Time and Time Again

So I’ve now been flying over 10 hours and I have to say its really not been that bad thanks to my trusty iPad. I have spent many hours watching “The Good Wife”, a television series I hadn’t watched before. I don’t watch much television so these kinds of trips give me an opportunity to catch up. Last time I went to Europe I watched multiple episodes of Grey’s Anatomy. While waiting to board the plane at LAX, I met a young Italian woman from Venice, going home to visit her mother and grandmother. Interestingly she is attending Occidental College…

Italian Word of the Week from Gemelli Press: Arrangiarsi

Gemelli Press has a great new weekly series featuring a new Italian word every week. Here’s an excerpt from their first entry. Well done Gemelli! ARRANGIARSI [ahr-rahn-JAHR-see]:  TO ARRANGE ONESELF This is one of Italian’s famous reflexive verbs, so “si arrangia”means “she arranges herself” or “he arranges himself.” OK, minds out of the gutter. That is *not* what it means. “Arranging oneself” is more figurative, and it may not make a lot of sense to you. I empathize. That’s because arrangiarsi is so utterly Italian. Indeed, it has been called l’arte di arrangiarsi (the art of arranging onself). So what’s…

I before E…. except after C

This is a rhyme all of us learned in school when studying grammar.  Not too hard to learn and it pretty much holds true.  Receive. Perceive. Believe. Yes. It works.  Enter, the Italian language.  So many  grammar rules with so many exceptions. It goes on and on. Makes me dizzy trying to understand the rule, then learn when the rule doesn’t apply.  Every Tuesday evening I have a private tutoring lesson with my Italian teacher, Elisabetta. It’s an enjoyable session where I learn not only about the language but also about the culture and the country. We talk, laugh and…

Mondays at the Marketplace

A couple of years ago I became interested in learning about my Italian ancestors.  With Bavetta being the family name, I set out to find them in Sicily.  This has proven to be more difficult than I thought.  So I built a webpage Bavettas.com and started building a family tree – thinking I could figure out how to get my distant relatives to help with the tree.  They had to be out there right?  Well I found about 300 Bavettas on Facebook and another handful on Twitter, but I have yet to find any new relatives or establish any new…

So much to see, so little time……

So, last night I had dinner at my mom’s house and thought I would take that opportunity to ask her what I should see while I’m in Florence.  She used to teach art history so she knows a thing or two about it.  While I knew that Florence has a remarkable treasure trove of interesting art, I wasn’t prepared for the list of “must-do’s”  – just in the Uffizi alone you could spend days, weeks and even years!! Not to mention the Pitti Palace, the Duomo… and… and..  I’m breathless. I left last night with 3 large history of art…

Finding the perfect walking shoes…..and other fairy tales.

In a perfect world there would be perfect walking shoes. Or so I keep thinking. A while back I noticed that the shoe stores had stopped carrying my shoe size. “Do you have this one in a five and a half?” I’d ask, dangling my latest find under their nose. I wasn’t prepared for the answer. “Oh, we don’t carry that size anymore.” It was like they had erased me, banished me to the corner, sent me to bed without dinner. Something just didn’t add up. But it was true, they had stopped carrying my size. And, this was true…

Pre Trip Log: Testing the iPad

Those of you who know me aren’t surprised. Yes. I’m geeky about technology. Love it. So when I found an application for my iPad that would allow me to easily create WordPress.com posts AND insert photos from my camera I was excited! I’m testing this today to see how it works. Seems easy enough and not complicated. For my other techno geek friends, here’s the setup: one iPad (mine is first generation but I’d have to assume it will work with the iPad 2 also), one Eye-Fi wireless sd card for my cannon s95 camera, Eye-Fi iPad application, an iPad…