Category: Life in Italy

Stories of life as an ex-pat living in the crazy Italian culture

Taste and See

Have you ever had a ripe(1) persimmon on a crisp day in October? I’m sad to say, despite priding myself on a broad palate and a love of eating locally and seasonally, it’s something I’ve only recently discovered. This is my seventh autumn in Italy and every year right around this time I see the…

Real Life in Italy

When many of our american friends imagine our life in Italy I’m sure they picture us sipping wine on a balcony with a gondola floating by or eating spaghetti and meatballs (which doesn’t exist, by the way) while overlooking the Colosseum. Yes, Venice and Rome are incredible, the Tuscan hills are beautiful and the food…

Infinitely more

David just walked in the door from dropping Ruby Love off for her last day of preschool. Next year……it’s the big time, first year elementary school. Kindergarten doesn’t exist here, so the children do 3 years of preschool at 3, 4 and 5 years old, and then on to elementary school. Since preschool in not…

The Ballad of Ladan

Last week I was in Florence for an afternoon with a summer intern. While he was off doing a little shopping for gifts i stepped into a cafe to Skype with missionary friends of ours in Africa. During this conversation a young man, having heard me speaking english to my friends, tapped me on the…

A good tired.

Not unlike american culture, in Italy a daily question is “come stai?” (“how are you?”). For the past couple of weeks my response has been “Sono stanco, ma è una buona stanchezza.” I’ve had many italians tell me that you don’t really say “buona stanchezza” in italian, but I can’t find a better translation for…

The world Ruby Love sees…

  For many obvious reasons our day-to-day life is different than most, not because we ourselves are any different but because the world we live in is so different. We got pregnant in the middle of raising support to come to Italy and many people asked us if we were going to change our mind…

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