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In Defense of the Weekend Trip

Everybody wants to travel, but nobody wants to be considered a tourist. Slow travel is the idea to travel mindfully. Its thesis is that travel shouldn’t be a jam-packed itinerary of eating, snapping photos, throwing out your trash out and leaving. Travelers should focus on experiences, not items on a list. It’s a movement to… Read more »

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Death from a Distance, Grieving from 36,000 feet

  Living far from home means missing out on parties. It means missing out on birthdays, holidays, father’s and mother’s days. I’ve missed bridal showers and wedding showers and weddings and babies’ births. I’ve sent my heartfelt love through cards, mail-ordered gifts and Skype calls. I’ve given presents months later when I finally came back… Read more »

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50 Things Americans Think About Italy

Any trip to a new country ignites a storm of comments and questions. It’s only natural to compare, to delight in the novelty and be shocked by the foreignness. After my recent post, 50 Things Italians Think About America, I realized that that’s really only half of the story. For every time an Italian is marveling at the… Read more »

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The 2,000 Year History of the Verona Arena

The Arena di Verona has been standing tall for nearly 2,000 years. Actually, our best guess is that it was built sometime around 30 AD, which would make the structure exactly 1,985 years old. In any case, it’s still been around about 50 years longer than Rome’s Colosseum and about 1,746 years longer than the United States has enjoyed independence…. Read more »