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No Vacation, or Why Americans Don’t Travel

Italians get one hundred billion paid vacation days per year. That’s not counting national holidays (which of course include those of the Catholic Church as well) nor the entire month of August, which Italians get off for a month-long “it’s too hot to work” party. At least, this is how American media outlets make it… Read more »

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Round Peg, Square Hole – On Fitting in Abroad

At first you’re thrilled by finding your very own coffee shop. You know that you’ll go every single day. You’ll get your typical brioche and coffee until they know your order by heart; until you’re arriving to friendly faces who deliver a happy ‘buongiorno bella!’ when you walk in. Considering you have a house with a perfectly… Read more »

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Cuba Libre, or What a Cocktail Has to Do With Freedom

I turned from my friends, took one step, and immediately forgot the Italian name of the drink I wanted. It was my second month in Italy, but only my first month openly drinking. Like most American college students, I drank much younger than the legal age limit. Also like most American college students, I mostly drank… Read more »

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2015 New Year’s Resolutions: Italy Edition

Learn Italian You don’t need to know Italian to travel in Italy, but since New Year’s resolutions are all about bettering ourselves and our lives, why not better your travel to Italy with a few words of the local language? Make your trip to Italy in 2015 the trip that you finally go equipped with… Read more »

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Year in Review – 2014 Top Posts

2014 marked my first full year in Italy. All four seasons, all manners of disasters and adventures and everything life here has to offer. This blog, though hopefully entertaining to those who read it, has also been a life-saver for me. With posts every single Monday, it gave me a weekly moment to reflect, a moment… Read more »