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Locked down but not out in Italy

Singing from the balconies! One nice thing about this crisis ... solidarity! “Guess you’re not living like a tourist anymore,” was the funny, truthful and somewhat gut-wrenching message of a friend the day the lockdown in Italy began. Today is day 6. My beloved Italia has been hit hard with the COVID19 epidemic. With the second largest elderly population in the world, the epidemic has meant a disproportionate amount of deaths in the country. So though I haven’t been worried about contracting it myself, this isn’t about me or someone like me who, if contracted it would probably have a sucky couple of weeks and then recover. It is about if someone like me contracted it and then spread it to a person with a complicated health history or an elderly person with a weakened immune system. Eerily orderly: Lines for the grocery store, each person one meter apart In a country with no concept (and no physical room really) for personal space, and in a city with reproachable hygie

Recalling Past Trips via Junk

This call by Trip Advisor got me thinking about all of my own, to put it gently, crap.

Those of you who think I am bad now should have seen my sister and me in our adolescent years. We collected everything imaginable. No really. Think of something (under $20, non-and-never-living, and g-rated) and at one point or another, one of us had that collection: buttons, pins, posters, stickers, keychains, magnets, trolls, postcards, paperweights, t-shirts, and you get the point.

The strangest item though...

Perhaps a foot-shaped rock (that thoroughly entertained me) from Ostia beach right outside of Rome. I kept that in my possession for quite some time... though in all my moves I am not sure if it made the final cut or not. hmm... I have some digging to do.

What kind of weird things have you collected?


  1. haha i remember the little trash can of pins/buttons! i also think i recall when you decided to throw them all out! the trolls too...remember when people would bring trolls/dolls/stuffed animals in as "good luck charms" for exams? hilarious.


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