Closed and Sad

Today was our first day of Code Orange lockdown. Sunday is not Sunday with Bars, Pasticcerie, and Restaurants closed. Giving up espresso, cappuccino, and aperitivo is though. We are glad that it is still possible to walk around the town and to use the parks for exercise. So there are many runners around. But to […]

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Mamma Mia!

Here we go again. The news are not good; Not only the virus is back again, but it is growing with alarming speed. It is not funny! And with the contagion numbers growing, there are new restrictions. Not as strict as in Feb-March of this year but still nothing to be happy about. It is […]

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It’s Back!

COVID is Back with Revenge Not as drammatic as in France, but still worrisome. See the graphic below dated October 11th. Once again the region with the highest rate of infection is Lombardy, the Veneto region is also high up. While the cities with most infections are: Milan (again); Torino; Brescia; Bergamo (again); Rome; Naples; […]

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Please Don’t Go

Summer is ending, and I never felt so sorry to see it going. Usually as cooler temperatures set in, it is with a certain pleasure that we start looking forward to warmer clothing, real shoes instead of sandals, slides, and flip flops. Not This Time This year however, summer was not long enough, or so […]

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Missing You

Dear tourist, It has been almost 6 months since you left. It feels so lonely here without you. Yes, true that sometimes there were just too many of you, I felt overwhelmed and could not give you all the attention you deserved, but now it feels too empty. I miss you very, very much, and […]

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The Summer of Our Discontent

“Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York; And all the clouds that lour’d upon our house” W. Shakespeare According to W. Shakespeare after the “discontented winter” there would be a glorious summmer. It doesn’t look like it will be in 2020. Summer is here, nice and breeze, […]

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Post COVID (is it really “post?”)

I’m not totally sure that we are now a “Post COVID” country. Surely the graph below is encouraging, but we are all concerned about a new spike in contagion in the fall, or as a consequence of the few tourists arriving from other EU countries to our beaches (well, ”few” relative to previous years influx […]

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Some Added Freedom

We got some more freedom to roam! First priority to see friends that are not relatives nor “CONGIUNTI!” The cherry picking was an extra bonus!

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Piano, Piano, Pianissimo

TAKING STOCK I walked the streets of my town this morning to see how we are getting back to our feet. “Slowly” is the key word. I got an espresso to go from a bar. It is one of my favorite places in summer because they enjoy an outdoors area next to a little creek. […]

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Social Distancing and Clear Blue Skies

The long awaited freedom to roam is approaching. Although the official day to let us out—like a herd of horses waiting for the corral to be opened—will be May 4th, the streets are busy. Many on foot, always in couples. There is a lot of walking, jogging, and power walking. It is quite nice to […]

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Congiunti, or Your Kin

49 Days have passed since Italy started the lockdown. 49 difficult, sorrowful, boring, and worrisome days. Somehow we made it! We all waited for the PM speech on April 26, to know how our new life will be from now to mid-May. The PM bravely started his speech praising his fellow Italians: «You have shown […]

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A Quarantine of Hoax and Bread

Hoax (& Fake News) In Italian, they are called “bufale.” I had no idea where and when that word came about. I used to think that bufala was referring to that special mozzarella, only.  “BUFALA” can be traced back to the term “dis-information”, as Claire Wardle explains in the “Council of Europe report DGI (2017) […]

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