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On Getting Scammed in Yogyakarta

I like to consider myself a pretty decent traveler. I’ve been places. I’ve done things. At 17 years old I flew to Accra, Ghana alone. At 18 to Seoul, South Korea to visit a friend. At 19 I moved to Italy to study for a semester. Since then, I’ve flown back and forth between Italy and America… Read more »

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50 Things Italians Think About America

As the blog so clearly states these past few weeks, Marco and I recently (and finally!) had our wedding ceremony. We decided to have it in Columbus, Ohio, where I’m from, and we were lucky that so many Italian family and friends were actually able to make the trip. Our friends took the opportunity to see… Read more »

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How to Plan a Wedding from 4,000 Miles Away

Though my wedding isn’t technically a “destination wedding,” it was planned from approximately 4,424 miles away.  After a small, quick meeting at the county courthouse in Italy for our first “wedding”, Marco and I decided to do the big, classic ceremony in Ohio where I’m from. I wanted my friends and family to be there,… Read more »

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The Start of a Journey, The Best Part of a Journey

We often talk about our lives as a journey. “Enjoy the journey,” they tell us, “Happiness is in the journey.” As an American with a very linear perspective of time, I identify with this idea. For those of us who are always thinking of the next step, it’s a good way to try and remember the present. That said,… Read more »

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Photo Essay: London

What can you get out of just two days in one of the most famous cities in the world? A lot, actually.   

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Italians in London

Marco and I walked through Hyde Park with our arms linked and heads ducked against the wind. There, a middle-aged man stopped us with a warm, “buongiorno!”.  He heard us talking in Italian and was thrilled by the beautiful city he was visiting. Though new to the city, his outstretched arms and smile indicated that he was happy… Read more »

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Snapshots of London

Snapshots of London, England: Just a tiny bit of time for a whole-lot-of-city.   Highlights include:  1. Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery Trafalgar Square is an enormous public square at the intersection of three streets. With the Nelson column rising up from the middle, guarded by four massive lion statues, a fountain and numerous commemorative statues, it’s an… Read more »

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This Your Home Now by Mark Doty

Travel is a leap into the unknown. It’s a willingness to accept what the world throws at us as we leave our familiar setting. Sometimes, as Mark Doty notes in his poem, this can be unsettling. Sometimes we can lose our familiar setting through no act of our own. April is national poetry month. To explore… Read more »

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Psst, Hey You – Ever Wonder Why We Love Art?

I’ve never been “trained” in art. I went to many a museum with no idea how to look at the pieces, what to do, or where to put my hands.  Raised in Columbus, Ohio, my family eschewed art for sports and museums for sunsets over the lake. My childhood was encased in the nature and… Read more »

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My Big Fat Italian-American Easter

I’ve always considered Easter as a quintessentially Italian holiday.  Most likely because it was one of the only holidays hosted at our house, organized primarily by my exaggeratedly Italian-American father. He did it like his parents did, which meant tablecloths, family, and enough fresh food to feed a small army. Our Easters were like no one else’s… Read more »