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May 21, 2009 - The Italian hospital: A new kind of journey

My blog takes you to yet another new place today -- the Italian hospital. It took some convincing but last night Riccardo's sister and I hauled him off to the hospital. He had been complaining of numbness. He felt like he was drunk but hadn't had a drink. Turns out his body was sending him a clear and direct message "take care of me buddy or I'll show you." He'll be in the hospital for a few days. A few lifestyle changes and he'll be fine. I guess that means I won't be enjoying his spaghetti carbonara anytime soon. I seem to digress into...

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May 18, 2009 - Viewing my new world through old eyes

I arrived in Italy a few weeks ago. It is great to be back. Somehow it feels more like home even though I barely speak Italian. There are many common cultural bonds even I, as an American, share with Europeans. When I left Italy a few months ago it was cold and rainy. It is now sunny and warm. The trees are filled with foliage. We have been eating fresh strawberries and fava beans for a few weeks. From my window I can see cherries ripening on the trees. A few days ago my partner's mother and sister took me shopping. I'm in dire need of...

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Feb 16, 2009 - The laws of the land

Yesterday as I was standing in chaos waiting to be served spaghetti the Italy rule theme popped into my head. Italians don't seem to care much about laws and rules -- if you can break one without getting caught no one cares. The exception is when it comes to food. A month ago I was eating lunch with Riccardo, a friend of his and a co-worker. I finished my oh-so-delicious barley and vegetable soup and Riccardo asked if I would like coffee. I said "Yes, a cappuccino please." He looked at me as if I had said f*&^, s*&^%, mo*&^%f*&^%$# in...

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Feb 12, 2009 - Did Sara ever escape the Jerusalem hostel?

I should start with what I've been up to. I escaped the hostel in Jerusalem and made it back to Jordan. I then traveled to Petra. OMG. Amazing. You must see it kind of site. You can see pictures on my Facebook. The group then traveled to Aqaba, Jordan. One look at our group accommodations in Aqaba and my roommate quickly agreed to join me for a 5 star hotel splurge. Oh, the luxury at the Movenpick! First, it was clean. Second, there were lots of fluffy white towels. We were upgraded to an apartment which meant we had our own rooms and...

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