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Liberation Day

Contemplating liberation while podding fava beans on the Festa della Liberazione in Italy.

Contemplating liberation while podding fava beans on the Festa della Liberazione in Italy.

Yesterday was Liberation Day in Italy, so we packed a picnic, grabbed our bikes and set out to celebrate liberation of a very different kind. What’s different about it? For us, liberation is all about what happened when we decided to change our lives and move to Italy. Read more

Big and Small

Cappuccio is enjoyed in Italy in the morning and only in the morning.

Cappuccio is enjoyed in Italy in the morning and only in the morning.

Friends and family ask us all the time “ . . . what are the biggest differences between living in Italy and the U.S.?” It’s hard to say. There are the obvious things that are attributable to expatriate life—the language, the lack of a wide web of friends and acquaintances built over a lifetime and the sometimes-puzzling infrastructure comes to mind. But it’s often the subtle, smaller moments that sneak up and let us know that we’re not in Kansas anymore. And that’s a good thing. Read more

Our Ship is Sailing

Pascarosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil tins are filled, tapped, packed and ready to be shipped to the U.S.

Pascarosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil tins are filled, tapped, packed and ready to be shipped to the U.S.

We never thought we’d see the day. For months we’ve been planning for it, attending to endless details along with big decisions. We’ve been exhilarated, anxious, exhausted and mostly optimistic. And now our newly filled, tapped and packed Pascarosa extra virgin olive oil tins sit on pallets at the olive mill awaiting transport to the port of Salerno on the Mediterranean sea near Naples. From Salerno, they’re bound for the kitchens and tables of the United States. It hardly seems possible. Read more

Unexpected

Gates like these dot the countryside in the Valle d'itria. They remind me that doors everywhere are just waiting to be opened.

Gates like these dot the countryside in the Valle d’itria. They remind me that doors everywhere are just waiting to be opened.

A little more than six months have passed since we changed everything about our lives. It’s easy to identify the radical differences—we aren’t working for other people or institutions, we don’t drive everywhere, we’re speaking another language—but the subtle, under-the-radar changes are the ones that sneak up behind us and let us know that this nuova storia isn’t business as usual. And it’s the small things, the unexpected surprises, which have truly changed us. Read more

Firmly Planted, Looking Forward

Life-size saints on a Via Ostuni rooftop looking heavenward for divine inspiration.

Life-size saints on a Via Ostuni rooftop looking heavenward for divine inspiration.

A year ago today we lived in Portland. Oregon, It was raining. Brian was recovering from a severed Achilles tendon and I was working more than 50 hours a week in a soul-sapping job. I had been recruited for the position; it held a great deal of promise that proved to be utterly unfulfilled. We loved Portland, but the weather was starting to wear on us. We felt stuck, seeing little potential for change on the horizon. Then, six months later, we changed everything. Read more

The Great Escape

Trulli are country homes made of mortarless stone in the Pugliese countryside.

It’s been almost three months since the great escape. We quit our jobs, sold our stuff (well, most of it anyway) and bought one-way tickets from Portland, Oregon to Italy. Sounds like a mid-life crisis, but the truth is we did this for a year about 17 years ago when our children were small. We didn’t know it then, but it turns out that experience was the trial run for the rest of our lives. Read more

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