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CoronaVirus in Italy – Sunday, February 23rd

On Friday I woke up early and rode my bike across town to meet 74 students and my colleague. We loaded up in two coach buses and took off to roam around Siena and San Gimignano for the day. It was about 55F and some of my students showed up without jackets as I still...

This is Thirty – Thank You for Reading

Yesterday as I crept out of thirty and into thirty-one, Rami and I drove around the outskirts and the hills of Florence, stopping to have lunch on the way in a quiet restaurant. The waitress nicknamed Luna potato. We came home as the rain started again and watched Elf...

This is Thirty – Honey in the Piazza

I sat in the doorway of the church, my back pressing up against the wooden doors, it was the only dry place after the rain last night. Now the sun seared through the clouds for the afternoon, warming the stone, the door, my face, if only for a few moments before the...

This is Thirty – Music in Translation

I walked into the bar in the afternoon and the atmosphere was much different than the morning. In the morning the narrow door opened to people sitting at little tables while sipping on a cappuccino and reading the newspaper. My glasses fogged from the heat of the...

This is Thirty – Snow Day Memories

It would usually start the night before. The flakes would fall under the streetlights, the plows would start their rounds early, trying to get ahead of the drifts. We'd watch the news after dinner, waiting for the weather, and hoping to see some schools already...

This is Thirty – Did you Study in Florence?

I'm in the realm of students again and that means the questions are coming back. Did I study in Florence, they all want to know. Did my few months roaming around the Duomo pave my way to a life in Italy? I did study in Italy, but not in Florence. I've mentioned Ascoli...

This is Thirty – Oh Christmas Tree

Eight in the morning is still too early for my body, but I'm managing this new schedule surprisingly well, and was up and out by 8:30 this morning as I took on the rainy commute again sans-bike. I am becoming very Italian, but I draw the line at throwing on a poncho...

This is Thirty – Sardines in Piazza Repubblica

Last night Salvini was in the city for a political dinner, and many Florentines weren't having it. Salvini is the face of the political right-wing and has been in and out of political positions that I won't get into here - click the link above for the latest summary...

This is Thirty – National Food Drive Day

All I wanted was a better trash system for our house. The big trash bin wasn't working and I hated lugging the huge bag down the street, so when Ikea beautifully displayed three bins that'd fit perfectly under our sink, we bought them immediately. Come to find out...

This is Thirty – A Different Kind of Commute

This morning my alarm went off before the sun came up, but then it didn't, because the rain was pouring down again. I stepped outside and under my umbrella at 7:30 and started the first of what I hope is the first of many mornings like this - even if it's earlier than...

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