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Locals I Love: Katja Meier

This week’s local I love is an extraordinary person who lives in what I think is an instagram dreamworld (her terrace) but Katja is anything but a vapid social media personality. She is a former actress turned writer, altruistic soul, olive picker—and now author of her first book “Across The Big Blue Sea” that highlights her time working in an Italian refugee home that I highlighted earlier this year in a “what to read” roundup on the blog. We’ve met…

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Locals I Love: Talking to Suzi Jenkins

“I am destined to be an eternal hybrid” With that phrase alone, I know Suzi gets what it’s like to live abroad long-term. I have fallen behind on “Locals I love” (get out the whips and chains y’all!) and I am determined to not let that happen again because I adore it so and that’s pretty selfish. This blog takes a lot to maintain as far as costs, personal time, effort and fact-checking, photo editing, but that’s no excuse in…

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Locals I Love: Tommaso Galli

When I think about couples that I admire in Italy, one that always comes foremost in my mind is Tommaso and Giulia. Both are Tuscan born and raised and run one of the best (my opinion) food blogs in both Italian and English. If that wasn’t impressive if in its own right, quite frankly they almost make it look easy and yet I know how hard it is. From taking superb photos, to running workshops, to making time for themselves,…

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Locals I Love: Elena Ciprietti

There’s some people you meet in life who you instantly click with. Perhaps it’s a shared passion, or the warm comfort of being with someone who belly laughs as deeply as you do.   Elena is that kind of person for me.   It helps that we share a very similar career in social media management, which is wonderful when you need to “shop talk” with someone who gets it. We sneakily messaging one another throughout the week when sharing…

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Locals I Love: Elizabeth Orchard

“Art is not a thing, it is a way.” ~Elbert Hubbard.   I would imagine hope that my latest interviewee agrees with the above statement. It’s how I imagine the life of those who create art, maybe it’s a word best described as a verb rather than a noun. Elizabeth Orchard is one of those people who’s voice instantly catches your attention. The last time I saw her, she served mint tea in classic tea cups, or Franciacorta (because bubbles are…

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Locals I Love: Shannon Quinn Fioravanti

  It’s funny how you can live in a city for almost 10 years and have a variety of friendships that span that timeframe. I think it has something to do with living in a place that is a bit transient at times. Of course I am not referring to the Italian community, even though plenty of people come from all over Italy to work in Florence too, but more our international group of friends. People come here, are passionate about…

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