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A Love Letter to My Home

It’s gray where I live. In the autumn and winter it’s usually misting, if not pouring down rain, resembling London more than the fertile hills of Brianza.  It’s not necessarily beautiful. I drive parkway past large gray warehouse-style buildings. The gray paint even darker from years of … Continue reading

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How to Marry an Italian

Finally, what you’re all coming to this blog to find out: How to find and marry an Italian. I did it. Here’s how you can, too! First, woo him with your exotic American ways When I first arrived in Italy I … Continue reading

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Psst, Hey You – Ever Wonder Why We Love Art?

I’ve never been “trained” in art. I went to many a museum with no idea how to look at the pieces, what to do, or where to put my hands.  Raised in Columbus, Ohio, my family eschewed art for sports … Continue reading

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Midwest vs. Italy: We’re not in Kansas anymore…

It’s easy to think that life between Italy and the United States isn’t so different. Both are first world countries, both are Western, relatively well off and relatively educated. With the safety net of Italian family abroad, it’s easy to … Continue reading

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Study Abroad in Italy: Florence vs Milan

In 2010 I moved to Florence, Italy for a semester abroad. That is how it all started for me. Five years later I’m back, celebrating my two year anniversary with Italy and gearing up for my two year anniversary with my Italian … Continue reading

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Round Peg, Square Hole – On Fitting in Abroad

At first you’re thrilled by finding your very own coffee shop. You know that you’ll go every single day. You’ll get your typical brioche and coffee until they know your order by heart; until you’re arriving to friendly faces who deliver … Continue reading

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St. Francis of Assisi and The Wolf of Gubbio

After 13 years of Catholic school and growing up in a Catholic Italian-American family in the Midwest, I feel I’m pretty knowledgeable about the teachings, stories and history of catholicism. Then, I traveled to Italy and realized I know nothing about Catholicism. On a … Continue reading

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