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This is Thirty – Things to do in Florence in the Rain

It's downpouring again today, all day long. Luna didn't get out of bed until 3 pm and begrudgingly went outside to pee only when I made her. Though I can sit and stay in comfy clothes in my apartment and listen to the rain pour down on our terracotta rooftop, I do...

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This is Thirty – Harry Potter Marathon

As the local supermarket has a promotion with little Harry Potter toys, we decided to pull out our box set and watch the movies all the way through. We started with the first yesterday and just finished the third. I grew up with Harry Potter, though I honestly can't...

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This is Thirty – It’s Acqua Alta Time

I haven't been up to Venice for a while but news travels fast in this country and the alerts of high water are rampant as the rain continues to pour down across the country. Multiple areas are flooded but thankfully in higher altitudes, it's turning to snow (great for...

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This is Thirty – Second Try at Citizenship

Today is the last family day for awhile. Sami is heading back to California tomorrow and so we're heading out to brave the rain in the center of the city for a bit after I finish this. Rami's still at work so it's always a rush when you have people in nightlife, but...

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This is Thirty – Hanging in the Balance

So many dream of jumping on a plane, flying far away from home, and living a life of bliss somewhere that doesn't remind you of everything you left behind. What many forget is that when you break the rules, when you go and strive to find life "abroad," the rules of...

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This is Thirty – The Overgrown Jasmine Vines

Today I spent the morning raking vines of jasmine off the neighbor's roof. A few years ago when we redid the garden, we planted four or five little plants against the wall under wooden lattice. The brick, cement, and tile mess of a wall underneath wasn't wonderful to...

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This is Thirty – The Flood of Florence in 1966

As the rain continues to pour down and the Arno continues to swell, everyone is remembering the flood of Florence in 1966. The other day we had dinner at our place with Rami's brother and my in-laws and as another wave of downpours came in my father-in-law was telling...

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This is Thirty – Chapstick? Nah, Bag Balm.

When I was younger and my family was still sorting through the layers of dust in the old farmhouse and the barn, one day we found the key to the tack box that had been hung on the wall. Or maybe they always knew where it was but no one actually opened it until this...

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This is Thirty – How to Plant a Tree Online

While looking through LinkedIn, I found an unusual local company that I feel everyone should know about.   With the news buzzing about global warming and people wondering what they can do personally, planting a tree is brought up over and over again as a possible...

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This is Thirty – Tourists Ticketed on the Tram

The local news has been humming about a recent episode on the tramline coming into the center of Florence. A few days ago, a tour guide got into the tram with their group of thirty-one cruise line passengers traveling to Florence to tour the city for a half a day....

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This is Thirty – Be Careful What You Wish For

I swear someone controls the weather over Florence. November 1st and it's time for the rain, the darkness, the deep wet cold that gets inside the house and makes everyone wear two pairs of socks always. I know I complained about the heat all summer. Wait, let me...

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This is Thirty – Falling Down the Well

Yesterday we drove up to the tiny town of Scarperia that sits in the Mugello, an area of the countryside up behind Fiesole from Florence. My mother-in-law is originally from the area, before her family moved into Florence, and she pointed out the church where she was...

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This is Thirty – Family

Rami's brother Sami arrived into Bologna last night and this morning we all got together with their parents and drove out over the hills of Fiesole into the town where my mother in law was from to tour a little truffle fair and have lunch together at a local...

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This is Thirty – Charlie Brown and the Great Watermelon

Charlie Brown first hit the comic strips in Italy in 1960, so when the Great Pumpkin came six years later, Italians already loved the Peanuts and were following along with their story. But something happened in the translation that year, and now Charlie Brown has gone...

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This is Thirty – Everyday Italy

The weather is starting to feel like autumn even as it's almost Halloween, although I still didn't even need a jacket today when I walked to the store with Luna. The ground is seemingly wet, always, but it only seems to rain at night, and once all day, and everyone's...

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This is Thirty – You

They say to love yourself to love every freckle on your skin and every curl in your hair and every little detail that makes you an individual that makes you you.   They say to be proud of your accomplishments to hold up that trophy or that medal or that diploma and...

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This is Thirty – Recycling Sucks

In my house growing up, we had one trash bin. Everything we threw out went into it and thankfully, we had a garbage disposal so there wasn't much smelly stuff, it was just waste from elsewhere around the house. Big black plastic heavy-duty trash bag, out by the curb...

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