such a rainy, busy, dreary time, why not find inspiration on the river banks of Brivio? A tiny town in the province of Lecco that seems to exist for the Adda, the river that runs through the town and under old fashioned bridges. Supported… Read more »

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Lessons in an Italian Cooking Class

“You can’t bake bread if it’s raining.” Three years ago when I had just gotten to Italy and Marco and I had just met, he told me this as if it was the eleventh commandment. For me it was something new – I had considered weather influencing bread about as much as I had ever… Read more »

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Oh I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin – Porgy & Bess

You know the weeks when you have so much to do that you don’t have time to breathe or sleep and the deadlines and pressure and laundry keep piling up so that you’re acutely aware of every thing you have to do and every thing you haven’t yet done and then someone steals your umbrella… Read more »

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My Year in Italy, in Numbers

After my first year living in Italy, I think a bit of reflection is always useful. You know like, how is my relationship with Italy after a year? How has it changed? Does she still love me?! But a lot has happened and digging in to the nitty gritty (of couuuurse she still loves me…right?!) would take a trained professional –… Read more »

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A Year in Italy as an Expat – My Italianniversary

Last week I cried out of frustration – again. Maybe I was tired, or hungry, or already frustrated by a frustrated Marco. Maybe I’m just one to easily cry – but that’s not the point. The point is, even after nearly a year of my life in Italy, I still have my moments. I still… Read more »