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The Czechia Town Straight Out Of A Fairy Tale: Český Krumlov

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You almost can’t believe that this town was the backdrop for one of the cheesiest horror movies of my youth. But it is. Think back to 2005. It was one of the most important years of my life, I had just got done teaching English to middle school students in a southern city in China, about to embark on a year’s study abroad adventure in Florence. It was before I had a Facebook account, when people still sent long personal emails and…

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Two Nights In Monti, Rome’s Perfect Central Neighborhood

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On my many return trips to Rome, I’ve been on the hunt to discover it neighborhood and neighborhood. It’s vast size requires that you have somewhat of a plan, the blisters on the bottom of my feet and well-worn boot heels are physical war-wounds from past trips where I would just “walk aimlessly” from A to B. Sounds like the plot to “Roman Holiday” but only if your idea of a vacation comes with multiple trips to the Pharmacy and…

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November Events in Florence, Italy

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In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull everyone from bed in a fog. Food is better in November than any other time of the year. ― Cynthia Rylant, In November   While Tuscans aren’t in love with cinnamon like us Americans, this quote does ring a bell personally.  I absolutely adore the month of November. A…

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Women Artists and the 1966 Flood of Florence

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While I type, sun slowly filters in my bedroom window. I can see the red terra-cotta tiles of our neighboring palazzi shine in a way that only happens in late October. A slight chill in the air, but still pleasant enough to keep the windows open. It’s really my favorite season in town, and sooner than you know it November will be here. Coming up just next week marks an important event in local history. The 50th anniversary of the…

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Why I’ll Never Forget The Czech City of Telč

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I’ll never forget the day of June 24th, 2016.   Nico and I were in a cute and spacious apartment in the picturesque town of Telč, nestled on the border of Monrovia and Bohemia in Czechia, just under a two hour drive from Prague. It’s the kind of place you imagine cornered in a Disney-world kingdom, complete with colorful architecture and tranquil small ponds surrounding the town. You know, where happy Czech people sing folk songs while offering you huge pints…

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How (Not) To Learn Another Language As An Adult

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A while back I was reading somewhere online (ok Forbes) that Less than 20 percent of American adults speak a language other than English. It piqued my interest because as a second language speaker in Italy I thought what about Europe? In The Guardian apparently just over half of Europeans (54%) are able to hold a conversation in at least one additional language, which is pretty impressive considering so many university and high school classes in Italy focalize on a more  theory-based curriculum. It got…

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