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A Day in Someone Else’s Shoes – The Art of Empathy

How often do you hear of people traveling to “discover” themselves, to put things into perspective, to come back after hours wandering alone with a new understanding of themselves and their relationship with the world? Of course this can be useful, and introspection in general is important for ourselves and for our travels, but perhaps… Read more »

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How to Make a Perfect Cappuccino at Home

They say Italian is the language of music, opera, art and love. I’d add that it’s also the language of coffee. If the sweet, delicious, dark nectar of the gods isn’t quite idolized here, it is definitely molto apprezzato, very appreciated. Not to mention that our current coffee lexicon has basically been replaced with the Italian terms…. Read more »

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The History of The English Language – In One 10-Minute Video

I recently stumbled upon this video, “the History of The English Language in 10 Minutes,” that explains our language evolution from the Anglo-Saxons in 400 a.d. through King James Bible’s influence, Shakespeare, the Internet and finishing with Global English today. I just wish I could translate it for my Italian students flabbergasted by English words,… Read more »

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What I’m Thankful For – Italy Edition

1) Italian food Because let’s get real … it’s amazing 2) Italian Men Ahem, I mean MY Italian man 3) Italian Mountains [youtube=http://youtu.be/9Ng_0cDMkps] 4) Italian Beaches 5) Old Italians They ditch you in line and mean mug you on the streets, but these vecchietti still have some serious style. 6) Italian Food 7) Italian Mamma’s They… Read more »

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Escape to the Mountains

It’s hot. Really hot. The summer dragged its feet getting here this year but after this past week it’s arrived in full swing – swooping in to wither our plants and provide a persistent humidity. During the summer the Milanese, along with nearly all the citizens of Lombardia, either bolt to their seaside homes in Liguria or… Read more »

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Chimamanda Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story

“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” It’s easy to form concrete opinions about a person or place from the one story we have about them. In my opinion the beauty of travel – and what separates… Read more »

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Leap and The Net Will Appear

Ciao ragazzi! Before I dive in and start describing my adventures in Italy, I’d like to explain my choice of username and header, both of which come from songs of one of my favorite artists, Jason Mraz. I know the URL “Falling all over the world” easily applies to the content of this blog–my experiences… Read more »