rest and relaxation on lake como

After cleaning up the flats and saying our goodbyes to all of the students Jane and I are now comfortably ensconced in Villa Monte right outside the small town of Varenna on Lake Como. We will be here for a couple of days before driving to Venice and boarding the ...

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saying goodbye to malta

These are my shoes. I bought them for the great adventure of 2015, I started to wear them on January 1 when we left the USA. According to the health app on my iPhone they now have 647 miles on them. Much of that has been accumulated during our time ...

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cooking in malta

The first thing I should say about cooking in Malta is that there are around 600 reasons not to cook within walking distance. Some of our favorites are:

  • Guzé — OK, I love Pappardelle with wild boar sauce. I could eat this once a week.
  • Pepperoncino — The Rosettes (little bowls of ...
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unexpected adventures

Morning Climb to Castelmola

Since the students were planning on sleeping in this morning, Jane and I decided to explore on our own a bit. High above Taormina sits the little town of Castelmola. You can't drive there, you have to climb. And so we did. But when we ...

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climbing mount etna

The van arrived right on schedule, 4:45 AM, and we were all in the courtyard in front of the flat on Triq DePiro ready to go. This is our last group trip together with the Malta students, Spring 2015 edition. It is a bonus trip in the sense that ...

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enjoying island life on a warm may day

Every day is a good day when you are on a boat, in the beautiful blue Mediterranean. After a bit of a mixup on the bus this morning, we got to spend 4 amazing hours with Captain Franz on a boat trip from St. Paul’s bay to Gozo to ...

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a tale of two scams: in three parts

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Gastronomic Negotiation

"Sir, you walk past me every night. Please give me a chance! I will give you an appetizer and free baklava for desert!" Really? I honestly don't remember you. I've only walked down this road one other time. "Very Sorry" I say, "I've already got ...

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istanbul: capital of two empires

"You want a fish!?" Said the night watchman with confusion. "No," I said, "do you have a cork-screw?" doing my best imitation of screwing in a corkscrew and then pulling out the cork. "Ah! One moment" And off he went, out the front door and into the restaurant across the ...

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