How to Have Lunch in the Center of Florence for less than €10

An impromptu day trip to Florence led us to come up with the cheapest way to have lunch in the center of Florence for less than €10 with a view of the Ponte Vecchio.  I’m not kidding I swear!  Not only did we find free parking (“che culo!” as they say, colloquially, in Italian) but we…

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(Wo)man on the Street Series: Bathrooms

Have you ever found yourself out and about and needing to go to the bathroom – RIGHT NOW? You have?  Well, read on, because going to the bathroom in Italy is one of the most frightening experiences you will ever face in your life. And no, I’m not exaggerating. Qualify your statement please, Hayley. OK….

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Rimini Countdown

I have a secret. I haven’t told you before because I was waiting to make sure that everything would be confirmed, but now that it is I can share it with the world!  In two days, from October 8-11, 2014 I’ll be attending the Travel Blogger Destination – Italy  conference as one of the TOP BLOGGERS…

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(Wo)man on the Street Series: An introduction to the Italian Populace

I like Italy. It’s a beautiful country with amazing food, great wine, and an amazing history that I am only just beginning to appreciate. Moving away has really made me grow as a person too. I’ve learned patience thanks to Italian bureaucracy, longsuffering also thanks to Italian bureaucracy, assertiveness thanks to an egocentric society that takes more…

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Top 10 Things You’ll Have to Suck Up If You Want to Live in Italy: #8

If you’ve ever been a college student with a gratifying afternoon-only schedule, a kid home sick for the day, a mom just trying to relax in the afternoon while the kids are napping, a dad relaxing on the couch with full control of the remote, a DINK (double income no kids) lazing away the afternoon,…

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10 Things You’ve Got to Suck Up if You Want to Live In Italy: #9

Last week we talked about the lack of “personal space” here in Italy and I have to say, it was one of my most popular posts ever, so THANK YOU! One drawback of being so famous though is that people at work read my blog – and every now and then they pass by my…

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10 Things You’ve Got to Suck Up if You Want to Live in Italy: #10

So you’ve got your heart set on moving to Italy. I get it. I mean, I don’t….but I do; a bit. It’s romantic, has great weather (during the summer), good food, good wine, great old art and buildings (if you’re into that sort of thing). It’s THE place where you can really find yourself and…

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The Tyrant

“What’s this?” She tosses it at me, watching me closely to gauge my reaction, her face a cross between disgust and amusement.  I am caught off guard. There is no sense in wondering why she was going through my things again. There is no more privacy in this house anymore.  I can be subjected to…

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Top 3 Tips for Keeping in Touch

If you’ve ever moved away from home or have been living abroad for any length of time then you know the guilt and effort that goes into not seeing everyone enough and keeping in touch. I know I do. Living a continent away from family and friends is tough. Planning your vacations to “go home”…

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Communication: The key to a successful marriage

It’s years now that I’ve been working with software developers and my husband (not necessarily in that order) and I’ve come to learn a few things about how “they” (developers and husbands) think. If you want to know the answer to something – it’s not enough to simply ask. Because if you simply ask, you…

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