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Appalachia in the Alps

‘Baby girl, don’t worry, we are going home,’ I whispered to Genepy, the bunny. You see, I was driving the car on the second most curvy road in the mountainous region where I live, Valle d’Aosta. Which means that it is so curvy that when you come around the bend you just about run into […]

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An encounter with a little boy and an empty cage

I just finished work after a long week, and had walked to the pet store to buy a carrier for the bunny Genepy, so that she is more easily portable. I was walking back across town when I was stopped by someone. A very young, waist high someone who came in the form of a […]

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Glaciers and Druids and Fiddles, oh my!

It has been an unusually long time since I posted. But, there is much to be caught up on, and I intend on having more adventures soon, so there will be even more to write in the future! These months have been insane; started my job (finally), wedding planning, lots of guests, gettin’ hitched, hospitalized, […]

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The Prosecco Ladies

As per usual, I haven’t been keeping up with this thing. There are a number of exciting adventures to write about but lets just skip to the most recent one. My mom just dubbed them the ‘Prosecco Ladies.’ We are in the middle of wedding planning. No, not the middle. Approaching the finish line, at […]

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A Friday Night Out

A summary of tonight: Traditional music session in a small village. In a room above the library. Beer in plastic cups and ten musicians playing music from ten different countries. I got my permisso di soggiorno today, which means I am OFFICIALLY a legal and able to work and such resident of Italy and Aosta. […]

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A summary of my culinary adventures of the past month

My mom, Barbara Swell, was teaching a week long cooking class at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Western NC. She was teaching her class about the similarities in the food cooked in the Alpine regions of Italy and in WNC (lucky for her, she’s been able to learn a lot about Alpine food […]

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Bringin’ on the Swing

I have a lot of catching up to do. Every day things happen that I think, ‘oh, I must write about this!!!’ but then I get distracted. So for write now I will write about one recent adventure, and then catch you up on other exciting things! So, upon moving to Aosta, I came here […]

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Baking Pies and Bagels and How a Mountain Medicine Man Cured Me

Ok, first comes food, because, well, I love food. Since the Palindrome party a week ago, I’ve been on a big of a baking kick. I baked…5? pies this week. And bagels. Yes, bagels! I think maybe when I am homesick I want to bake food that reminds me of home. Do you know they […]

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Palindrome Party…AKA I don’t understand how Italians are so thin

Palindrome Party…AKA I don’t understand how Italians are so thin

I think this is a good time to write about the palindrome party. It was our dear friend Fabio’s idea, and it took place on, you guessed it, a date that is a palindrome: 01/02/2010. And for the Americans out there who may think this is long overdue….. this would be Februrary 1, 2010 written […]

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How I got where I am today and Lemon Cake Pie

It’s hard to know where exactly to start. I’m new to this whole ‘blog’ world (I’m behind the times, I know), but I’ve been told my life is interesting and that I should do this.My life is a little bit mismatched, but in a delightful manner. For example, right now I am sitting in my […]

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