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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 »

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Flying With a 16-Month Old, In Numbers

This summer we decided at the last minute to take a trip back “home” to Columbus, Ohio to visit friends and family. As Adeline grows it will only be more difficult to fly back to the US and I wanted to take advantage of the time and age to come back. I wanted to show… Read more »

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How to Be the Best Houseguest Ever

Summer is here, bringing with it vacations, road trips and impromptu visits. Whenever I’m invited to a friend’s place in another town, I always go. (Making me, of course, either the worst or the best friend….but at least now you know). I absolutely love visiting a new place with the help of someone who lives there…. Read more »

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Raising an Italian-American

I have a little Italian baby. Of course she’s Italian-American, but the novelty is the Italian part. Having a baby is an adventure, but raising a baby in another culture brings a whole new set of challenges.  Being pregnant in another country means immersing yourself in another culture’s convictions, both philosophical and physical. I regularly… Read more »

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20 Things Americans Find Crazy About Italy

Every experience in a new culture comes with a heavy dose of judgement. Some more politically correct than me wouldn’t admit to such a thing, but we all know it’s true. Read: 50 Things Americans First Think About Italy As humans we need to tackle novelty and mold it into a shape that makes sense to… Read more »

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How To Support Your Country From Abroad

“If X wins, I’m moving to Y” We’ve all heard it, read it, gagged over the privilege of the statement. I understand, it’s a way to powerfully state your strong opinions about the potential-elect. It’s saying ‘I would hate so much for this person to win that I’d be willing to leave the country, my hometown,… Read more »

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2016 Year in Travel Review

The end of the year always centers around the same big meditations: Another year has passed. What happened in the world and what happened in my life. What did I accomplish in the meantime?  Online it seems nearly unanimous: 2016 was rough. The state of the world feels catastrophic, and yet I feel it’s unfair to classify an… Read more »

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Thanks for All The Stories, Dad

Walking in the woods up by Lago Maggiore our friend was showing us the national park that borders his property. The problem, he said, are the wild boars. They come down to root and eat and end up creating a mess. Plus there’s the problem of stumbling upon one while hiking the area. You can’t imagine the… Read more »

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7 American Habits I Lost When I Moved to Italy

A lot changed when I moved to Italy, not least of which myself. Over these three years I’ve grown personally, and I’ve also grown geographically. I’ve assimilated many Italian habits and beliefs, for better or worse. Here are some of the American habits I lost along the way: 1) Enjoying personal space Moving to Italy… Read more »

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Why I Study Languages

The benefits of bilingualism are proven. Studies show that knowing two or more languages makes us smarter, protects us from Alzheimer’s disease and allows the brain to look at things in a fresh way. Of course none of those are what pushed me to study Italian. I began my Italian language journey with a spark… Read more »