Il Tempo Vola

My love has always been for the sea, but the mountains here are pulling at my heartstrings. They seriously take my breath away!  On a perfectly clear day we have a perfect panorama of the Venetian Alps from our little town. This picture though I took just last week as my husband and I were…

L’Orto — Making Every Meter Matter

  In America, we often have these spacious yards – those of us who are lucky enough of to have them (or unlucky for those who had to mow them for chores) – whose existence have no other purpose other than to be our wonderfully-kept swaths of green grass upon which we play, stargaze, jump…

La Dolce Vita & the Bittersweet Truth

Oh you’re living in Italy, that is so exciting! That must be so amazing!! You’re so lucky!  …If I had a dime for every time I have heard this or something like it I might be a pretty rich lady by now.  At first, my response definitely met this excitement with equal enthusiasm.  Back when my…

Assimilation: 7 Ways I’ve Become More Italian

The Borg were right when they said, “Resistance is futile.”  You know, if movies were real life..  But the sentiment is true nonetheless, however fictional the speaker.  If you spend enough time in another culture, bits and pieces start to find their way into your daily routine, whether out of habit or choice.  Sometimes without…

Lost in Translation: 6 Lessons in Learning a New Language

When learning a new language, mistakes often happen.  It’s normal!  But some mistakes can be QUITE embarrassing, mortifying even.  Often those mistakes deal with various body parts or functions, of course, because what else do people get super embarrassed about?  Obviously my husband and I have different first languages so thankfully I am not alone in…

Making Moves!

It has been months since I updated anything, but that’s because there have been big changes around here – we have moved!  Officially we are both out of the south and living in Veneto in Northern Italy, where the Lion of St. Mark is a common sight and you can see the Alps on a…

Wildflowers in Southern Italy

Springtime in Texas was always my favorite time of year as the dreary browns of winter are taken over by colorful wildflowers: blue fields of bluebonnets, the vibrant oranges and reds of the firewheels and Mexican hats, and the delicate pinks of the primroses.  It’s hard to explain how it feels to drive down the highway and have a…

Driving in Italy: How Not to Die

When I first saw drivers here in Southern Italy, I was actually terrified.  Never in my life was I afraid of a road – my first driving experience was on I-35 past downtown Austin at midnight on a Saturday – so driving has never made me nervous or anxious.  But here in Italy I had…

Internet in Italy: My Exercise in Futility

In America we have Wifi everywhere – I almost mean that literally.  Go to a fast food joint, there’s wifi; go sit at your local Starbucks, open up your computer and work conveniently over their wifi with your double-shot non-fat soy macchiato whatever-the-hell-it-is; binge-watch the full last season of your favorite show on Netflix at the…

Verona and Montecchio Maggiore

Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona where we lay our scene… Verona is obviously most famous to Americans for William Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet, so when my parents were in town for our Italian Wedding, we had to stop by!  We only had a few hours, but we had a nice…

Moving to Italy and Gaining Residency

Now that Francesco and I are married and living in Italy, we are in the process of getting my Residency, my Carta di Soggiorno.   It has been quite a convoluted process with far more questions than answers and very few people who can answer them accurately and/or thoroughly. I swear by all that is holy,…

How to Marry Your Italian Fiancé 101

**EDIT** BEFORE YOU READ ANY FURTHER.  This process pertains to anyone who wants their new spouse to come with them to America.  If you are planning to live in Italy — just get married.  You DO NOT have to do this Visa after all. Which we just learned in May 2018 when my husband’s ESTA…