• Dear USA,

    The American Inability to Relax

    Have you ever watched and/or read Eat Pray Love? There’s a scene in the movie where Luca Spaghetti candidly tells Liz that she doesn’t know how to enjoy herself because she is American. He goes into a somewhat offensive, entirely…

  • Dear USA,

    Identity Crisis

    “Where are you from?” “How did you learn to speak Italian?” “What’s your story?” “So, are you American or Italian?!” These are some of the questions I’m faced with often here, but I honestly don’t mind answering them. My response…

  • Dear USA,

    What I Don’t Miss About the U.S.

    Air conditioners. Target. Attentive waiters. Space. Lots of it. These are just a few of the things I miss about home (my loved ones, of course, go without saying!). The more time I spend in Italy, though, the more accustomed…

  • Dear USA,

    You Are an Immigrant

    You are an immigrant. You pondered it for a while. You packed your life in a couple of suitcases. You kissed your loved ones goodbye. You left your homeland. Then, You arrived in the States by boat, plane or foot.…

  • Dear USA,

    The U.S.’ Obsession with War

    Growing up in the United States, the notion that ours is the greatest, most powerful country on earth has been ingrained into our impressionable, young minds since birth. As a child, I noticed nothing strange about pledging allegiance to a…

  • Dear USA,

    My One Month Update

    It’s been a little over a month since I arrived in Milano, and I still have so many mixed emotions. I promised I’d be candid about my experiences living abroad, so here they are… For as long as I can…

  • Dear USA,

    How the U.S. Abandoned a Holiday it Helped Birth

    Today is a particularly extraordinary one. Today, March 8th, is the 43rd International Women’s Day (IWD) since its inaugural observance by the United Nations in 1975. As an American, I was completely unaware that this public, unofficial holiday even existed…