• Learn

    IX: The Hermit

    On Monday, the City of Philadelphia issued a Stay at Home order to help combat COVID-19 cases in the city. It’s been a bit of a surreal adjustment, as most people will probably say right now, but we’ve been lucky. Within our home, not much has changed in our day-to-day lives, aside from that overarching feeling that many of us seem to be afflicted with right now: that mixture of sadness, guilt, gratitude, uncertainty, and fear.

  • Language,  Learn

    Mother Tongue

    Every now and then, I’ll run into some colleagues who speak Italian and who, in their inclusive nature, always treat me as another Italian. That red passport and a last name ending in a vowel is enough to be considered part of the group, even if I’m not really Italian. These days, when I start to respond, I listen to the words coming out of my mouth and realize I’m not speaking Italian at all. I’m speaking Portuguese. Which is not the same, not by a long shot.

  • Create,  Learn

    Wonderspaces

    These past few weeks have been pretty intense. After my trip to Lisbon, I dove right into some online classes I’m taking and a new training program. I actually had to set a reminder for myself to move my car because I haven’t driven anywhere (a.k.a. left the house) in a few weeks.

  • Travel

    Eating and Walking through Lisbon

    Oh, hi there! Happy 2020. I normally post a year-end recap on my blog, but 2019 just didn’t allow it. In December, I took some vacation time to unwind and show my in-laws around the US for their first trip here ever. It was a lot of fun, and also really relaxing. It also meant I did not open my computer pretty much the entire time that I was off.