Day 56+/-: Covid-19 Lockdown – The easing of restrictions . . . ish

Okay, first off – the video! It’s really short but it’s a newly discovered trail across the main road in the village. Awwww. Isn’t it pretty? Lockdown is officially transitioning; we can now move around the region, and restaurants have food available for pickup (delivery is still an option for some). More stores will be […]

CoVid-19 Lockdown: Day 26 (give or take)

Has it really been 13 days since my last post? It feels like I just posted it. Gracious! And I think I’m handling this seclusion rather well. . .  I was talking to my mother who is around 80 years old and who cherishes her freedom. At her living facility near a beach in Los […]

CoVid-19 Lockdown, Day 15. My Coping Strategies

So much, and so little has happened since my last post. And I embarrassed about my slightly flippant tone on my last post considering how this has spiralled out of control, more than any of us could have ever imaged. However, I do maintain my position on limiting what you read and whose advice you […]

A Season of giving thanks – Thanksgiving spent Stateside

  Apologies for the delay in posting; I went home for Thanksgiving. I haven’t been home in a year! It was so magical to see my family and spend time with them. But first, a Thanksgiving backstory. I hate the Thanksgiving holiday. Like loathe it. I have had Thanksgivings that range from “meh” to “lonely” […]

Regione Italiane (Italian Regions)

  When talking about Italy, it’s probably difficult to have a conversation about Italy without hearing about Rome, Milano, Venice, and/or Florence. Interestingly, these main cities are all in different regions (what U.S. Americans could relate to as “States”). Despite the fact that all of Italy is about the size of California, the regions have […]

Trying Too Hard and the Realisation that Ignorance is Bliss

  I have always tried to understand people. I have also always wanted to be multilingual, have been consistently patient with non-native English speakers, and I had tried to communicate in other languages all while living in the U.S. Then I got my Master’s in Intercultural Relations and became aware of cultural differences. Then I […]

Venturing into the Unknown, Part II

September 14th was my two-year anniversary living in Italy. I feel rather accomplished despite my competence in the Italian language being crap (i.e. less advanced than research would suggest it should be considering that I live in Italy). Nevertheless, the universe has provided and I greedily have accepted. So, now on to the next chapter […]

Overcompensating for one’s own culture and missing the other’s

I have always been hyper sensitive about not speaking another language very well and about behaving like a “typical US American.” I try not to perpetuate stereotypes about US Americans. I also try very hard to understand local culture and behaviour so that I can be respectful and not do something stupid; just because something […]