• 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 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 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…