Hot Take: Who CARES if Starbucks comes to Italy?

September 10, 2018

People are freaking out this week about Starbucks opening their first shop in Italy in Milan over the weekend. Italy lovers near and far are all very CONCERNED that the end times are near for Italy’s coffee culture, and oh god is nothing sacred?!I’m sorry, but I think the outrage is just silly. Now I …

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10 Photos from August 2018

September 5, 2018

August has been long and hot, sometimes uncomfortable but not at all uneventful! With Marcella out of daycare, Mike’s brother in town, and a family trip to the country (and a lot of work pressure for me), we were buzzing along all month.  Marcella started daycare again this week and Cristian headed home this morning. …

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August is the Longest Month (Especially in Italy)

August 20, 2018

We’d been warned before that August in Italy was kind of a bust, that everything closes and it’s hot and boring. But nothing quite prepared me for the reality. August is So Hot. The average daily temperature in Bologna has been about 93. It’s a scorching, hot and humid 93, that forces us inside, window …

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Dear Marcella, Today You are Two

August 12, 2018

Dear Marcella, We are in the middle of a scorching heat wave- I knew Italy would be hot but whoa! Which of course means it’s time for your birthday my little summer baby. You were born on the hottest day of the year in Seattle (It was maybe 92, which in Bologna doesn’t even register …

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10 Photos from July 2018

August 2, 2018

July was an eventful month ! We had visits from friends and a whirlwind trip back to the United States, where we saw oodles of family, and celebrated a wedding, a few birthdays and one new baby. We arrived home yesterday, mega-jetlagged  to 100 degree heat. While we struggle to get back into the groove, …

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Ghosts From Travels Past

July 9, 2018

One of the craziest things about living in a tourist destination like Bologna is seeing the backpackers. I’ll be out doing something totally mundane, like grocery shopping or walking Leo or even taking Marcella to daycare. I’ll round a corner and I’ll see them. Sweaty, slightly dirty, but happy ghosts of my former self.

10 Photos From June 2018

July 2, 2018

I really wanted to go away in June, but try as I might, I couldn’t figure out how to make a vacation work this month. That’s OK though, we still found lots of ways to beat the heat and enjoy our Italian summertime. Plus, we booked a lot of travel for the rest of 2018! …

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What It’s Like to Watch America Implode from Abroad

June 28, 2018

Ever since November 9, 2016, I have lived with a hard pit of dread and fear in my stomach. Nothing has really eased it, in fact things have slowly and steadily gotten scarier and sadder as time goes on. I didn’t think I could be so disappointed in my fellow Americans. That I could feel …

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Eight Years of Adventure

June 19, 2018

Mike and I aren’t great at marking anniversaries, or even remembering them. So he probably doesn’t even realize that this weekend will be 8 years since we first met (it’s on the calendar Mike!). When I met Mike, I wasn’t looking for a man. I mean, I REALLY wasn’t looking. I was just months away …

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