Mean Girls of Milan: You Can’t Gym With Us

Three young women exercising on mats

On Wednesdays, we wear spandex.

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Vicini di Casa: Do You Know Your Neighbors?

A yellow door with the number 31 next to a green door with the number 33

Instead of cups of sugar, we've exchanged keys and screams.

When Italians DGAF: A Menefreghista Montage

Art print that says "Whatever"

The word "menefreghista" doesn't exist in English, but it's now part of my daily Italian vocabulary.

3 Antidotes to Seasonal Affective Pet Peeve Disorder

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Smother minor annoyances with minor delights.

KonMari Your Life by Moving to Italy

Black, grey, white clothes hanging neatly coordinated, KonMari method

Behold the life-changing magic of Iowans on Facebook Marketplace.

Report: Pakistani Migrants Force-fed Cheese by White Lady

Wooden board with cheeses, crackers, nuts, appetizers

I attempt to prove I'm a competent adult, despite what my plumber thinks.

Come Si Dice “Silver Linings”?

Trees along a snowy lake with fog

In an attempt to be more jolly this holiday season, here are the silver linings to my recent grievances.

The Girl Who Got Her Italian Residence Permit (For Real This Time)

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Too legit to quit, ragazzi.

The One Where I Get Stranded and Swindled in a Milan Suburb

Bus passengers' feet

“I don’t think I have the right ticket…” I text Alberto from a bus -- a bus that I’m riding illegally without any valid documents aside from an old Iowa driver’s license.

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).