We Stay in a Cottage in Ireland. There...

16th Oct, 2012

– Folks, I am ill, ill, ill. I was supposed to leave for California this morning, but changed my ticket last night. It was around that time that my nostrils…

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A Quick Spanish Lesson for My Husband

17th May, 2012

My darling husband has a slightly inflated impression of my foreign language abilities. A haggling session in Cuzco left him believing that my Spanish was far better than it actually…

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8 Totally Innocuous German Words That...

23rd Apr, 2012

When I was ten or eleven, my mother took my brother and me to see Universal Soldier in the movie theater, at my brother’s request. For those of you unfamiliar…

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Cilantro vs. Coriander, and The Verbal...

12th Dec, 2011

There are some arguments that will consume you. They will take over your entire mind and body, so that you find yourself shaking with rage, unable to think of anything…

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WTF Wednesday: Italian TV

4th May, 2011

TV outside of the U.S. is such a treasure. After spending the whole day roaming around a foreign city, sampling a dozen or so local desserts (for journalistic integrity is…

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Italian T.S.A. – no longer a...

8th Apr, 2011

– You know that old joke about heaven and hell? How in heaven, the police are British, the engineers are German, the cooks are Italian, the lovers are French? And…

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The local and the tourist

31st Mar, 2011

We are sitting in a restaurant in Rome. The Peroni Brewery Restaurant, to be exact. Shockingly, it is neither touristy, nor overpriced, nor terrible, but it is overrun with locals…

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10 words Britons should not say in...

21st Feb, 2011

Recently, my home has come to resemble a slumber party full of middle school girls. There’s been lots of giggling, and excitement, and jumping around, and yes, it’s because of…

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Lost in Translation: A Facebook Play

20th Jan, 2011

Recently, I posted something to Facebook. Despite appearances to the contrary, I really was thinking in general terms, and not a specific person. Here was my status: Okay, fine, maybe,…

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