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The Italian Dating Scene

Recently I was honored when my former Italian professor from F.A.U. asked me to write an article for an Italian website about my experience in Italy.  I asked him what subject I should discuss and he gave me “carta bianca.” Well, the topic must have been on my mind because it came to me right away: The Italian Dating Scene; Italians and Americans (and Italian-Americans [...]

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Permesso di Soggiorno, Part 2: Il Succo del Discorso

I’d like to pick up the thread that I started a couple of weeks ago concerning the much-prized Permesso di Soggiorno.  Perhaps I’ll even (attempt to) dispense with the sarcasm temporarily while I explain this convoluted process. (If you haven’t read Part I yet, click here first:  Part I - The Quest for the Holy Grail to get up to speed.) At this point I’m assum [...]

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The Bidet in Italy

Napoleon Bonaparte, on the way back from one of his many campaigns, famously wrote ahead to his wife Josephine who was awaiting him back in Paris.  The letter was brief and to the point: “I’ll be home in three days.  Stop washing up.” We all know Napoleon as being a principal figure from French history, but in fact he was born to Italian parents on the island of Cors [...]

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How to Dress Like an Italian

Upon further reflection, perhaps this post should have been entitled, “how not to dress like an Italian.”  On this specific topic, I am most certainly an expert. It was 2008, during my fourth trip to Italy, and I was sitting at a pub in Bologna with an Italian friend.  We were ready for some more drinks, so I offered to go get them from the bar. I popped out of [...]

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FCI 032 – Under the Puglia Sun with Paul and Steven
I wrote a blog post a few years ago about buying property in Italy. I’ve never actually made the dive,[...]
FCI 031 – Eastern Sicily Highlights with Saskia Balmaekers
“What was that?” I asked the waiter at my hotel, after my silverware vibrated, then shook violently, then fell off[...]
FCI 030 – Coastal Italy Hotspots with Gillian McGuire
Those of you suffering the mid-winter blues amid the frigid cities of North America might not like me and my[...]

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