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Christmas in Como and the Magic Light Festival

We might think that the 12 days of Christmas are simply the most annoying of the Christmas songs, but here in the Old Country it still exists. With nearly a fortnight of celebrations, the peak of Christmastime in Italy runs from Christmas Day on December 25th to the Epiphany on January 6th when the Three Wise… Read more »

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Cross-Cultural Communication For a Better Life

Some say that so-called “soft skills” are the economic powerhouses of the 21st-century. That more than specific technologies, we need to help our children develop a high emotional intelligence, diplomacy and cross-cultural communication skills.  Little touches on my life more than cross-cultural communication skills. Traveling abroad or even more, living abroad, inherently requires some level of cross-cultural communication.  Defined… Read more »

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The Truth About How to Learn a Second Language

I have a click-bait post all written and ready to go about how to learn a second language. How-to posts are enticing, popular, usually great SEO… but they can also be remarkably superficial. The post included all the usuals: get a teacher, immerse yourself with audio, magazines and books, leave your pride at the door when talking… Read more »

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Why I Don’t Celebrate Thanksgiving Abroad

I’ve always loved Thanksgiving. Not because of its history, which is absolutely terrible, but because of what it’s become today. A long weekend to recoup and recover. A time for family. An entire holiday with the simple idea of giving thanks for the wonderful things in our lives. And one of the few holidays with… Read more »