Europe France

À la Lyonnaise

31 July, 2017     Where in the world…? Lyon is the third-largest city in France and the capital of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. It is located in the centre-east of the country, roughly150 km southwest of Geneva and 114 km northwest of Grenoble. The Rhône and Saône rivers run through the city and converge to […]

Europe Spain

Top Ten Things to Do in Madrid

July 10, 2017     I went backpacking solo in Spain a few years ago (October 24-25, 2012), and one of the places I visited was Madrid. In contrast to Barcelona, which is a seaside city, Madrid is landlocked and improbably located right in the middle of arid, desert-like land. However, the city itself is […]

Europe Italy

Ten Insights into Italian Culture

31 May, 2017: You may or may not already realize this, but Italy is a multicultural country and therefore “Italian culture” is very diverse. Italy is a country that has many languages (French, German, and Slovenian are official languages in certain regions, in addition to Italian), region-specific dialects, traditions, and ultimately, cultural differences. Here, I […]

Europe Italy

Ten Insights into Italian Culture: #1 – Italian Communication

There are many stereotypes about the way in which Italians communicate, so-called Italian communication, and that are attributed to Italian culture. Most of these stereotypes manifest as shouting, excessive gesturing, pinching together the fingers of one hand interrogatively, and using exaggerated singsong cadences when mimicking an Italian accent. Well, I’m here to tell you to […]