Author Archives: Natalie

New Wave in Ancient Cities

Have I mentioned that I’m from California? To me, there is no such thing as “alternative lifestyles.”  It’s not alternative, it’s simply whatever you yourself enjoy doing. “You’re into vegan free-trade sword-swallowing at the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster? Cool.” And old habits die hard. Do you have any idea how long it took […]

Sunday Strolls on Via Appia

Rome is an amazing city, but sometimes you just have to get out. Via Appia, or the Appian Way, is a short bus ride outside of Rome’s city center but once you get there you’ll feel completely removed from the craziness of Piazza Venezia. Parts of the ancient road are well preserved and you can […]

Mozzarella di Bufala Addiction

I steered clear of what I secretly thought was “water-y cheese” for some time. Not wanting to be rude at dinner one night, I apprehensively took my first bite. I’m pretty sure my exact words were: “Oh my God! It tastes like string cheese! Without the stringiness!” Ever since that eloquent awakening, I’ve become addicted […]