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

Some (Still) Like It Hot

At some point between December and February, I get a powerful urge to give winter the finger. While living in Colorado, this usually meant a vacation to Mexico or the … Continue reading Some (Still) Like It Hot

Getting Things Not Done in Italy: Retail Shopping

Find yourself in Italy and need a new pair of trousers or — God forbid — a pair of tights? It might not be as easy as you’d imagine… confused? Non ti preoccupare (don’t worry), I’ll explain…

Falling Season

In my corner of Romagna, t-shirt weather has persisted until the very end of October. It’s got all the wrinkled Romagnolo men who play cards and stare at women all … Continue reading Falling Season

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

Romagna Mia: A Blissful Backyard Bike Tour

Remember when Sylva was thinking she could use a little routine in her life? Well that was last week. This week, Sylva’s off for a little, spur-of-the-moment bike adventure in her Italian backyard!

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…

Hearts in Training

Trains. Ferris wheels. Lionel Ritchie. Cussing. What do all these things have in common? Read on to find out…

The Audacity of Trying

An American in Italy, trying to see what happens when she tries to make her dreams come true. She wants to stay, live, work and drink spritz. Mamma mia, why does it all have to be so difficult?