Me, Myself and My Tent

Ladies, start your engines! The world is opening up again and there’s no better time than now to get out and do what you want to do. Safely. Joyfully. Boldly.

12 Things I Enjoyed In 2020

Ho-ho-holidays are here! It’s hard to avoid the fact that they’re quite different than usual. Perhaps we’re still eating ham, turkey or to-furkey–or over here in my corner of Italy, … Continue reading 12 Things I Enjoyed In 2020

Coro-normality

One of the busiest highways in Italy is emptier than a toilet paper shelf in America. What’s the (quarantined) world coming to?!

A Walk With Mr. O (A Coronavirus Story)

The thing about Mr. O is that he doesn’t say much. That’s dandy because after three weeks at home, I’ve grown accustomed to long periods of silence. I live with … Continue reading A Walk With Mr. O (A Coronavirus Story)

Getting Things Not Done in Italia: On Organization

Last week, I rode my commuter bike to a chain outdoor store in search of fuel. I don’t yet have gas for my apartment, so I’m living like a starving … Continue reading Getting Things Not Done in Italia: On Organization

A Florence in Ferrara

For just one euro, a Florence in Ferrara receives yet another life lesson from an unexpected source. Grab a beer, you’re in for another adventure with a Sylva lining…

It Was Solved By Walking

When the teacher at my Italian school in Bologna introduces the subject for the day and I start laughing, it’s hard to explain why. I’ve just arrived from the train … Continue reading It Was Solved By Walking

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