Somewhere in Italy

californians figuring out life in italy one day at a time

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...

my travel essentials

my travel essentials

  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....

enoteca. osteria. trattoria. ristorante. what’s the difference?

enoteca. osteria. trattoria. ristorante. what’s the difference?

  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...

four days in piemonte

four days in piemonte

  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...

the reality of living abroad

the reality of living abroad

  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 find...

two days in montefalco

two days in montefalco

  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...

one day in norcia

one day in norcia

  Italy is so much more than Rome, Florence, Milan, Amalfi, etc. If this past weekend taught us anything, it’s don’t skip over the small towns. They’re filled with so much history, beautiful architecture, delicious food, and wonderful people. We rented a Smart...

one day in bracciano

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 Bracciano....

currently

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 in...

flying out dogs to italy

flying out 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...

three months living in rome

three months 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...

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