In case you were wondering: It’s been over a month now that I’ve been back from my latest trip to Italy and have yet to recap my amazing winter holiday. Well, the truth is, once I got back to the U.S. it was already two days into the new year and things were…changing. I sat … More Escape to Rome: The Last Days of 2016
Holidays are always a mixture of stress and magic, joy and longing, laughing and crying. For many years, most of my life actually, I have been far away from someone or many people I love at the holidays and I each passing year I wonder when it will get easier to be either here or there for … More Christmas from a Distance: Music for the Wistful Heart
In the United States, the holiday season is a big deal! I mean, we take it very seriously and blow it way out of proportion. And for anyone who has never experienced this two month period of decorations, cheesy holidays photos, stupid sweaters, and shopping mall Santas, let me just give you a few highlights: … More Perche No, Thanksgiving?!
Traveling presents loads of challenges from scheduling to packing. Knowing what to bring and what to leave behind can make your brain explode! And once you get to your destination you realize everything planned turns upside down on you and how you cope will effect the outcome of your vacation. On my first trip to Italy … More Things Got a Little…Hairy
Meeting new people is not uncommon to me. I’ve been a social butterfly as long as I can remember; making friends on vacation, at camp, at the park, wherever I go. I enjoy talking to people and learning about how others live and what makes smile, sing, dance, and cry. And when someone opens up … More Ciao Vale: There Are No Strangers Here
Meet Giovanni. In 2014 while visiting Palermo, Claudio and I met some friends for a drink in this crazy piazza full of hipsters, artists, and everything in between. The night ran long with laugher and even though I struggled through maintaining my Italian, everyone was having a great time and enjoying the company. Giovanni shared … More Amici Series: Giovanni Napoli
Interview by Author, Susie Clevenger First of all I would like to thank Carrie Clevenger and Claudio Cocino for taking the time to sit down and chat. There is buzz about a movement started by Carrie and Claudio called #perchenovacanza (Why not! Vacation!) The philosophy behind it is to live and love loudly. Today you … More Once More, from the Beginning: Claudio and Carrie on International Friendship