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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...

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...

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...

FLYING OUR DOGS TO ITALY

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...

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...

FOUR DAYS IN BERLIN

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...

TWO MONTHS LIVING IN ROME

TWO MONTHS 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

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

FOUR DAYS IN BARCELONA

  Catedral de Barcelona Las Ramblas A 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...