• 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.

  • Travel

    Rest and Restaurants in Marrakech and Madrid

    Glancing through the haze of the past week, which was spent moving, building IKEA furniture, and generally handling the logistics of life in a new city, I vaguely remember the sienna-colored medina of Marrakech. Even after all this travel, I still have moments where it feels surreal to think, less than two weeks ago, I was walking on a completely different continent.