Last week was foggy and cold but colorful in Tuscany. This week, the warm weather has returned to Rome!
Americans aren’t exactly known for their geographical knowledge. But, being an international student, studying international development, I thought it was time to brush up on my country-finding skills. I went to a very large, very modern bookstore in Rome to buy a world map: As I struggled to hold up the map alone and tape […]
As an 80s baby, I grew up on The Simpsons. Bart, Lisa, Homer, Marge and Maggie were on TV every night, and Sunday meant new antics involving Principle Skinner and Itchy and Scratchy. And here in Italy, Simpsons merchandise abounds. I always laugh when I come across Simpsons posters in pizza shops, but I had […]
Here’s an easy example of something you would NEVER see in America, cigarette vending machines: I was quite confused the first time someone hurried by me and ran up to a closed shop door. Then I noticed the machine integrated into the metal shutter of the shop. Unmonitored cigarette machines would never fly in America, […]
Rain has returned to Rome, just in time for All Saints Day. It’s first time I’ve experienced thunder and lightening in my new home. It also marks the inaugural first broken glass: Crash.
Learning Italian is coming along slowly, but today I learned a new phrase- “storta mia caviglia!” That means: I sprained my ankle. Of course I had the good timing to sprain my ankle on a Saturday night. Since everything is closed on Sundays, I had to improvise a bandage out of a scarf. Rome Cobblestones: […]