Tag Archives: Seasonal Notes

On Being Thankful

All November, I’ve been reading people’s “30 Things I’m Thankful For” posts on Facebook and around the web. I thought it was a nice way to celebrate Thanksgiving but was a bit gimmicky and just not for me. That is, … Continue reading

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An American Holiday

I was sad last October in Italy when I realized that, while we would get to participate in many rich European holiday traditions, having Halloween was prettymuch an impossibility. Sure, I could dress up my daughter in costume, but who … Continue reading

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Easter Contraband

This news story reminding travelers not to attempt to bring Kinder Eggs into the United States really rings of Easter spirit, no?  Right. No. It doesn’t. Bah humbug, U.S. of A. What actually caught my attention in the article, though, … Continue reading

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(Don’t) Drink the Water

Recently, on the Expats in Italy forum, a woman living near Florence wrote to say that she’d been vomiting all day after having consumed nothing but the local tap water. What could be wrong? While a plurality of replies confirmed … Continue reading

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February in Trentino

Last year, January never rose above freezing. The winds seemed angry as they cut through Trento. The sky was always grey, and the temperature gauge at the bank never rose above -7C in the daytime. We had snowfall through February … Continue reading

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