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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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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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Real Talk: Italian Healthcare Insanity

Let me just tell you a little story to illustrate just how Italy works. …or, DOESN’T work. Awhile back I decided to get my nose and sinuses checked out. Work started late this year so I took advantage of my time off in September and went to my general practitioner to get a reference for… Read more »

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Sometimes … in Italy

Sometimes there are no more seats And sometimes you get on the wrong train. Sometimes it leads to the beach when it’s not the same dreary commute.   Sometimes your accent is made fun of other times it’s praised. Sometimes you code-switch like a goddess And other times you’re met with confused blinks.   Sometimes the café is out… Read more »

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Raising a Bilingual Baby in Italy

“You’re so lucky your baby is going to be born bilingual!” You can’t imagine how many times I heard that statement or something similar when expecting Adeline. Eventually, because I’m petty, I couldn’t stop myself from gently reminding people that babies aren’t born with any language. They have to acquire it, whether “native” or a second language. I… Read more »

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Modern-Day Dads, or The Lack Thereof

I had a wealth of fears about becoming a new mom when I was pregnant. Would the baby be healthy? Would I be able to make her happy? How would my life change? How would my relationship change? What if..? How, how how? What I didn’t expect was how isolating it can feel. See, we’re… Read more »

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My Experience with The Italian Healthcare System

After I had gone to the courthouse to get married. After the signed documents and a visit to the US embassy. After I had gone to dozens of public offices and was finally a legal resident of Italy, there was still a very important document I needed to obtain. ASAP, they told me. I needed my Tessera… Read more »

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Why I Don’t Give Restaurant Recommendations

For the last five and a half years I’ve written a blog post every Monday with very very few exceptions. Sometimes I’m really proud of a post, others I know its not my best. Sometimes I’m on top of things and have everything done ahead of time, others I don’t even get it published until… Read more »

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Italy with a Baby or Toddler

If being pregnant in Italy raised me from a frivolous ragazza to a praised signora, having a baby added a crown to my regal head. I felt admired and coddled as a pregnant woman. I was still seen as my own entity, just a more important one. Being pregnant in Italy was a breeze. Then… Read more »

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Our Dirty Secret About Traveling With a Toddler

Long obsessed with traveling, travel blogs and media are not new to me. Travel blogger moms, however are a category unto themselves. Before Adeline, I scrolled past their posts thinking “how?!” And “wow!” Then breathed a sigh of relief that they had to hoist around all that shit (not including the baby) and not me…. Read more »