5 Mistakes I Made Studying Abroad

Looking back on my semester in Siena, Italy, I am filled with nostalgia and memories of experiencing the profound beauty of Italy for the first time. I didn’t know it then, but that semester would be the catalyst that reshaped my life. I don’t have any serious regrets, but here are some mistakes I made and things I would do differently if I had to do it over again. One faux pas, in particular, involved a washing machine…..

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10 Tips for Teaching your Partner your Native Language

“Why don’t you understand me!” I cried on many an occasion.

Being with someone who doesn’t speak your native language might sound unimaginable. In fact, I recall saying “I could never fall in love with someone who doesn’t speak English.” Never say never. Here are some of my tips for mixed-cultural couples trying to teach their native language:

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How to Get Married to an Italian

We got married! Yeah yeah, we got married October 26, 2016, and I’m just now getting around to posting this. After a year of traveling back and forth across the Atlantic and falling in love over Whatsapp, Ivan and I decided to move in together and get married. When you have to jump through as many […]

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Fight or Flight // 18 Months

18 months into living in Florence and one of the first questions I get when I meet Italians is “Come ti stai trovando a Firenze?” (How are you finding things in Florence?) GREAT QUESTION.   Thinking back to when I first moved here, I wasn’t completely in the dark about how life in Italy would be less […]

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Bye 2017, Hey 2018!

2017 was bomb! It was my first full year living in Italy and so much happened! At the end of February, I found my job and started teaching English again! (And erhmm re-learning English grammar myself). I have the best colleagues and have learned so much about living in Italy from them as fellow expats. Also […]

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