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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Orange is the New Code

New provisions signed by our PM to try to contain the new coronavirus wave divided our lovely Italian boot into three color palettes based on the level of alarm. And Orange is my new color-code! The Autumn Colors Yellow = The yellow regions are Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Lazio, Marche, Molise, Sardinia, Veneto and the autonomous province […]

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Until Further Notice

COVID is back with revenge EU is under a new wave of Covid. No need to give out numbers, every country in the world has its own data and preoccupations. This time thought, Italy is not at the forefront.  The winners are France 1 235 132;  Spain 1 136 503; and United Kingdom 942,275, are the countries with most […]

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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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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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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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Plague and COVID–Analogies

The striking analogies between the Plague and the COVID Today the most affected regions by the virus are Lombardy, Veneto, but also England, Spain, and France on a wider horizon (the USA was not on the map yet!); they are symbols of an overwhelming historical-epidemic memory, devastated by the plague.  The plague that struck Europe between 1347 […]

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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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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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