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 […]

Language Learning – It takes a village

It used to be easy being a language learner in a country where the language is spoken. Pre-internet (yes, I’m dating myself) there was no opportunity to chat daily with friends back home, stream movies, download music, and have a translator on demand – unless the translator was a human you were involved with romantically. […]

Cultural Differences – US American vs Russian (and others)

One of the objectives in coming to Italy was to understand the differences between our national cultures. Despite that being incredibly successful and far from being that simple, I have stumbled on other cultural differences that are interesting and, at times, concerning to me. Allow me to explain . . . As many of you […]

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 […]