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What to Do in July 2018 in Florence: Personal Suggestions For a Great Month

Summer, you’ve finally arrived. The first day of July rolled in the same day as a heatwave in Florence, no-one is complaining because we all remember the “summer of lucifer” (last year) and it’s July after all. I ended this June on admittedly a stressful note, too many projects and fires at work to put out combined with that email from my commercialista with the first tax-bill for 2018 (trust me, being a freelancer here is not fun)… To battle my dumpy mood…

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A Unique Way to Get Out of Florence: An E-Bike Adventure

It was a rainy Sunday and anyone sane would have taken one look at the forecast and decided to stay in with a bubbling soup and a good book, it was not a day for outdoor activities. I’m not one of those people.  The mere existence of precipitation in Florence is almost always used as a viable excuse to cancel plans and in Italy you can see a pretty good reflection of that in the chaos that can sometimes ensue…

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A New Year, Surprising Revelations, and a Question for You

Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections. Guys, Happy New Year!  I’ve avoided posting any sort of inspirational “how I’m going to be better in 2018 and do a,b,c,d..” because I don’t want to set myself up for failure (low expectations ya’ll!). I’m joking of course, but honestly if I fall prey to any mantra this year it will be something I show you and don’t tell you, because…

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33 Things I’ve Learned Upon Turning 33

10 years ago, I was in Los Angeles finishing my last year of university and preparing to move back to Italy. I had two jobs, at a fancy tanning salon (hilarious), and at my university’s study abroad office talking to overly-excited students about what a year abroad was like in between shifts of crap work. I dyed my hair platinum blond because someone told me I shouldn’t. I shared a small apartment with the most adorable and patient soul in…

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Locals I Love: Lisa Clifford

This week’s locals I love is someone I truly respect and who I’ve only actually met this year. A bit surprising since Florence is such a small town and you would have thought our paths would have crossed much sooner. However just another reason to adore where I live, it constantly has the ability to surprise you. Lisa is an acclaimed author who’s books The Promise and Death in The Mountains have kept me enthralled, as she delves into the…

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Three of The Best Spa Experiences in Florence, Italy

Lately, I feel as if life has been passing by with the speed of a Frecciarossa train between work, friends, and play. Obviously I love it, this is the life that I chose but I also love to complain about it, because essentially that’s what humans do. Deadlines have increased as my workload has heavily increased. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I am still learning how to manage it all and have a life. Like most freelancers, I am…

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