‘Fraidy Cat

There they go calling me brave again. This time, it’s my current host dad. The tallest Italian I’ve ever seen in my life is staring across the dinner table at me, having poured me another glass of wine, and saying, “I think it must take somebody pretty brave to do what you’re doing”. I blush, … Continue reading

Hello, Goodbye

I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello. Actually, I know exactly why you say goodbye. It’s because we’re going in different directions starting tomorrow. After this very wonderful time together, we’re parting ways, both hoping it’s not a forever kind of goodbye, it’s just an until the next time we see each … Continue reading

Thriving On Change

Italy has changed me already. I’ve only been here for two weeks, living with host families and teaching English in summer camps, but already I notice two things that are different now from when I arrived. The first is drinking coffee. I never did at home (no, I don’t count those java-mocha-however-many-pumps-syrupy-chocolatey concoctions Starbucks brews … Continue reading

The Four O’Clock Shower: Rituals, Habits, and Hygiene

Remember that annoying kid who refused to take a shower because they didn’t like it? Who would show up at school, completely oblivious to their greasy hair, having ignored their parents’ pleas and cries of anguish? Yep, that used to be me. I could not stand to take a shower. One memorable summer, through a … Continue reading