What’s it like to renovate a small apartment in another country? This Italian phrase best describes the current phase of our Totally-Crazy Tuscan Renovation Project. 7 June, Lucca, Italy. Do you remember the last update, when hammering was my every day’s soundtrack? Well, today’s music is the drill. A tune so shrill, a neighbor, from … More What’s it like to renovate in another country? This Italian phrase best describes our current phase.
You know those decisions you make – the stubborn-headed ones – which leave little doubt to making your life more complicated? Weeks 5 & 6 of our Crazy Tuscan Renovation Project finds us crunched between two such decisions. Like pilgrimage, every year, we visit a tiny northern Italian village, (located over 300 km from the … More Doubt Creeps In. Weeks 5 & 6 of Our Crazy Tuscan Renovation Project Tests Us to the Core.
The irony of owning scantly more than what fits in a backpack (stuffed to its limit, granted) while authoring a shopping guide isn’t lost on me. It’s true that I rarely shop and the mere thought of “stuff accumulation” gives me the shakes. The reason I was drawn to this assignment – to create a … More Skip Cheap Trinkets. Here’s Where to Shop and What to Buy in Venice, Italy
December 2016 During research and interviews for my latest “Travel Secrets” column for Paste magazine, I began to realize how little I truly knew about my rights when it comes to flight. Like many travelers, I was packing enough assumptions to burst a roller bag. My usual MO with a majorly delayed or cancelled flight … More What Every Traveler Needs to Know – Flight Rights