Istituto Il David, Take Two

After a school experience that wasn’t quite what I was hoping for or expecting, I found myself feeling relieved and excited to be starting a new week in Florence.  And more importantly, to be finding myself back at the Istituto Il David. Who would have thought that finding a good school to study Italian at […]

New Perspectives

I think that it would be easy enough to visit a city that you have been to before, and to visit it in the exact same ways as before – go to the same restaurants, visit the same sites, and walk the same streets.  It’s often all too easy to want to do the sames […]

Nourishing My Soul

In one of the love letters that Ryan wrote to me for while I was in Italy (to enjoy before his arrival), he said, “. . .a new week begins, and with that comes your highly anticipated return to Florence.  I am so happy and excited for you, because I know how deeply you love […]


While in class one day in Lucca, we got the opportunity to ask my teacher Stefano any questions that we had about Italy, about life, or about Lucca.  While this was a great opportunity to learn about some of the regional foods (and some of the best places to eat those foods locally), there was […]

La Vita Lucchese

The air is crisp and cool, and I notice the faint smell of Spring blossoms as I walk.  Every other person that I pass along my way seems to either be enjoying a gelato, or a caffè.  I hear the laughter of children playing, and the resonant ringing of church bells.  The sun falls warmly […]

Our Philadelphia Story

There is this movie, or so I’ve heard, called “the Philadelphia Story.”  Funny thing is, I have no clue what it is about.  I couldn’t tell you who’s in it, when it’s set, if it’s a happy movie, or if it’s a drama – but what I can gather, is that it takes place in […]

Boston for the Holidays

It feels longer ago than I wish that it did.  The snow, the cold, that freezing wind, and truly just the magic of being in Boston for Christmas.  While California doesn’t do a horrible job in terms of decorating and celebrating the holidays, because the weather is most likely hovering somewhere around 70°, for this […]

the Windy City

As I have mentioned before, a lot of the traveling that Ryan and I have done has been very scheduled.  And what I mean by scheduled, is that I have very meticulously planned out our itinerary (sometimes practically to the minute).  While knowing what we have planned for the day, and knowing that everything is […]

The Great Language Mix-Up

When I was in middle school, I took a two-week long “Intro to French” course as a way to ‘try out‘ a foreign language before committing to one to study in high school.  Well, apparently two weeks was all that I was interested in, because as I have mentioned before, I chose to study the […]

Post-European Blues

The more that we travel to Europe, the more that it has become noticeable.  That feeling we get when we return home and realize how much we miss just about everything from wherever we just came from (well, aside from our bed and very large bathtub).  It seems like we barely settle back into our […]