In my last post about 1-euro homes, I mentioned how Lorraine Bracco purchased a home for 1-euro and, after starting with a renovation budget of $145,000, the project ended up costing her more like $250,000. That’s a huge difference from budget to reality. Even… Continue Reading “1-Euro Homes: The House I Love But Can’t Buy”
Initially, I loved the idea of buying a 1-euro home in Italy and renovating it. Then I did more research and the charm wore off. Perhaps there is a better option for fulfilling my dream.
Sure, Italy was in lockdown. But the truth is, I was having a hard time understanding what that really meant. It’s hard to let go of our plans. When life throws a curveball, we still want to swing.
When I arrived in Rome on March 4, 2020, I was excited. I was in Italy!! Despite travel warnings, I had not canceled my trip. Now, just to recap: when I arrived, Italy had the highest rate of Covid-19 infection in all of Europe.… Continue Reading “How My first Days in Italy During Covid Could Have Killed Me”
Transformational Travel, otherwise known as: My Hero Journey While Traveling in Italy and How I Found My Way Home.
I only spent one evening in Palermo, the capital of Sicily, despite spending eleven weeks in Covid19 isolation, only thirty minutes away. Palermo has a population of 673,000 – which to some folks may feel small. Certainly small compared to Rome or Florence or… Continue Reading “Palermo, Capital of Sicily”
Sicilian roads are harrowing yet offer the most incredibly views. Ultimately, they have a lot to say about my own life and journey.
After several months of being in Italy during Covid19, I was worried about getting home. Katie Keleher at Channel 2 News Tulsa tried to help.
Valley of the Temples is a must-visit UNESCO site in southern Sicily. And walking it during Covid19, when few people were around, was truly incredible.
The Turkish Steps are white rocky cliffs on the coast of Realmonte, Sicily. This gorgeous natural site, blindingly white when the sun is shining, accentuates the colors of the sea. My photos do not do it justice. Normally a favorite tourist spot, and a… Continue Reading “Scala dei Turchi”
Understanding Italy’s Liberation Day, particularly in the midst of the Covid19 pandemic.
“These are our great elderly who are dying. That they should go like this, it’s deeply unjust.”  According to statista.com, as of last night there are now almost 60,000 reported cases of Covid-19 in Italy. 74% of those infected are over the age… Continue Reading “Coronavirus in Italy, Part 2: Death, Age, and Identity”