Day 65+/- of my Italian Covid-19 experience; all the feels

I hadn’t actually absorbed the fact that I haven’t left the village for over two months. It really hasn’t been that bad for me. Saying that, loneliness set in with the ease of the lockdown. But why? And what are things like “out there” in Italy, outside of the village? Let’s break this down in […]

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 […]

Finding One’s Own Identity Abroad While Uncovering One’s National Identity

  Coming to Italy was a fluke; I had never seen myself moving here nor learning the language. My original idea was to try to move to Spain or France where I could expand and perfect my language skills (in Spanish and/or French). Italy kinda just happened. And, I hated it initially – the language […]