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"Hello" - The English Teacher

Last year I volunteered to be lingua madre instructor in the public schools. It was a great way to fill my day, meet cute kids and insure that little voices would say “hello” when ever they passed me in the piazza or during passeggiata.   696 more words

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The Competition Hots Up

Following on from our recent post ‘An Uneven Race’, where it was Us against Ambrogio in the gathering of chestnuts (and we were coming a poor second at times already).   109 more words

Living In Italy

A Tale As Old As Time

I wrote this a few weeks ago after only being here for a week and a half. I originally wasn’t going to post it, but I promised myself that if I was going to start a blog, then I was going to be brutally honest. 705 more words


Gratefully Grateful *26*

I’m sitting here recovering from a whirlwind 48 hour trip to Belgium.  It’s actually amazing how much my daughters and I squeezed into our short trip: passport renewal appointment, visit to the charming city of Brugge, eating waffles and french fries, shopping in HEMA, visit to the girls’ great grandmother and a fun family birthday party with cousins.   120 more words


A most uneven race...

This afternoon I took Ambrogio with me up into the top fields so he could get some exercise and I could collect the chestnuts. I figured that I could stay ahead of him and grab the fallen before he got near. 155 more words

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'La Crisi' or why I love Italians

No one can miss the fact that there is a financial crisis in Italy.  “La Crisi” is spoken about on a daily basis and overheard in most street conversations.  662 more words

Italian Culture And History

Festa at Terra di Briganti!

Tante Auguri a Jack!

Jack was turning 70 – that meant I had to throw a humongous bash.  The problem is I had thrown Jackstock… 333 more words

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