Aperitivos in Milan, Kebaps in Pizza Shops, Paninis in Florence, Gelato in the Vatican and Chanting During Dinner by Spencer Smith

I’ve always been an Italian food fan. In fact, my parents joked with me before I came here that I would fall in love with a beautiful Italian girl who knew how to cook, and I would never leave. That hasn’t happened, but I have enjoyed some cheap Italian food. Let’s face the facts. I’m… Read More Aperitivos in Milan, Kebaps in Pizza Shops, Paninis in Florence, Gelato in the Vatican and Chanting During Dinner by Spencer Smith

How I Learned the Italian Word for Peanut Butter and Other Similar Tales by Spencer Smith

Living in Italy is kind of like living in a dream.  Not because it is all picturesque (although, it is) or scary (although, it is), but because you can’t control anything.  It’s really difficult to make things happen when you can’t speak the language; so instead, you spend a lot of time letting things happen,… Read More How I Learned the Italian Word for Peanut Butter and Other Similar Tales by Spencer Smith

Give a Student a Pizza, Feed Him for a Day, Teach Him How to Speak Italian, He Will Be Able to Order Pizza at Every Street Corner by Spencer Smith

Some days, you wake up in another country.  When this happens to me, I just follow the stream of people out of the airport, onto a train, around the central station and then shyly call a taxi to take me to my new home.  And this is how I arrived in Milan, Italy. When I… Read More Give a Student a Pizza, Feed Him for a Day, Teach Him How to Speak Italian, He Will Be Able to Order Pizza at Every Street Corner by Spencer Smith

Between Athens (Ohio), Springboro (Ohio), and Milan (Italy!) by Spencer Smith

I leave for Milan in less than two weeks.  To put it another way, in two weeks I will be sitting in an Italian cafe, probably sipping coffee and reading philosophy that I don’t completely understand.  And it’s starting to be scary. It’s been a very, very short summer.  Most of the preparation is done… Read More Between Athens (Ohio), Springboro (Ohio), and Milan (Italy!) by Spencer Smith