“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:
Read More 10 Tips for Teaching your Partner your Native Language
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
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 first hit […]
Read More Disastrous Struggles and Dog Attacks
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
Well, sweet friends, it’s official. Today, the 20th of January in the year 2017, the United States of America inaugurated Donald J. Trump as their 45th President.
While the extent of DJT’s foreign policy thus far seems incredibly divisive, what with the wall talk and such, I’m still going to try and keep the calm. Team Trump established their official slogan “America first” and asserted that “America will start winning again.” I can’t put those words in a context that tranquillizes them.
Read More How to Talk About Donald Trump in Italy
I generally try really hard to “blend in” culturally. Yes, I have pale skin and green eyes, but what I lack in swarthiness I gain back in frizzy hair so I can generally pass for just another Italian at a quick glance. I am a proponent for respecting all cultures, but there are some behaviors of mine I just can’t seem to let go of that really bother my beloved Italians. Scusa! Sorry, not so very sorry!
Read More 5 Things I do that Piss off the Italians
While you’re all busy Januarying, don’t be afraid to dare to get a little wild with your cavolo ner0 (black cabbage) which Americans taught me to call lacinato kale. Now that I know in Italian it translates as black cabbage, I will from now on refer to this green by it’s undeniably more badass name.
Read More disaster salads // what to do when your Italian mother-in-law gives you loads of lemons
Hey 2016, I see you there, all beat up, bruised, and despised. WHAT a year. I think we are all ready to move on from this shameover of a year. Here are some of my highlights- humorous and (semi)-serious.
Read More 2016: Best // Worst
Whatever you’re feeling around the holidays, be it homesickness, loneliness, depression, joy, grief, or stress, I hope we can all take a pause from everything and everyone you find yourself with and just breathe.
Read More Merry Christmas: Stop and Feel the Feelings
I don’t have a “real job” right now, but at least going into 2017, I sleep in a real bed. Progress.
Read More 27: A little bit older, still a millennial disaster child