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COVID-19 UPDATE: WELCOME BACK, ROME.

COVID-19 UPDATE: WELCOME BACK, ROME.

   Italy became known to have the strictest lockdown during COVID-19. During its strictest times, the only places open were the grocery store, pharmacy, and bank. Self-declaration forms were required to be carried everywhere you were going and if you weren’t...

TRAVELING TO ITALY DURING COVID-19

TRAVELING TO ITALY DURING COVID-19

   Last August, Jaime and I booked our first trip back to California to visit our families after a year living in Italy. We flew out right as the northern area of Italy went into lockdown and three days before we were scheduled to fly back to Italy the entire...

COVID-19 UPDATE: WHEN CAN WE GO HOME?

COVID-19 UPDATE: WHEN CAN WE GO HOME?

   my hometown First things first, we and our families are safe and healthy. We’re currently stuck in California without a definite date on when we can return home. Jaime and I returned to California in late February for our first visit since moving to Italy in...

GETTING AROUND ROME 101

GETTING AROUND ROME 101

  Italy is a really beautiful country with wonderful people, but getting around the country can add a lot of frustration and stress to your trip. From our daily use of public transportation and driving up and down the country, here are our tips for public...

EATING AND DRINKING IN ROME 101

EATING AND DRINKING IN ROME 101

  Italy is the land of regional cuisines. In Rome you’ll find mostly Roman restaurants, in Tuscany you’ll find mostly Tuscan restaurants, in Sicily you’ll find mostly Sicilian restaurants, etc. This means you’ll probably find the same dishes on most of the menus...

FOUR DAYS IN LONDON

FOUR DAYS IN LONDON

   Every time my mom visits Italy we plan a trip to somewhere in Europe. During her most recent visit this fall we spent four days in London and despite everything being 30% more expensive for the American Dollar the international food scene was great, their...

PASTA MAKING AT PASTIFICIO FAINI

PASTA MAKING AT PASTIFICIO FAINI

   Pasta — one of the greatest joys in my life. I always enjoyed pasta in the states, but I’ve really come to love pasta even more in Italy. From the hundreds of different pasta shapes, various pasta sauces, and countless variations from region to region, it's...

THREE DAYS IN AMSTERDAM

THREE DAYS IN AMSTERDAM

   The second week of October we had five girlfriends come into town. After their time in Rome, two of them had a trip planned to visit family in Amsterdam and Jaime and I were invited to tag along. This was our first time in Amsterdam and it was such a great...

A DAY IN THE LIFE

A DAY IN THE LIFE

   I love reading “a day in the life” posts. I love getting a glimpse into someone’s life and routine. Different cultures, different cities, different routines — it’s basically what we’re all doing on social media anyway, right? We receive a lot of comments that...

CURRENTLY

CURRENTLY

   It’s still surreal sitting here in our apartment in Italy. The things that were so hard, different, and strange to us our first couple months have normalized. Sometimes Jaime and I have to remind ourselves that wow, we’re actually living in Rome. It’s not...

HOW TO AVOID BEING PICKPOCKETED

HOW TO AVOID BEING PICKPOCKETED

   The first thing you might’ve learned when planning a trip to Europe is the possibility of being pickpocketed. It can happen almost anywhere you go in Europe, but it’s especially prevalent in Rome and even more so in the touristy areas (Colosseum, Trevi...

HOW I USE GOOGLE MAPS WHEN TRAVELING

HOW I USE GOOGLE MAPS WHEN TRAVELING

   Three of my favorite features of Google Maps are the ability to create your own map, the ability to create lists, and the ability to download offline maps. CREATING MAPS To create your own map, go to google.com/mymaps. I love that you can create a map and...