A Chat with Giulia Rontani of Etta’s Bookshop // Quattro chiacchiere con Giulia Rontani di Etta’s Bookshop

Can you imagine pursuing a dream, working month after month to achieve your goal, then as your aspirations begin to reach fruition… Pandemic enters the stage. It’s a tale of struggle and uncertainty known to all too-many small entrepreneurs and small business owners around the world, including one of my favorite “new” places in Lucca, … More A Chat with Giulia Rontani of Etta’s Bookshop // Quattro chiacchiere con Giulia Rontani di Etta’s Bookshop

View from Our Window(s) – Part I. Global Pandemic from the Perspective of Three Different Countries.

At the beginning of 2020 – not for nothing, but doesn’t that seem like a decade ago? – Matt and I had a dream of nesting in an apartment we had recently purchased in Lucca, Italy. That dream, however, as much as we’ve tried, has stubbornly alluded us (aka the visa-saga).  Maybe that struggle is … More View from Our Window(s) – Part I. Global Pandemic from the Perspective of Three Different Countries.

A Look Back: Sometimes in Life, You Gotta Dive into the Deep to Find Home.

Sometimes in life, you gotta dive into the deep to find home. And, “surprise!” (at least, it is for us), we are ready for the plunge! Four times, that’s how many rotations we have streaked around the globe in mileage during the last 44 months since plunging into nomadic life. We’ve traveled non-stop, sampling the … More A Look Back: Sometimes in Life, You Gotta Dive into the Deep to Find Home.

Setting the Stage for Positive Outcomes, in Times of Crisis.

Cyprus, 10 March 2020 I stared up to the ceiling for a long while this morning before rolling my sleep-deprived body out of bed. The night had been restless, tossing, turning and thinking about our friends in Italy and what the latest developments – including a countrywide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus – … More Setting the Stage for Positive Outcomes, in Times of Crisis.

Should I Wear a Bathing Suit? Here’s What to Know Before Stepping Foot in an Italian Spa.

Trentino, Italy – Summer 2019 A spa visit, even in your home country where you understand language and customs, can be an intimidating experience for first-timers. When traveling in a different country, the stress of knowing what to do, and, more importantly, what NOT to do, can negate any sauna’s potential for relaxation. When you … More Should I Wear a Bathing Suit? Here’s What to Know Before Stepping Foot in an Italian Spa.