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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

   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...

MY TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

MY TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

   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...

ENOTECA, OSTERIA, TRATTORIA, RISTORANTE. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

ENOTECA, OSTERIA, TRATTORIA, RISTORANTE. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

   Over the last few years I’ve spent a lot of time traveling for work and after traveling a bit through Europe and daily life in Rome I put together a list of my travel essentials from apps on your phone, to websites, to products I recommend carrying with you....

FOUR DAYS IN PIEMONTE

FOUR DAYS IN PIEMONTE

   We’d like to think we ate our fair share of Italian food in the states. San Diego had Italian restaurants all over the city with names like Davanti Enoteca, Osteria Panevino, Italianissimo Trattoria, and Sorrento Ristorante. We knew they were Italian...

THE REALITY OF LIVING ABROAD

THE REALITY OF LIVING ABROAD

   Not wanting to fly, we narrowed down our list of places to visit during our 4-day 4th of July weekend. Cinque Terre? Amalfi? Sicily? Milan? No, all of them would probably be bombarded with crowds because summertime is high tourist season. Most places south of...

TWO DAYS IN MONTEFALCO

TWO DAYS IN MONTEFALCO

   When I created the blog my intentions were to post honestly about our journeys, thoughts, growths, and emotions of moving and living abroad. As we get more settled in, Jaime has returned to a normal work week, and the honeymoon period starts to wear off, I...

ONE DAY IN NORCIA

ONE DAY IN NORCIA

   After having breakfast at our B&B in Norcia, we drove an hour with a view of Umbria’s valleys and mountains to Montefalco. The city and area are mostly known for wine (two wine names refer to the city: Montefalco Sagrantino and Montefalco Rosso), but like...