Day 66: Food preferences+Italy=Doable

For the last 5 years it seems as though the nutrition field has exploded worldwide.  All of a sudden, a vast majority of the educated world knows what the word "gluten" means. Both self-made and qualified nutritionists are popping up with websites and blogs all over the place, for better or worse. Cookbooks are no longer necessary (but us foodies still … Continue reading Day 66: Food preferences+Italy=Doable

Day 70: Road Signs are Guidelines

In keeping with yesterday's theme of traffic, I'd like to highlight a major principle of Italian driving: road signs are guidelines. I have seen more road signs here then in any country I've ever lived in. A few months ago, Drew and I went away for the weekend, and when we came home, there were … Continue reading Day 70: Road Signs are Guidelines

Day 71: Incidente! Dealing with a Car Accident in Italy

What to do when minding your own business, on your daily commute, a route you've driven a hundred times before, when all of a sudden, "BAM!". Something hits you from behind and your tranquil morning turns into an adventure. Thus was my predicament this morning. Vicenza Ovest, Viale del Sole, essentially a northbound spur of the … Continue reading Day 71: Incidente! Dealing with a Car Accident in Italy

Day 72: Don’t Blame Italy (or your host country)

It's now my second year here in Italy, and I have to say, I love it!  If you found me on any given day in the last 2 years, you would probably hear me say that I want to live here forever.  This has partly to do with the fact that my mother's parents came from … Continue reading Day 72: Don’t Blame Italy (or your host country)

Day 74: Rolling With the Punches to the Sunny Side of the Street

What a beautiful Easter weekend the PashbyMauls have had!  We have been so very blessed to have our dear friends, the Nguyens, visiting from Vienna for Easter.  You'll remember that these lovely people visited us last year for Easter as well, as they received the "Our European Family Award."  Day 75 was inspired by a lovely … Continue reading Day 74: Rolling With the Punches to the Sunny Side of the Street

Day 76: Why Attending the Opera in Italy Should Be On Your “List”

I know what you're going to say to me.  "Opera's not really my thing."  There are many people who would agree and not call opera their "thing."  But if you do happen to come all the way to Italy, the BIRTHPLACE OF OPERA, you will find the following ample reasons to hopefully persuade you to … Continue reading Day 76: Why Attending the Opera in Italy Should Be On Your “List”

Day 77: Gondola vs Traghetto – Venice

Venice seen from the side of the canal is an unforgettable experience. Venice from the Gondola perspective is another altogether. Go to Venice they said. Ride a Gondola they said. Other than Venice itself, the most unforgettable part of your trip may just be how much you paid for your Gondola tour. For any visitor … Continue reading Day 77: Gondola vs Traghetto – Venice