Shocker #1

This will be the first in a series of posts that illustrates PashbyMaul's musings about reverse culture shock as we reintegrate into American life for the next 6 weeks.  Keep in mind that we're comparing our experience of life in the Veneto, Italy to small/mid-size-town America.  This is not done to criticize one culture or the … Continue reading Shocker #1

Day 1: Celebrating the Italian Spirit

This is it folks. Our last day in Italy for the foreseeable future. I'm writing from the Alitalia lounge at Venice Marco Polo Airport, thanks to Drew's gold status. Fond memories lighten my spirits and I realize that I never really touched upon what it is about the Italian spirit that is so compelling and … Continue reading Day 1: Celebrating the Italian Spirit

Day 5: La Famiglia Part 2

How Family and Italy Helped This Pashby Become a Pashby Maul It's high time that Day 39 got its' follow-up blog as we celebrate the part that Italy plays in our amazing story of life together.  So where were we?  You heard about my Italian relatives and our annual reunions beginning in 2011.  But what … Continue reading Day 5: La Famiglia Part 2

Day 7: Caro Nome

How Progetto Voce, Yoga, and Verdi Helped Me Conquer My Fears PashbyMaul Adventures is slowly using up our bandwidth that we need to last until next Friday, so the video of my singing may need to wait to be uploaded until we're back in the States.  This afternoon marked my final performance with Progetto Voce, … Continue reading Day 7: Caro Nome

Day 8: Our Low Impact Pledge

This last month I have been convicted to lower our personal impact on the environment after reading a book called No Impact Man.  I found this book to be an inspiration which asks and inspires its' readers to ask, "can one person really make a difference?  Can that person be me?"  As part of our post-move-vegetate-TV-binge, we … Continue reading Day 8: Our Low Impact Pledge

Day 10: Reflections on Moving Internationally, Part 2

This is Part 2 in a post dedicated to my reflections and learnings after our most recent international pack-out. If you were able to read Part 1 on this subject, then you know that some important strategies for our moving include hiring a reputable company, giving from our personal excess, and letting go.  There are … Continue reading Day 10: Reflections on Moving Internationally, Part 2

Day 11: Reflections on Moving Internationally, Part 1

This topic is too big to discuss in one day!  Here is Part 1 of a short series dedicated to this topic: If you're someone who has a similar lifestyle to the PashbyMauls, moving internationally is an inevitable part of life.  There is no question IF a move will take place in life; there is acknowledgement … Continue reading Day 11: Reflections on Moving Internationally, Part 1

Day 13: Choosing Gelato at Veronica’s Gelateria

Mentioning the word "Italy" brings many stereotypically dolce vita things to mind: piazzas, opera, Roman ruins, pizza, pasta, wine, fashion, meandering, and of course gelato.  While not addicted to ice cream by any means, gelato certainly deserves some attention in our 100 day count-down!  There is nothing more refreshing on a hot day (think 35C … Continue reading Day 13: Choosing Gelato at Veronica’s Gelateria

Day 15: Musetta Arriva

How "Getting Back on the Bike" Really Became A Thing for Me If you come to the Veneto and manage to get out of Venezia's city center, you will most likely notice the saturation of cyclists in this region.  Guys on road bikes with all sorts of fancy gear (and spandex!) whiz by daringly close … Continue reading Day 15: Musetta Arriva