Sneak Peek: Our Grandparents

If you are partly "Italian-American" (as I am), and that ancestry stems from you being a product of immigrants who arrived in the U.S. between about 1870-1914 (as I am), it's likely you grew up with a complicated relationship with Italy. My maternal great-grandparents were all Italian immigrants. My grandparents were born in the U.S. …

Because We Love Italy

In the first two volumes, I concentrated (unsurprisingly, I suppose) on three countries: the U.S., France, and Britain. However, I also made scattered references to Italy. I included the likes of "James" having an Italian aunt, "Isabelle" having been to a language school in Rome, "Giorgio" debating Italian girls with "Isabelle," English "Natalie's" younger cousin …

Language Barriers

On February 24, I noted CNN's report on the tragic death in Rome a couple days earlier of U.S. study abroad student John Durkin. The 21 year old college junior's body was found in a train tunnel. He had been hit and killed by a train. He was last seen alive leaving a bar called …

American Study Abroad Students … And Alcohol

Back on Saturday, CNN reported on the death of a American college junior in Rome: A U.S. student who went missing while studying abroad in Italy was found dead inside a railroad tunnel in central Rome, police there said Saturday. Investigators are looking into the death of John Durkin, an economics major from Rye Beach, …

The World’s Most Photographed Places

The Global Post tells us: While an American city (New York) takes the top spot, Europe dominates the world when it comes to being photographable. Eight out of the top 10 cities are located on the continent. However, notice that none of the top ten on either the world or the Europe lists are.... London. …

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