Tag Archives: Expat Life

Brave Beginnings

Dropping a comfortable and stable life for expatriation, whatever one’s reasons, is a brave thing to do. It’s also reckless and more than a little stupid. My first experience abroad was as an au pair the summer following my freshman … Continue reading

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When the fever doesn’t end

A week ago Monday, my husband left for two weeks of job interviewing in California, but this posting isn’t about that. When we knew that J was heading to the States, I was both supportive and a bit whiny about … Continue reading

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Some Notes on Food and Culture

Last week, a close friend sent out an email asking for her friends’ thoughts about food:  Do we eat with purpose or whatever crosses our paths? Do we plan menus or pull together what’s in the fridge? What role does … Continue reading

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Jenn drives to Paris or just around the block

I accomplished a single and incomparably impressive task this week:  I got my Italian driver’s license. In the few days that I’ve had la patente di guida, I’ve had the joy of watching the look of wow-I-am-so-impressed appear on the … Continue reading

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Getting Nowhere (Importing a Car, Part 2)

If I lived in Rome or Milan, I would by no means want a car. The traffic! The parking! Why drive when public transit is absolutely capable of getting you from A to B with little other hassle than looking … Continue reading

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