• Dear Italy,

    My Milano Bucket List

    After an errand on Wednesday afternoon, I happened to pass by a seemingly old church and even older ingresso to a building adjacent to it, both located on the campus of the University of Milano. I later learned that just…

  • Dear Italy,

    Turning a New Leaf

    Ciao, it’s been a while (again)! I’ve been neglecting this blog of mine for a few weeks now… partly because I’ve had little free time; partly because I’ve had not a clue what to write about. In the time since…

  • Dear Italy,

    Five Practical Ways I’ve Improved my Italian

    Learning another language is an incredibly stimulating, yet challenging experience. The beauty (and pitfall) of language learning, however, is that you’re never really quite done. In my case, for example, my family began to teach me to count in Italian at…

  • Dear Italy,

    My Thoughts on Milano’s Modern Renaissance

    THERE’S A HOT NEW destination—a cultural, culinary and style center—trending in northern Italy. It’s called Milan and it’s been hiding in plain sight for decades beneath its reputation as “Italy’s industrial capital” with countless references to its factories belching gray…

  • Dear Italy,

    The ‘Ass’ in Mass Tourism

    Ciao! It’s been a while. After three weeks in New York and a 10-day vacation in Sardegna, I’m back in Milano and ready to write. Well, actually, I returned to Milano last weekend and have been pretty uninspired to post…

  • Dear Italy,

    I Changed My Mind…

    A little under two months ago, in the midst of my existential crisis, I published a post titled “26 and Careerless“. We hadn’t yet moved into the city, and I was still feeling quite homesick and unmotivated. I had ultimately…

  • Dear Italy,

    What It Means to Be a Woman in Italy

    Being a woman in this world is tough. Being a woman in Italy is…. eye-opening (and not in a good way). Many Italian males are often referred to as mammoni, or “Mamma’s boys”; yet, ironically, it’s these same men who…

  • Dear Italy,

    Five Gelaterie Worth Visiting in Milano

    “You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but–when they stay–it’s for the same two things.” “What?” “Love and gelato.” -excerpt from Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch While that’s not the case for everyone who visits…

  • Dear Italy,

    26 and Careerless?

    When I was a pre-teen, I considered 26 “that age”–I imagined myself married with two kids, living in the suburbs and pursuing a fulfilling career. Well, in three months I turn 27, and have to confess that my current life…