US vs Italy – a series of comparisons Part II: TRANSPORTATION

From last time . . .  As I try to come to grips of the possibility of returning to the States, I have started considering more intently on the cultural differences, good and bad, between the two countries. For those of you reading this who have never been to the States, or have only been […]

US vs Italy – a series of comparisons Part I: FOOD

As I try to come to grips of the possibility of returning to the States, I have started considering more intently on the cultural differences, good and bad, between the two countries. For those of you reading this who have never been to the States, or have only been to one or two cities, the […]

Day 42 of Covid-19 Lockdown – Attempting to stay centered

I won’t lie, the last week or so have been tough. Watching the U.S. explode with confirmed cases, listening to the US “President” spew incorrect information, and having to endure naysayers that insist on “enlightening” me with their “research” on the pandemic has been exhausting to the point that I feel like I have been […]

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 […]

The conspicuous lack of salads, Or, Why are there so few and uninteresting side salad options?

A few weeks ago my North American friend and I were talking about how there seems to be lack of fresh vegetables menu options in Italy. She had mentioned it was true in Croatia as well. We were commenting on how veggie-only dishes are all overcooked, bland vegetables. Also, if a restaurant offer salads, they […]

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 […]

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 […]