One-Bag Travel: Packing List

In sharing Why We Travel with Only One Bag each, I also shared that traveling so light seemed utterly impossible to me. And that’s because I’m the type of person who likes being prepared for anything and everything! An organizer and champion list maker, I’d jot down everything imaginable and drag it along. Only to realize that we never even used a lot of it!  Continue reading “One-Bag Travel: Packing List”

Travel with Just a Carry On

With many upcoming trips in our near future, I’m dusting off my travel skills! Over the next few months we will be traveling to visit churches, including our northern church in Emilia Romagna. And we’ve also been invited to the 99 year anniversary celebration of the tiny church in Mario’s hometown! All to be capped off with our overseas trip including Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, and Michigan. That’s a lot of travel!  Continue reading “Travel with Just a Carry On”

Where Thrift Reigns {The Italian Village of Thrift}

My husband’s hometown (in the Salerno province) is a village where thrift reigns. The people there have long been used to making do. The current trend toward simplicity and frugality is so normal for them, that they would ask “Is there any other way?”  Continue reading “Where Thrift Reigns {The Italian Village of Thrift}”

Like a Queen: Treating Enemies Like Royalty

No taller than a 10-year old, with a sly and suspicious gleam to her eye, she played the part of the proverbial evil landlady with me, while sweet as honey around Hubby. The other residents, also hostile, seemed amiable by comparison. And the dark, dank apartment revealed a miserly streak as well.  Continue reading “Like a Queen: Treating Enemies Like Royalty”

Culture Shock: Italian Worm Cheese

We have a saying in Italian. Non c’è niente di nuovo sotto il sole. (There is nothing new under the sun.) And yes, I know it’s from the Bible. But I also know that King Solomon, who wrote that, didn’t live in a foreign land. Otherwise, I wonder if he might not have changed it to: “There is something new under the sun. Every day, and in countless ways!”  Continue reading “Culture Shock: Italian Worm Cheese”