Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy Holidays!

Clearly my priorities have been elsewhere lately, but now that the holidays are over I plan to pick back up with the blogging. 
Just as soon as I get back from vacation.

Check back in a week or so for my heartwarming Italian Christmas story and an ode to the little dog I borrowed for the holidays.

In the meantime I'll leave you with a little bit of apartment DIY that made my place a bit cozier this season.

Where there's a will...

*See that radiator in the background? Let me just warn you that while it adds authenticity it is not a friend to the aging laptop.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Hipster Christmas

I visited Rome's Vintage Christmas Market today in a part of town I don't hit very often. 
My friend and I saw a ton of cute stuff and knocked a few items of the Christmas list.  But mostly we reveled in the total hipster experience. There were food trucks, homemade nerd memorabilia, 'artisanal' vegan cake, newsboy caps and bluesy covers of Christmas favorites.  It was a good time and a weird reminder of being back in DC.

Only a week to Christmas!

Saturday, December 10, 2016


Last weekend I visited Antarctica (I mean Copenhagen). After my adventure in Norway I was excited to see some more of Scandinavia - and I have A-100 friends to crash with so how could I resist? 

I ended up only doing a long weekend but it was lovely. Unbelievably cold, but lovely. I focused my touristing on the Tivoli gardens, Nyhavn and the Christmas market. I ate smodbrod (spelling?), drank coca, and tried at least five new varieties of pastry. I tried Glogg and Gluhwein (glogg is the Danish version, both sweeter and a bit less alcoholic than gluhwein), wandered the stalls full of ornaments and furs, and admired the seriously extensive decorations.  I even saw Santa. If anyone is looking for somewhere to get their Christmas fix in, Denmark is the place. 

Love how bikeable Copenhagen was, and how no one found it necessary to lock them up.


Forgive the filter, but my camera can only do so much with low light. 

Sadly this is the best picture I got of the balloon ride but it was just charming. Google Tivoli, you'll see.

More Tivoli

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Rome Everyday

Well, that's it, 30 days - with a bit of cheating to hit the every-day target.  Hope you've enjoyed the random spin through my life here in Italy. And now I'm off to celebrate by ... leaving Italy. Just for the weekend of course.

Ciao, ciao!

(Photo from my recent trip to Florence)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Rome Everyday

Beautiful walk to work this morning - beyond freezing, but very, very beautiful.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Rome Everyday


Since most of my visitors don't just hang around the Embassy neighborhood all day, here's another pizza recommendation you can try just about anywhere in Rome (as you can tell from the map below). I highly recommend a simple pizza margherita here - they make it somehow fresher and more flavor packed than any other pizzeria.  Another bonus is that they sell pizza 'al taglio' meaning you can choose whatever size you want from any of the types available - and mix and match if you've got a big enough appetite.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Rome Everyday

More recommendations. This time for pizza - my favorite also happens to be the most convenient on a workday.  It may not look fancy but they make the best "diavolo" I've tasted in Italy so far.