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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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This is Thirty – Thanksgiving in Italy

No, Italy doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving, though every year, more and more restaurants in the center host a "Thanksgiving menu" for the Americans that aren't home for the beginning of the holidays. The lists are full of mac & cheese and turkey, of course. But no...

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This is Thirty – Bus-ride Chats with Florentines

I managed to get my errands done in the center before the deep blue cloud swept over the city. I wanted to stop in the market in Santo Spirito, but even the few Florentines bagging their vegetables kept one eye on the clouds, so I hurried back to the bus. I got on...

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This is Thirty – The Start of the Season of Sickness

My neighbor that runs the restaurant next to us is in bed with pneumonia. The tv commercials are full of sprays and syrups and rubs and teas for colds and the flu. This is the time of year that I am oh-so-thankful I have less contact with three-year-olds even though I...

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This is Thirty – Harassment on the Streets

Maybe it's because I wasn't pretty when I was younger. Maybe it's because I'm falling into the old-school way of thinking, but when someone tells me I'm beautiful, I don't mind. Maybe I am just jaded from nothing really bad actually happening to me. Maybe I was just...

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This is Thirty – Sunday at an Italian Mall

Outside the city, in the land of almost-no-tourists and where KFC is a thing here, there is a shopping mall like any shopping mall anywhere - complete with an early Santa nestled somewhere in the depths of the place - somewhere far past where we made it to today. My...

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This is Thirty – Old Cards of Thanks

The other day I was finally sorting papers into a file cabinet under my desk and I came across a card written by one of my students from a few years ago. After a year abroad, she was heading back to New York, and I had watched her conquer her life in Florence with...

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This is Thirty – Italian Citizenship, Another Chapter

I finally had all of my paperwork together, and I started to send it in. Thirteen pages of questions of information to fill in and then I needed to upload scans of all pages of all documents. Done. Fatto. I sent it in, and it was rejected within 24 hours. I only put...

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This is Thirty – Local Shopping Day

It's cooking day. Rami had four pots simmering on the stove after a morning of a round of the shops. First the vegetable truck, the newest baskets overflowing with beautiful bundles of dark green kale, then the butcher for meat for stocks and soups. The mum was...

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This is Thirty – Behind the Headlines

Yesterday was a day of technological failures from Citizenship docs to bank accounts to this blog. I wasn't able to log in and it seemed everything with a computer brain froze at my touch, so I wasn't able to post. I wanted to talk quickly about what was passed in the...

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This is Thirty – Trash Flowers

I walked out of the 16th-century palazzo and back into Piazza Santo Spirito. A few trucks lingered from the pop-up market that closes and is carried away by the afternoon. Some packed shoes back into boxes, another folded hangers of clothes back into their containers....

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This is Thirty – Italy Floods of 2019

Italy as a country is in disaster. There are avalanches and flooding throughout the country - from north to south. After a summer of no rain, the gods have come back with a vengeance and near us, pushed the Arno almost to its breaking point - even after all that had...

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This is Thirty – Wildest Fantasy

I never thought when I started this project that I'd be where I am today. I started this project to make myself write every day and not be afraid to post before it was "perfect." That has definitely been something I've accomplished seeing that I've posted (almost)...

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