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.

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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.

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.

7 Reasons You Might Be Sick, According to Nonna

Sick person under bed covers

“But it’s good for your cholesterol!” she protested before going on the stoop to smoke.

Being the Coddled Daughter (or How to Use Your Privilege in Italy)

Lady bug crawling on plant - sign of luck

I’m looking forward to the day when I don’t feel like a 10-year-old only daughter whose adoption papers were just finalized.

Becoming Italian Part 2 (or How to Get Legit in Italy – Codice Fiscale + Tessera Sanitaria)

Italian jets in sky form colors of Italian flag next to angel statue

We head to Agenzia delle Entrate to get my codice fiscale (more or less an Italian social security number) and tessera sanitaria, a card that will allow me to enroll in the public health system in Italy (suck it, Paul Ryan).

Flying Solo (or How to Bond with Your Italian In-Laws)

Pouring coffee into multiple cups

In a jet-laggy fog, I wish Alberto good luck -- it’s his first day at a new job and my first Monday alone in a foreign city.