A Cactus for Your Thoughts

In spring, during those fleeting moments when the sun is nearly down, I often see Venus, hanging low and bright over the mountains. The mountains are a stark silhouette against … Continue reading A Cactus for Your Thoughts

To Be or Be Between

If music by the EELs (or is it Eels?) is your cup of tea, read on. Especially if you also like to dip your biscuits (your cookies, sheesh, where is … Continue reading To Be or Be Between

As Easy As DEF: Dobbiaco, Esercizio, Fruili

Back in the US, one of the first things I usually notice is the freaking roads are huge. It’s one symptom of reverse culture shock, to be sure and surreal … Continue reading As Easy As DEF: Dobbiaco, Esercizio, Fruili

As Easy As ABC: Alpi, Bici, Campeggi

Regretfully, I just finished Tom Robbins’ time-warping opus, Jitterbug Perfume. I never, ever wanted it to end but it’s kind of book-shaped lesson. Why? My time in Italy also nears … Continue reading As Easy As ABC: Alpi, Bici, Campeggi

Water You Up To?

Now don’t get all peanut butter and jelly (jealous?) on me but it’s turning out I am on perma-cation. This time of year in my “adult” life I’d typically be … Continue reading Water You Up To?

Summertime and the Livin’s Easy

Now I cannot presume to know what you are thinking at this moment. The weekend might peer into your tired noggin like a curious Italian man on a bike when … Continue reading Summertime and the Livin’s Easy

Aqueous Transmissions

Time to trade Lisa’s mountain bike for… Lisa! And when she’s back from tour, it always means one thing: So first, the girls shared aperitivo with their buddy¬†Loic on the … Continue reading Aqueous Transmissions

Into the (Italian) Wild

Despite the fact I prefer volcanic to arctic, the air in Faenza these days is inescapably infernal. Today a mischievous humidity also creeps about so thick and damp it seems … Continue reading Into the (Italian) Wild