Sunday, June 09, 2013

The not-quite-last post

Dear Readers,

As many of you know, very very soon I'm moving to Portland, OR. Time to begin a new chapter and all that.

I've been so busy this past month planning the move and packing (and purging--my God! the purging!) that I haven't had time for the blog. But I still have another several posts to spill forth from my frothing-over 12-years-in-Italy experience, once I settle a bit into my new Portlandia digs and discontinue the euphoric partying over the fact that I won't have to see my in-laws anymore. So if you haven't already, subscribe to this humble old blog by scrolling down the right side of the page, or at least join the Facebook page--that way you'll get the sparkling new posts/updates as soon as they hit the street, so to speak. Or just keep checking back and try not to curse me for not writing (keeping in mind I'm probably busy looking for a cute little bungalow to call home, learning to make my own beer, or training for the Naked Bike Ride).

And watch this space for my eventual new blogging incarnation, which is still in the embryonic stage.


Thanks for reading, friends.

Yours from the Tuscan trenches,



  1. I'm at the purging stage now. It feels great to get rid of all this accumulated stuff.

    I know the container is coming in a couple days and you'll be loading up your home into a few square metres. All the best! Looking forward to the new incarnation!

    1. May the packing Gods be with you, too Isabel :-)

      My hair is sticking straight out from my head now--so much to do! My house looks like the loading dock at Wal-Mart on delivery day.

      To new incarnations!

  2. I just noticed your blog today thanks to Alexandra Korey commenting on your post on FB. I always dream of living in Florence but am trying to stay content living here in California. I am curious to read some of your previous posts to see what living in Florence was like and your future posts to see how your transition back to the U.S. is (you couldn't have picked a better place to resettle than Portland!).

    1. Welcome, Jenna! I'm so pleased to have you stop by the blog and I do hope you enjoy reading through past posts. As you probably know, dreaming of a life in Italy and the reality of living here are two different things, but thankfully there is an awful lot of overlap between the stuff of dreams and the way it is.

      Yes, the new blog will deal with "the transition", that's certain. And I hope to look at and write about my own country in the same vein as writing about my adopted one.

      Thanks for commenting and sharing your enthusiasm for Portland. I am looking forward to being there :-)

    2. Elizabeth, I hope you don't mind me chiming in, but I want to second the thought for Jenna that the dream and reality of living here are very different things, as I have learned over this past year (and also blogged about until the big decision to go back). Don't regret a second of it and highly recommend an extended visit, but would caution against a "permanent" move - depending on your own temperament of course....

    3. Hi Hope--thanks for chiming in :-) Your perspective is invaluable!

  3. Anonymous8:27 PM


    I left Portland last year for Rome. I could not be happier than I am here, but I have to say, this is the only place that could have lured my from Portland. We spent 25 wonderful years there. I hope you love it too! There's a small but lively Italian community, and Portland is a sister city to Bologna. In bocca al lupo!


    1. Hi Laurel, thank you so much for reinforcing my enthusiasm for Portland :-) I am writing this from Napoli, which could possibly be the only place that would lure ME from Portland in future!

      Enjoy the eternal city! Check out the Pines of Rome blog--I think you'll like it. The link is on my blog list.

  4. Okay, just caught up. Great to hear you are heading back West, I look forward to reading your blog from the US. I was not in Italy near as long as you were (only for 4 years) and came back married & pregnant and have had a hell of a time adjusting.

    1. Hi Christy,

      Thank you :-) Congratulations to you on the baby; you must be very thrilled and excited. I know coming back to the U.S. has its challenges, and I wish you all the best. Hang in there!


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