The Wild Italian South

I recently was encouraged (and financed) by a couple of friends to finally get to Southern Italy. So, I reached out to a few Italian friends for advice on planning an impromptu trip to Napoli and a couple of the surrounding areas. Keep in mind that I live in Northern Italy, specifically in an area […]

US vs Italy – a series of comparisons Part II: TRANSPORTATION

From last time . . .  As I try to come to grips of the possibility of returning to the States, I have started considering more intently on the cultural differences, good and bad, between the two countries. For those of you reading this who have never been to the States, or have only been […]

US vs Italy – a series of comparisons Part I: FOOD

As I try to come to grips of the possibility of returning to the States, I have started considering more intently on the cultural differences, good and bad, between the two countries. For those of you reading this who have never been to the States, or have only been to one or two cities, the […]

Day 65+/- of my Italian Covid-19 experience; all the feels

I hadn’t actually absorbed the fact that I haven’t left the village for over two months. It really hasn’t been that bad for me. Saying that, loneliness set in with the ease of the lockdown. But why? And what are things like “out there” in Italy, outside of the village? Let’s break this down in […]

Day 56+/-: Covid-19 Lockdown – The easing of restrictions . . . ish

Okay, first off – the video! It’s really short but it’s a newly discovered trail across the main road in the village. Awwww. Isn’t it pretty? Lockdown is officially transitioning; we can now move around the region, and restaurants have food available for pickup (delivery is still an option for some). More stores will be […]

Day 42 of Covid-19 Lockdown – Attempting to stay centered

I won’t lie, the last week or so have been tough. Watching the U.S. explode with confirmed cases, listening to the US “President” spew incorrect information, and having to endure naysayers that insist on “enlightening” me with their “research” on the pandemic has been exhausting to the point that I feel like I have been […]

CoVid-19 Lockdown: Day 26 (give or take)

Has it really been 13 days since my last post? It feels like I just posted it. Gracious! And I think I’m handling this seclusion rather well. . .  I was talking to my mother who is around 80 years old and who cherishes her freedom. At her living facility near a beach in Los […]

CoVid-19 Lockdown, Day 15. My Coping Strategies

So much, and so little has happened since my last post. And I embarrassed about my slightly flippant tone on my last post considering how this has spiralled out of control, more than any of us could have ever imaged. However, I do maintain my position on limiting what you read and whose advice you […]

Living in Northern Italy during the Coronavirus “Plague”

I jest when I say “The Plague” because the Coronavirus is nothing like the plague. That is an important distinction. It is NOT a death curse, but it can be for some. Many people are concerned about me and the situation here. Why does Italy have sooo many cases? Is it safe to travel there? […]