What’s it like to renovate in another country? This Italian phrase best describes our current phase.

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.

Skip Cheap Trinkets. Here’s Where to Shop and What to Buy in Venice, Italy

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

What Every Traveler Needs to Know – Flight Rights

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