Entries from 'Rants, Revelations & Ephiphanies'

(Wo)man on the Street Series: Why Karaoke in Italy is the Worst Thing in the World

I know that saying Karaoke in Italy is the worst thing in the world might be a bit inflammatory but I’m here to drop truth bombs al la Tracy Morgan so I’m sticking with it. I suppose I should preface this all and tell you exactly WHY karaoke here is so horrendous here and WHY…

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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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(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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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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Encouragement: The Shapeshifter

  Now, I’ve been a budding ‘photographer’ (in quotes….very LARGE quotes) ever since my parents gave me a DSLR (I had told them that they weren’t getting as many pictures of their granddaughter as they would have liked because my point and shoot took 5 seconds just to flash!) but have been more or less…

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Located at last: La bella vita

I felt compelled today to create a new category for my little Spoiled Expat blog. Something that wasn’t just about life abroad, or the food, or the sights, but something else entirely. You see, I have been struggling with life here for the past 5 1/2 years and only now have I realized why. There…

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