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Six Weeks in Italy

It’s been active and strange starting a new life here but I couldn’t be happier. I’m working on settling in without settling down! ~Gina

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The Dogs of Monza

I come from the suburbs of Ohio: Open yards, lawns that are separated only by a skinny, concrete slab of driveway, tricycles and dads in the yards tinkering on something to ‘keep the house running.’ It’s this beautiful concept of the American dream that we eagerly agreed to for the past 60 years. And while… Read more »

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Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Wanderlust!

Wanderlust (noun) ˈwän-dər-ˌləst – an irresistibly strong desire or an impulse to travel far away and explore different places. What ignites your ‘wanderlust’? It doesn’t take much for me to have a ridiculously strong desire to travel, and it’s photos like this one, taken in the Dolomites in Trentino, Italy, that remind me why I feel… Read more »

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Verizon, the Mafia Phone-Lord of the Cell Phone Carriers

I know I need to figure out what to do with my American phone while I’m in Italy. How can I keep my number without paying the same amount? Why is Verizon some kind of Mafia Phone-Lord who won’t let you switch to other carriers because their phones don’t have slots for sim-cards? What kind… Read more »

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Photo Essay: How to be a Tourist in New York City

Start the day off right with one of the many Saturday morning farmers markets. Though you won’t buy anything, it will seem delightfully “Manhattanite” of you: Leave to catch some sights. Be sure to look up so you can adequately gape: There’s a lot to see in NYC, and often far too little time. I’m… Read more »

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Non-events in New York

Though it was clear our time was over – Sarah was stretched on her bed dazed by her computer – I didn’t want to leave the city yet. After hours of walking there was not much else I could physically do, and besides, I only knew how to get home from the subway nearby. Instead,… Read more »

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Metro North

In two days I will have officially been living in Purchase, New York for a month now. It’s about two minutes from White Plains, 3 from Armonk and 5 from the state of Connecticut. All that information to explain that I’m still learning the area, but I think it’s considered “metro New York” for lack… Read more »

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Travel Dreams

Hello all, Well, I’m no longer in Italy – I haven’t been for over three months now – yet even after 5 months abroad with countless opportunities to travel seized, it’s still on my mind. How does one come back from one world and re-assimilate to the “real” world? When is it socially acceptable to go… Read more »

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Florence Blizzard 2010 and the End of a Dream

My last few days of Florence can be called a lot of things if not interesting. Beautiful, stressful, bittersweet, chaotic. With a surprise visit (belated birthday gift) from a good friend on Thursday and my last final of the quarter on Friday I had very little time to pack everything and make sure the apartment… Read more »

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The People of Italy

The title lends itself instantly to stereotypes of Italians: which ones I find true and which are off base, or generalizations I’ve created myself during my time here (everyone does it, even if you try not to.) There are characteristics of Italians that can be grating, as with any culture, and I had one friend… Read more »