Category Archives: Europe

Marvelous Malta – Day One

I have never been to Malta before. This is a real treat for me, going to a new place. I started with a pleasant experience aboard Air Malta, overlooking the turquoise blue Mediterranean Sea. The plane turned as it approached … Continue reading

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Roma Ardit: Rome is Burning

It’s baking hot and it’s smoking; there must be a fire somewhere. How long do you suppose it takes to contract emphysema? Because you could maybe develop it in the short time you’re walking around this town. I caught the … Continue reading

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Ciao Bella! Back in Florence…

I had a short stay planned for Florence, probably 24 hours’ total. It’s definitely not enough time for my very favorite city, but it was better than not going. I caught the Freccia Rossa high speed train in Torino and … Continue reading

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Bra & Alba: Welcome Back

After the Torino Toro Rally, I met up with Rachel and Denis and my cousin Eric for dinner. Talk and fellowship were had, with gelato for me and Eric afterward. There is nothing like feeling at home, feeling accepted the … Continue reading

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Torino Toro, aka Bull Turin

Things are hopping here in Torino, Italy.  I finished up my lunch with friends to find that despite the rain, the Torino Toro fans were out in force for a victory rally.  Toro means bull, in Italian, by the way.  … Continue reading

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Don’t you Ever Stay Home?

I know you might think it a little crazy to be on the road as much as I seem to be lately. But if you had the opportunity to go to Europe for nearly three weeks knowing your job would … Continue reading

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I’m on the Radio, and in the Airwaves!

Diego (the DJ at Radio Alba) decided that he needed “the NASA girl” for his Sunday program. He and Eric convinced me to take an interview. Me on the radio… can you imagine? Eric volunteered to act as our interpreter, … Continue reading

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Mushrooms, Motorcycles & Il Mare

Today we went to Liguria. That’s on the northwest coast of Italy, also known as the Italian Riviera. We started at nine when Diego from Radio Alba came to the house to join us, and got fully going once we’d … Continue reading

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22.25: The Perfect Temperature

Today I went shopping with Marisa, who is very helpful, and yes, I bought more shoes. I won’t need any now for a couple of years, at least. I also got a very nice black jacket that should be helpful … Continue reading

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Being in Bra

Yes, there is a town in Italy named “Bra”. And apparently, not many people here understand what that word means in English. I am staying here with my mother’s cousin, Eric, and learning about the town, and generally what it … Continue reading

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