The Italian summer

It goes without saying that summer is most people’s favourite season but in Calabria summer transforms the place. Continue reading “The Italian summer”


An open letter to British retailers regarding maternity clothes

To all British retailers,

Just over 4 months ago I found out I was pregnant. Since that moment my life has been a roller coaster ride of emotions ranging from so-excited-I-could-burst to oh-my-god-what-are-we-doing?-this-is-absolutely-terrifying.  Indeed, as a FTM or first time mum there are lots of things to get my head round. Knowing what FTM means for example, or becoming highly acquainted with the toilet bowl.

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Why you need to choose Calabria if you like beach holidays

Hopefully this post will be self-explanatory.  I’ve travelled around Italy and been to different beaches and am always shocked when I can compare them to those in Calabria.  There may be more nightlife or tourist shops but the beaches don’t come close. This is why since moving here I have never been on a beach holiday. I don’t have to.

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Hypnobirthing: what’s it all about?

As my belly grows and my pregnancy progresses I keep thinking about the fact that at some point I am going to be giving birth.  I’ve been watching “One born every minute” for months, have signed up to various baby sites and have already read enough books to shelve a small library.  One thing I’m not prepared for though is the birth. Continue reading “Hypnobirthing: what’s it all about?”

8 things Italians can’t live without

As a straniera (a foreigner) I’ve noticed that the Italians have some things that they just can’t function without.  They are the linchpins to Calabrese culture without which everything would fall apart.  As the years pass I have definitely become more accustomed to these traditions and admit that a few things on this list are now essential even for me. Am I becoming more Calabrese?!?!

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