Category Archives: Life in Italy

Storta Mia Caviglia

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: […]

But… You Have a Blemish!

Subtlety and sarcasm seem to be seriously lacking in the Italian language.  Even the sales approach is straight to the point.  Luckily for Italian salespeople, I’m usually so caught off guard by their directness that I end up buying whatever it is they’re selling. Case in point: Sephora Rome Due to Alitalia’s baggage limits, I […]

Via delle Quattro Fontane

I’m not going to lie, I go out of my way to walk down Via delle Quattro Fontane whenever possible.  So far, it is my absolute favorite street in Rome, and not just because it connects Via Nazionale and Via Tritone (the best places for shopping!) As you walk up the hill from Via Nazionale, […]

The Problem with Italian Plugs

I have news that might come as a disappointment to some- my life in Italy is not always about glamorous trips to grab drinks at the Colosseum. There is one small problem that has plagued me every day since I arrived- plugs. Round, flat, thick, thin- the problem with Italian plugs is that there are […]

Rain in Rome

The rain has arrived in Rome.  While I love the look of the clouds gathering over the ancient Roman walls, the rainy weather has been a rather rude awakening. I believe this is what people refer to as “fall,” or “autumn,” but coming from Southern California I have never really experienced true seasons.  The chill […]

Italian Baby Food

My very first (and very short-lived) job in Italy was as a babysitter. I spent most of the first day being shown how to prepare dinner for a 7-month-old baby. That is when I realized that Italian baby food is… different. Italian babies are on a whole other diet level from their American counterparts.  Most baby […]