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Frankenturkey

HOW TO KEEP TRADITIONS ALIVE WHEN LIVING ABROAD We had been in Italy for two months.  It was our first Thanksgiving away from home.  We were all homesick.  Everything is difficult to accomplish when you don’t speak the language. Even the simplest of tasks…

St. Augustine

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” ~ St. Augustine ~…

Prosciutto di Parma

Prosciutto translates from Italian into English as “ham.”  This is not an accurate and complete translation, however, as Prosciutto di Parma indicates a dry-cured pork that is unique to Parma, Italy.  To call it ham does not do it justice. This is not the…

Be Careful What You Wish For

Outside our apartment is a pathway that goes between a park and a mall.  It is a pedestrian street that is hidden from main traffic. It has a nice seating area and it is a perfect place for teenagers and twenty-somethings to hangout, eat,…

Mickey D’s

Fast Food Is Just Not A Thing In Italy Fast food is almost non existent in Italy. They do have Autogrill which is basically a rest stop. But Autogrill is no Stop-N-Go. Autogrill has delicious panini, brioche, espresso, wine, cheese and bathrooms. And other…

L’Onda

Life In A Foreign Land When adapting to a new life in a foreign land, I think Dame Judy Dench put it best: “Initially, you are overwhelmed. But gradually you realize it’s like a wave. Resist and you’ll be knocked over. Dive into it…

Driving In Italy

Guidos – Driving In Italy

Guidos – Driving In Italy In the USA, a Guido is a slang (some would say pejorative) word for an Italian American.  In Italy, however, Guido is a boy’s name or when used as a verb it literally means “I drive.” We had been…

A Slight Turn Of Phrase

  Learning Italian When learning Italian, it is important to remember that inflection and emphasis on a particular syllable can make all the difference between getting your point across and really offending someone. A slight turn of phrase can change the meaning of a…

The Reality of an International Move

REALITY Once we made the decision to move abroad reality kicked into high gear.  My husband had to start work before we were ready to move, thus, he moved ahead of us and left me behind to take care of the logistics. And let…

Parmesan cheese

I Swam Away To Purple John

  Prosecco, Prosciutto and Purple John cheese I just re-read my first post from 2009. It took me 2 full years, but I did indeed swim away from my perfect island – smack into what one might metaphorically say are shark infested waters. Namely,…