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…..Read More 5 Mistakes I Made Studying Abroad
“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
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 […]Read More How to Get Married to an Italian
People are always curious about how long I’ve been in Florence and how I learned Italian. When they learn that my husband is Italian, most people assume that I learned the language because of him. That’s definitely not the case. So what’s it like being married to someone who doesn’t speak English?Read More What no one tells you about marrying someone who doesn’t speak English
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
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 Step 1: Employment in Italy
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