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Italian Holidays, the art of ‘il ponte’

It’s no secret that Italians love their holidays. Being an American and seeing holiday after public holiday being scrapped for yet another work or school day it is quite nice to live in a place that appreciates the art of taking a break. To quote one of my fave films The Shining, All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.. well if he was Italian Giacchino would have no problem to fare il ponte.  Back to the term ‘fare il…

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Discovering Pistoia, Ciao donkey!

pistoia center

After a pretty stressful workweek and stage 1 of the nightmare before christmas  (renewing my permesso) me and some friends decided we really needed to have a good weekend. Friday night was spent drinking the world away at a friends house, ordering pizzas and laughing till our sides hurt about one of my friend’s recent experiences with a local priest coming to bless her house ( yes this really happens in Italy).  The following morning we all got up somewhat…

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