• Mangia, mangia.

    Posted on January 17, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    The other evening I went to a new restaurant with friends. One of the friends had been there the week before so she was our ‘expert’ so to speak. The place was quite fancy, lots of low couches and dark wood…huge bar, people well dressed…And the menu was so varied we sort of huddled around […]

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  • A Mute Swan

    Posted on January 3, 2017 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    On Thursday the 29th of December I drove to Sun City to meet award winning, best selling author Julie Moffett. It’s a long ride and since I had to use the 101 I figured this would be a great time for me to stop by the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery located just off Thomas and […]

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  • Christmas already?

    Posted on December 23, 2016 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    Every December starts out the same way—Christmas already? I feel overwhelmed, I panic. Yesterday more than ever. I had dinner guests due to arrive at 6:30, with everything well planned I felt confident I could even take a short nap before starting some serious cooking. Imagine my panic when, at about 1:30, I received an […]

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  • Naughty or Nice? You’re all welcome

    Posted on December 6, 2016 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    First, let me tell you, this is not one of my usual blogs. No tales from the past, nor oops from the present. Nope, I’m going to talk about my newsletter. If you’re already a subscriber, skip to the last paragraph, and take a look at the pics because those are the 3 items I […]

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  • My first Thanksgiving

    Posted on November 22, 2016 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    I have vague memories of it. Had no idea what it was all about. Back then my English was very limited and I wasn’t familiar with some foods Americans are accustomed to. We lived in Germany at the time. I had zero friends, but my then husband was invited to the home of a coworker. […]

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  • Bye bye bunny

    Posted on November 8, 2016 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    I’m still walking the ferret every morning. For weeks the highlight of her walk was crawling under a huge lantana bush, home of a local bunny. Keep in mind the ferret is nearly blind and only sees moving shadows. It didn’t take long for the bunny to figure that out. All it had to do […]

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  • Italian Bathrooms Adventures part two

    Posted on October 25, 2016 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    This happened a few evenings before my flight back home. Dinner time in Vicenza, home of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. It was my last must do item, eat polenta e baccala’ (a local dish) at Righetti. www.selfrighetti.it/inglese/Righetti.html  It’s a landmark, been around forever and while it’s touted as self service is not the typical American […]

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  • My Italian bathroom adventures- part one

    Posted on October 4, 2016 by Maria Swan in Maria's Blog.

    When I go back home people always ask what I miss about America. They think public bathrooms is my way of being funny. Not true. Finding and accessing public bathrooms in Italy is an—adventure. And more often than not you have to pay for it, and that’s even more complicated. I remember years ago in […]

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  • A Facebook Story—Seriously

    Posted on September 20, 2016 by Admin in Maria's Blog.

    While our Maria is traveling in Europe, possibly scouting places for some new stories, we are rerunning one of her popular blogs, first posted July 2013, upon her return from Italy. In case you missed it, I spent the month of June in Italy. I don’t announce my travels until AFTER the fact, when I […]

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  • Muffins for Breakfast

    Posted on September 6, 2016 by Admin in Maria's Blog.

    I’m a creature of habit. I still like something sweet for breakfast, like I did as a child. Back then it was Ovaltine and a cookie. Italian cookies, a bit different than the American counterpart, not so sweet, more filling. After I had kids I discovered cereals, and yoghurt. Once the kids were in high […]

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