About The Blog
Hello! So now you’re here and you’re probably wondering why. It might be because google knows how bad you want to move to Italy or that you’re planning to vacation here soon, or for some reason, you’re drunk and searching for information on Zebra sex or how great it would be if I personally owned a Capybara. Regardless, you’re here. A little bit about the blog:
I started keeping a journal and writing short stories about my life about ten years ago. I wrote about that time a bum stabbed me with a spork on the bus, or the time I was sort-of kidnapped, or the time my mom told me about my “mostly” immaculate conception. Then after college, I became addicted to travel, took off on many adventures and in 2009 decided that it was time to move abroad. If I’m honest, I just needed the experience, to get away, to be freeeee. I wanted to live another life, speak another language, live completely independent of everything I’d known. I basically wanted to complicate the shit out of things. I moved to Italy for grad school, fell in love (super cliché), married an Italian man, and stayed for a long while. Now, I live between Italy and the US.
In this blog, I write about travel and my adventures across the globe from France to Thailand. I write about living in Italy, communication problems and how my husband calls sheets “shits” and beaches “bitches”, and cultural conflicts like that time his mom ironed my thongs. I write about romance, like that time my husband chased me around a piazza with a guitar after we had a fight. This blog honestly documents my life abroad, my missed planes, spilled wine, and seeing amazing things and meeting incredible people. It’s also about my journey as an outsider trying to maintain myself while also trying to fit into my surroundings. I share everything (like seriously, TMI most of the time) about how you can make the move to Italy yourself and what to expect. I cover my daily life, social commentary, news, art and many things pop-culture. It’s not a blog about the magic of Italy and how epically awesome it is 100% of the time because that’s what all of the other travel blogs do. Some days are magical and others, well, others are shit. If you want to know exactly what it’s like to actually like to travel the world and live abroad, this blog is for you. If swearing offends you, I’d leave immediately.
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A Little Somethin’ About M.E.
I was born and raised in Utah, USA as one of the few non-Mormons in my neighborhood and nobody was allowed to play with me hence my shit social skills. I grew up with a very young single mother and a conservative, “old world,” Persian father. After studying literature and sociology in university, I moved to Italy to study art and Italian language. After finishing the program, I remained in Italy to start a design company, but in reality, I think I’m just a glutton for punishment. I married an Italian man and started the clichè story of culture conflict, evil in-laws, and making a huge ass of myself on a regular basis. I work from home as a freelance writer (then why don’t I have better grammar and punctuation skills? I don’t KNOW), and spend an unhealthy amount of time trying to understand my surroundings which seems impossible. This shit is fucking crazy (see, there’s the swearing).
Where I’m At When I’m Not Traveling or Blogging on Surviving
I’m a freelance writer and I write stuff for blogs, magazines, and I’m currently finishing a book. I’ve been a columnist, twice, most recently for The Florence Newspaper, an English speaking newspaper in Florence. I also have another blog where I write essays and short creative nonfiction stories. I own a design company, House of Ossimori and I’m an artist that occasionally does artsy shit. My favorite animal is currently the Capybara. Please tell my husband that I need one. I also love goats, mini horses, and elephants. I cannot cook toast without burning it because if it isn’t obvious, I have a severe case of ADD. Aderol me.