When the Sicilians speak of Mt Etna it is always as a woman. She is hot, temperamental, gives life but also kills. They definitely respect her. It is hard not to when from every corner we went to you could see her in the distance smoking. As we climbed the mountainous side in a off […]Read more "Sicily: Mt Etna"
My first night in Sicily was spent trying to translate Italian with 4 new Sicilian friends at my old college roommate’s apartment. I learned the easiest way to connect is to play beer pong. Competition brings out everyone’s excitement and you don’t need to understand the words because context says it all. Thank you for […]Read more "Sicily: Taormina"
A feast in Italian means two things; religion and food. First, I will explain the religion then walk you through the food. So apparently centuries ago someone buried a statue of the Madonna because of an approaching war. She was buried with her hands facing outward and stuck into a pot. Whoever buried her must […]Read more "Italy: The Feast"
In 1928, my great aunt, her 3 brothers and her mother boarded a 2 week long boat ride. They had never left their small town outside of Naples and they definitely did not know English. The braved their way across the Atlantic and into America. They settled in Greensburg, Pennsylvania like many of their old […]Read more "Italy: Cercemaggorie"
Its 10am in London and 5am in New York and I have just landed in Gatwick. Groggy but excited I make my way out of the plane, through the terminal, through customs and out to change my money to euros. Cash in hand and its time to find Enterprise for our getaway. From the North […]Read more "Euro Road Trip: Belgium"
2016. Geez. There are many things to be sad and angry about but I am trying to focus on the positive side. Here are my top 3 reasons to smile including one of my favorite songs from the year; Adventure by Cheat Codes. 3 music festivals: Firefly with Chipotle for work Panorama with Macy’s for […]Read more "2016: Adventure"
We land in Czech Republic and it is a bit dismal. I learn that it is called the Czech stare, they have had such difficult times with all the world wars which brought depression and a low economy. But onward, we jump on the bus, transfer to the subway and head into town. Our hotel, […]Read more "Prague: Christmas Town"