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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

Coming Back Around

The Buddhists claim that life is cyclical, and my life for sure does not move in a straight line. After three months in Rome, I have found myself back in the Baltimore-D.C. area for an undetermined period of time. So, in the meanwhile, I thought, why not pick up where I left off on my D.C. list?

Giant Anteater!

I have been wanting to visit the Giant Anteater at the Zoo since he was a baby on his mother's back. I missed those first months of his life, but at least I got to see him (Pablo) in person and not just through the National Zoo's e-newsletter updates. This awkward but adorable creature is a joy to see up close!

Pablo is one sociable anteater!

Brookside Gardens

This botanical garden in Wheaton, Maryland is only a short drive away and, like many sights in D.C., these gardens are free and are lovely for a mid-summer amble.

These geese are likely used to being fed by humans
so they were coming for me!

Hollywood East Cafe

While out in Wheaton, I went for dim sum with a friend. Though Hollywood East was not on my original list, I am adding it because this place is definitely worth the drive. The shrimp and chive dumplings were amazing, as were the baked custard dumplings for dessert. Double yum.


Hot custard!
You can't always plan or dictate where you will be in life, so why not make the most of where you are by eating dumplings and visiting with friends... or anteaters.