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My Reading Year and Why I Didn’t Read in Italian

In 2018 I made a goal to read at least 2/3 of my books for that year in Italian. I read well in Italian, but it still requires a bit more brain power and a bit more time, so I find myself rarely reaching for my Italian book when there are so many in English readily… Read more »

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My 2020 Italy Travel Wish List

This is not a specific travel plan, but a list of places that most pique my interest now. They are places that I should have already visited; places I’ve seen but need more time with; and places that have just recently come on my radar. Few of the destinations are top picks for first-time visitors, but I’d… Read more »

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2019 Year in Travel Review

Everyone does travel year-in-review blog posts. But let’s be real: it only really works for those lucky few who have been to dozens of different destinations. Those with enviable schedules and even better photos. I’d love to do a year in review of the sort, one that shows me jet-setting across the world (even if that’s not… 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 »

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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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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 »