Epiphany is the official 12th day of Christmas, which falls on January 6th. It is a Christian feast day that celebrates the day of Jesus Christ's baptism by John the Baptist, as well as a more general celebration of his birth. It also marks the day …

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Just as practice is required in everything we do in life, so is saying goodbye. The first time I left home I cried on and off most of the day. To be fair, I originally thought I would be gone for a year. Now I am able to say goodbye while holding ba…

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It is a wonderful feeling to state that I am headed home for the holidays. Last year I spent Christmas in Italy for work and although it was beautiful, I missed my family fiercely. Traditions I have celebrated every year since my childhood were not …

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Over the river and through the woods to one of the best kept secrets Italy has, I go! Perhaps it cut my time a little short, but I enjoyed taking a late morning train this trip. I woke up at 8 in the morning without that typical drowsy feeling I hav…

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This was my second annual Thanksgiving in Italy and the preparations began the day after Halloween. Keep in mind, I have not been cooking long. In fact, I have only really been cooking for about two years. Therefore, this entire idea of cooking an e…

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Hakuna Matata, means "no worries" and that is exactly the spirit of our long day trip to Verona. We set out about two in the afternoon. The car was filled with a mixture of Christmas Carols and Disney theme songs the whole way there. A lovely rendit…

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Late as usual, Elisa & I rushed to the arrival gate so that we may receive our guest, also known as my replacement. Of course, despite our tardiness we had both noticed the café just standing there calling our name. "We shouldn't." "We really don't …

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This weekend was a relaxing one with friends. On Saturday I took the train from San Pietro in Casale to Bologna for a little shopping. I have been in serious need of a winter coat. This autumn in Italy is proving to be much colder than last year. In…

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It was about 6 months ago that I last attempted to travel to Ravenna. My friends and I happened to jump on the wrong train out of San Pietro in Casale. Instead of heading to Ravenna, we found ourselves on the way to Venice. This almost happened agai…

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It is the beginning to a wonderful night and time for my first shot of the evening; whiskey is my preference. My mouth slightly waters as I watch the bottle being poured and a rush of excitement goes through me. As I slam it back I instantly feel th…

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