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419: A gripping exploration of economic inequality (without it feeling like a book about economic inequality)

I continued my summer of reading literary thrillers with Will Fergusen’s 419. I was late to the party on this one, with folks suggesting I read it for years. 375 more words

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Colorful Cinque Terre and Palatable Parma

Our next stop in this epic road trip was Cinque Terre. Oh I had such high hopes for this leg of our trip! I couldn’t wait to hike along the trails and see the colorful villages built into the sides of cliffs with the crystal blue waters below. 361 more words


It's hard to get by..just upon a smile..

Lately I’ve realised how completely nerve racking yet easy it is to make friends. I was dreading the tour…more than anyone will know but I’ve fallen in love with the people I’ve been here with. 275 more words


Inside the Walled City

Lucca, Italy nestles up against the Apuan mountains along the Serchio river completely surrounded by a 40 foot stone and earth wall that was originally constructed to ward off invaders from rival Italian city-states. 389 more words


Milan, Italy

For as many times as I’ve been in Italy, I’ve somehow never made it to Milan. And when I finally decide to go, I’m told there isn’t much to see, that I don’t need more than a day or two in Italy’s financial center. 1,102 more words


Third time's a charm: back to Milan for visit number three!

I had a pretty good time in Milan the first two times I visited (check out my post about them here), but my latest trip definitely stood out as the favourite. 944 more words