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ONE DAY IN BRACCIANO

   Of the four months we’ve lived in Rome we’ve only spent 2 weekends away from the city. Not wanting to deal with finding a dog sitter and overnight accommodations, we looked up day trips from Rome and decided on a small, lake town north of Rome called...

CURRENTLY

   flowers on our terrace When we received the news that we were moving, we weren't devastated, but we were definitely upset about leaving behind everything we knew and without much of a choice. Unless you’re in the military, a dependent of a service member, or...

FLYING OUR DOGS TO ITALY

   Nothing during our move compared to the anxiety and fear of flying our dogs overseas. Both dogs are rescues and have been part of our family for over 6 years — leaving them behind wasn’t an option. If you’re moving with the military, your dogs are not covered...

THIRD MONTH LIVING IN ROME

   Things are starting to fall into place and life is returning back to normal — well a new normal as Americans living in Italy. We moved into our apartment, the pups are adjusting well, but I’m sure are missing a grassy yard, and things about Rome that used to...

FOUR DAYS IN BERLIN

   Every time mom comes to town we plan to take a journey to a new European city. The first on our list was Berlin, Germany. We spent four days in Berlin doing a lot of walking, sightseeing, eating, and of course, had an occasional German beer. We walked 32 miles...

SECOND MONTH LIVING IN ROME

   Today officially marks two months that we’ve been living in Rome. After reaching out to over 50 places, talking to a dozen realtors, viewing over 10 apartments, and placing offers on five apartments, we finally have a place to live. It’s a beautiful 2,000...

THINGS WE LEARNED OUR FIRST MONTH LIVING IN ROME

   It feels unreal that we’ve been living in Italy a little over a month now. The days leading up to leaving still feel so fresh. Having breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day with all our close family and friends. Packing up the remainder of our belongings in...

FOUR DAYS IN BARCELONA

  Catedral de Barcelona Las RamblasA perk that comes with living abroad with the military is that we celebrate American and Italian national holidays. For President’s Day weekend, we spent the weekend in Barcelona enjoying mouth-watering tapas and Gaudí’s...

RIMESSA ROSCIOLI FOOD + WINE TASTING DINNER

   Last weekend, we decided on something a little different for dinner and signed up for a food and wine tasting at Rimessa Roscioli. The Roscioli family is well known in Italy and have a bakery (Antico Forno Roscioli), restaurant (Roscioli Salumeria con Cucina),...

USING PUBLIC TRANSIT IN ROME

   After our first week in Rome, we decided to put on our adult pants and brave public transportation. Here in Rome, the most common modes of public transit are bus, tram (trolley), and metro (subway). Being new to the city and with each having multiple lines it...

FIRST WEEK IN ROME

   The adjustment and culture shock hasn’t been as hard as we anticipated, but we’re still currently living in a hotel and Jaime hasn’t returned to work full time so it’s been more of a mini-vacation/honeymoon. Our sleep schedule is finally starting to normalize....

FIRST DAYS IN ROME

   Fiumicino Airport We’re here! We’ve arrived! The reality of us living in Rome is still sinking in. Jaime had to go to work the morning after we arrived, but is off until Monday so it’s felt like a vacation having him home every day to explore the city. The...