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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We Can Walk!

Running and walking Walking and running are now permitted if we stay within 500 meters from our homes. That’s not much at all, but it is way better than nothing. Also wearing a mask is a priority—and I’m ok with that. Well, not running really with the mask, but again it is an allowance much […]

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Longing for Better Days

There is some hope now, the contagion toll is stable now. The deaths were terribly high, especially among the seniors hosts of retirement homes. This forced inactivity surely though us many valuable lessons, it depends if the “lessons learned” will stay with us, or if they will be fast forgotten. Hopefully not. I had a […]

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Nature Reclaiming its Space

How Long will take for nature to reclaim all the space we took? A blink of an eye! If there is a positive note of the Coronavirus emergency that we are facing, it is that of having been forced to slow down our rhythms to safeguard our health. The surprise was that in no time […]

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Quarantine

  Most used word of 2020 Quarantine meaning is easy to guess for Italians—this is where it originated—and for Spanish-speaking people as well, but maybe not for all others. The word quarantine comes from “quarantena,” a variant of the Italian quaranta giorni, meaning “forty days“, used in 14th-15th-century Venetian dialect and designating a period of isolation as a preventive measure against […]

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The Silver Lining of COVID19

Italy is on its 3rd week of FULL STOP, and going! For as bad as this Virus is there is a silver lining to it: In Fact In just a few days we have solved the problem of traffic, pollution, food waste, gambling addiction, and the invasion of migrants. Italians in the near future will […]

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