Category Archives: Life in Italy

Rome Burns Again

There is a lot of street art in my neighborhood and this message isn’t new, but it is certainly timely: Concerned letters and emails from home are starting to arrive.  There have been demonstrations and protests around Rome for weeks now.  The metros are packed with activists coming from outside of the city to demonstrate […]

No Gas Until the Work is Done

Last night, my building was roped off and surrounded by very relaxed policemen.  I know that most normal people would probably say something along the lines of “Excuse me, Officer. What seems to be the problem here?”  But I had a delish Palestinian feast to get to so I just said “Buona sera!” And went […]

New Holidays Call for Celebration

There are plenty of things that I don’t understand about Italy.  A lot of the times, my incomprehension stems from a language barrier. But some of the time, it’s a religious barrier that leaves me completely in the dark. I don’t come from a Catholic background, so there are a ton of “new” holidays that […]

What Can You Mail to Italy?

I make no secret of my hate-hate relationship with the Italian post office. With Christmas coming up, I’ve been getting requests from my friends and family for my new Italian address.  I always give it to them with a little note- “Don’t worry about mailing me anything! It is incredibly difficult to send and receive […]

Italian Presidential Guards: Flaunt It If You Got It

“The President is coming!” “Oh. How interesting.” To be fair, I was clearly told that the President was coming to the conference.  I assumed this meant the president of the university, or the president of some large company. I finally understood that my colleagues were trying to tell me the President of Italy was coming […]