• Italy
  • August in Milan

    The town of Vernazza, in Italy's Cinque Terre: One of the most popular spots where Italians go to escape August in Milan for the Ferragosto holiday period.

    I am writing this sitting on the floor of my apartment, where my clammy legs are sticking to the mercifully cool stone tiles. It’s nine in the morning. What’s that parable about the poor mouse (or maybe a frog?) swimming in the pot of cold water that doesn’t even notice when it starts to be […]

  • Italy
  • “Apocalypto”

    It’s been a week since I woke up in Bulgaria (for no real reason) to the news of a new president-elect back home. During this week, I’ve had lots of dinners with Italians – not because of the election but because in Italy, there are almost always lots of dinners to be had – so […]