CoronaVirus “Sacramento” my 10 day Journey


      I’m not an alarmist by nature. You won’t find me screaming “the world is coming to the end” on I street , or fighting over a twelve pack of Ultra Charmin Toilet Paper at the Alhambra Safeway. I’ve survived the Loma Prieta Earthquake, Y2K, Sars, Swine Flu , The Ebola Virus andContinue reading “CoronaVirus “Sacramento” my 10 day Journey”

Italy: Small town will pay rent or give you money towards buying a home.


The town of Teora, Avellino Photo courtesy of Enzo Ciccone/Facebook Fifty six miles southeast of Naples ,Italy is Teora.  Like many cities in Italy, Teora’s population has shrunk and is offering incentives to those willing to relocate. As one depopulated Italian town offers to contribute towards new residents’ rent or the purchase of a home,Continue reading “Italy: Small town will pay rent or give you money towards buying a home.”

Italy: 2020 will be a good year to buy and refurbish a home in an Italian city


Photo: g_u/Flickr If you’ve been saving up to invest in a dream home in Italy, the country’s 2020 budget law has lots of new tax breaks to help you refurbish an old property in the country’s towns and cities. Italy’s government wants to encourage people to invest in old homes in the country’s urban areasContinue reading “Italy: 2020 will be a good year to buy and refurbish a home in an Italian city”

10 insulting ways to describe someone in Italian


Photo: Deposit Photos Here’s what to say when people get on the wrong side of you in Italy. By:Clare Speak/The Local When living in Italy, you’ll no doubt come across a dodgy character or two before long. And you’ll want to use a few colorful words when later describing such encounters to your Italian friends.Continue reading “10 insulting ways to describe someone in Italian”

The secret life of class reunions


A class reunion is a time machine of sorts… By: Scarlet Michaelson/The American in Italia The closest invention to a time machine is perhaps the high school reunion. Going back to the campus where you went to school every day as a teenager and experiencing that strong sense of familiarity – even though years have passedContinue reading “The secret life of class reunions”

Foreigners rank Italy ‘worst place in Europe’ for internet and paying without cash


Is your Wifi in Italy fast enough to let you FaceTime? Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP International residents in Italy are less satisfied with digital services than anywhere else in Europe, according to a new expat survey.   Italy ranked 57th out of 68 countries around the world when foreign residents were asked to rate the easeContinue reading “Foreigners rank Italy ‘worst place in Europe’ for internet and paying without cash”

Red pants, smashed plates and bingo: Six reasons Italian New Year is awesome


Fireworks in Venice. Photo: msavoia/Depositphotos By:Catherine Edwards/ The Local The Italians have a reputation for being a superstitious bunch, and some of their New Year customs can startle the uninitiated foreigner. From the correct underwear to smashing crockery, The Local looks at the stories behind Italy’s strangest New Year traditions.   They wear red underwearContinue reading “Red pants, smashed plates and bingo: Six reasons Italian New Year is awesome”

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is slowly losing its lean


  The Leaning Tower of Pisa is now stable and has even straightened slightly thanks to engineering work to save the world-renowned tourist attraction, experts said on Wednesday. The tower’s Surveillance Group, set up to monitor restoration progress, said in a statement that after 17 years of observation “the Tower of Pisa is stable andContinue reading “The Leaning Tower of Pisa is slowly losing its lean”

Italy: Beautiful seaside towns where tourists don’t tread


Santa Cesarea Terme on Puglia’s Adriatic coast boasts great beaches, explorable sea caves and naturally occurring hot springs.         The seaside town of Sperlonga in south Lazio has been the getaway of choice for those in the know since antiquity. It’s easy to see why. The resort of Stintino in northern SardiniaContinue reading “Italy: Beautiful seaside towns where tourists don’t tread”

Dear, Canada, Britain, France, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Nigeria, Argentina,Japan, New Zealand and the rest of the world.


Dear, Canada, Britain, France, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Nigeria, Argentina,Japan, New Zealand and the rest of the world, Despite what you read and see on television. America and Americans haven’t lost our minds or our way.  We realize you are bombarded with negative sounds and images emanating from our great nation, leaving the impressionContinue reading “Dear, Canada, Britain, France, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Nigeria, Argentina,Japan, New Zealand and the rest of the world.”