The bell just rang and the birds are singing spring. I also just helped a bee escape my apartment without losing my cool, so come at me world! What a difference a few months makes! I had heard that months 9-18 are ROUGH for expats. I’ve since realized I was living that and wasn’t aware of it.… Read More When culture shock starts to get easier
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… Read More Fight or Flight // 18 Months
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… Read More Bye 2017, Hey 2018!
I’m back on the blog so ciao to all of you! In the past few months since I fell off the grid, I’ve been busy teaching English at a private school here in Florence, perfected the 4:38 bike commute, and also just finished a massive trip around the world. … Read More 3 continents in 40 days and here’s what I learned
After “teaching” English in South Korea, I really thought there was no way I would ever be able to stand teaching as a career. … Read More Assimilation Round 1: Employment
Let me sum up a few of the ridiculous events of the past two weeks of my life for you right here. Running in the gravel park should really just be off limits for someone with my ankle-twisting history, but what can I say, I like to live on the wild side. The… Read More If you fell on your ass this week, I did too, several times actually
I am a woman. I am an immigrant. I am white. I am an American citizen. I am many things. On January 21, 2017, one day after the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, I took a bus to the center of Florence to join in solidarity of the Women’s March. I wasn’t alone, in Florence… Read More Why march? #womensmarch