In Italian folklore Befana is portrayed as an old lady riding a broomstick. She visits children all over the world on the eve of the Feast of the Epiphany to fill their socks with a sweet (dolce) if they have behaved well (buona figura) or good piece of onion if they have been bad (brutta figura). Befana enters each house through the chimney and, being a good housekeeper, uses her broom to sweep up a bit before she leaves. Many of the past year’s problems are swept away during this cleaning. Children who are wise (furbi) leave a glass of wine (vino) and a bite to eat (it is said she loves cardoons) to nibble on just to make sure she does not fly over without stopping in.
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I grew up hearing ‘you learn something new every day’ quite often. Well, the other day I sure did! Rome and the region of Lazio are beautifully decorated with stone pines, also known as umbrella pines. Once you’ve seen them, you can understand why they’re called umbrella pines. They are the beautiful, tall pines with a flatish tuft at the top that opens like an umbrella. Some also call them Roman pines. They border many paths, are omnipresent in parks and beautifully line many of the highways and wide roads. Their shallow root systems are unfortunately responsible for many of the uneven sidewalks and streets, but that’s another story (another blog?).
Many applicants approach me with various questions on how to get their resumes/CV applications right and if it’s really necessary to send a cover letter. The second most frequent question I have to answer is “which is the best website to look at for free resume templates”?
To most of these applicants, I simply answer “there is no perfect way to do this” or “nothing for free will give you real value”.
In my previous post about my brother and sister-in-law’s trip to Italy, I talked about some of the things we did that weekend in Rome. We focused mostly on the Vatican, spending our time visiting the Vatican Museum and Garden, St. Peter’s Basilica and its dome, and they were lucky enough to attend the annual papal mass celebrating St. Peter and St. Paul, the patron saints of Rome (eventually I will get to writing a post on how you can reserve tickets to a papal mass).
After, Carolina and Joaquin took a train to Venice on their own, then we met up with them in…Milan!
I had been dying to visit Milan, of course, because I’m a girl and Milan is known for being Italy’s fashion capital. Jaime was less excited about it. W...
When Domenico and his girlfriend Simona reached out to me to join them for a night on their River Tracks boat, I was flattered but really did not know what to expect. I had never heard of this particular Tevere excursion and some of our Italian friends even told us that they were completely unaware tourist boats were allowed on the Tevere (they ended up being extremely wrong about this).
Run for Biodiversity is a 5km non-competitive run/walk event, organized by Bioversity International, a research-for-development organization that provides scientific evidence of the role that on-farm and wild agricultural and forest biodiversity can play in a more nutritious, resilient, productive and adaptable food and agricultural system.