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
Every story has its genesis and I am not able to tell this one without highlighting a significant friendship in my adventure. In the winter of 2009 I was wrapping up my first four months working in administration for a ballet company. I had some interaction with dancers, but nothing really personal. There was this … More Alberto, the First
I think a lot of people go on vacation and behave in ways they may not otherwise when they are home. I mean, you’re far away from home and “god can’t see you”. And this is true for me when I’m in Italy….to a degree. I don’t go visit and lose my shit and become insane, … More Things I Do in Italy That I’d NEVER Do in the U.S.
“There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t met yet” – W.B. Yeats Everyone needs an Italian Mama and five years ago I met mine. My very first Italian holiday was in the summer of 2011. Months leading up to my departure, I began to study all things Italian, learning a few sentences here … More Finalmente, Mama Cira
There are people who enjoy life and then there are Italians. Now, I’m not saying they have the market cornered on happiness as Italy certainly has its share of political and economic issues. However, what the Italians do very well is live a life of pleasure and relaxation. And if you find yourself either living … More La Vita Bella: Lessons from the Italians
As summer enters its final month, there is time to capture moments of stillness and reflect on that which gives us peace. Here’s to hoping, dreaming, living and loving. Cheers to a Happy August. To be encouraged, be encouraging. To be peaceful, let go of that which binds you to fruitless sorrows. To be wise, … More Summer Ruminations.
Music is my thing, my bag, my jam. I’m always listening and looking for new artists, rediscovering old songs, and sharing my favorite songs with friends. Music is how I communicate and whether it’s without lyrics or an 80’s rock ballad, there is nothing like a good song. It’s my wine. So naturally when I … More The Playlist: a Musical Journey in 3 Acts