The Strangers I Meet or Ignore on the Milan Subway

Red subway car with doors open

Riding the Milan subway makes me feel like a globetrotter who’s got places to go and people to see (I don’t, usually).

How to Almost Get Your Italian Residency Permit

Old iron gate with spikes partially lowered over stone arch

Italy is a gorgeous country with delectable food and fascinating history, but (1) You already know that. (2) It’s more fun to write about dumpster fires. So, here’s another one of my infernos.

Pain in the Neck or Cultural Whiplash? How to Get X-Rays in Italy

Fake skeleton looks at x-ray against window

“Niente di grave,” the doctor begins, pausing to look at me intently. Nothing serious. He either senses my anxiety or he doesn’t trust my language skills. Probably both.

What to Do in Stockholm, Sweden (According to an Italian, U.S. American, Dane and Some Swedes)

Buildings in Gamla Stan in Stockholm, Sweden

Most Italians head to the stunning seaside for their summer vacations, but we were looking to add not shed layers, so we headed north to the land of cinnamon buns and paternity leave.

Motherhood from Italy to Taiwan (or 2019 Women’s March Sign Inspiration)

Pregnant woman holds stomach

“I need a job for a woman. Un lavoro per una donna,” this earnest, bright-eyed 19-year-old said to me.

Stranger Danger Isn’t Real at Dinnertime: Milan Airbnb Experience

Pasta making machine with hand holding noodles

I don't enjoy cooking but I do like homemade Italian food and interesting dinner companions.

Health Care in Italy: A Tale of Three Doctors

Medical supplies on table and doctor's hand with clipboard

“Take off your underwear,” the doctor instructed. Right now? In this moment? Here? Can I get a gown or glass of wine first?

On (Not) Dating a Macho Mammone Italian Man

Statue of David

“I’m very sorry,” my teacher Sara replies when I share that I’m married to an Italian.

Casa Dolce Casa (aka We Told You Not to Move)

Apartment building with balconies

The gurgle of an air conditioner dying is a most terrible sound.

4 Ways to (Not) Move Out of Your Italian Parents’ Home

Wiener dog popping out of cardboard box

After all we've done for you, you ungrateful son-of-a-me.