Talking About Siena


Not Just Another "Dolce Vita"Talking about Italy is one of my favrouite things to do. Talking about Tuscany moves even farther up the list. Talking about Siena, well… Talking about Siena is probably in my top three things to do after eating cake and drinking Prosecco!

Recently, Melissa Muldoon, the voice/face/writer/creative spirit behind the wonderful Italian language & culture blog Studentessa Matta asked me to participate in one of her podcasts and talk about… You guessed it! Siena.

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In the podcast, which I recorded in my (then) rusty and error-riddled Italian, talks about my Italian learning adventure and also the city of Siena. I would encourage all of my readers to hop over to Melissa’s blog and take a look – not just at my podcast (although that would be nice!) but also at all the fun things she talks about and explains.

Melissa also organizes some really fun language immersion vacations here in Italy. I actually published a guest post about them here.

Again, grazie Melissa for the opportunity to participate in one of your great podcasts!

Sarah in Siena


Not Just Another As of yesterday, I officially started my year-long sojourn in Siena. It took me 8.5 hours of plane, 48 minutes of train and nearly 3 hours of pullman (bus) to get here, but I arrived in Siena essentially no worse for wear.

What’s beautiful about coming back to a place you already know and love is the warm welcome you receive once you get here. I’ve talked about it a bit in posts like this one from a few years ago. Last night was no different. I barely had the time to shower and change before I was being whisked away to my favourite piazza for aperitivo and dinner with friends.

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Elegant aperitivo at my favourite spot: Liberamente Osteria, Siena.

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Delicious dinner at La Mossa, Siena.

Then, just when I thought it was about time to take a quick passeggiata and head home, my friends surprised me with a “belated” birthday cake. My actual birthday, which I’ve celebrated in Siena before, was June 8th, otherwise known as trans-atlantic moving day.

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27 in Siena.  Gnam gnam gnam!

Quindi (therefore), dear followers, now that I’m back in the bosom of Italy, you can certainly expect to see some more regular blog updates about life in Siena. As always, thanks for reading and following! Grazie!

Italian Word of the Day – “Visto”


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La Maestra Maldestra

This post is about a word that has come to mean so, so much to me.

It’s not long and complicated and stuffed with syllables, like “figuriamoci“. It’s not short and sweet like ““. It doesn’t mean something extraordinarily Italian like “gelato“, and it doesn’t carry with it undertones of “amore” (love), or “odio” (hate). It’s not fanciful like “pipistrello” (bat) or abrupt like “gru” (crane).

So what does it mean? I know the anticipation is killing you…

It means “living in Italy”. It means “working in Siena”. It means “open door” and “welcome mat”. It means “legitimacy”. It means “hard work pays off“. It means “perseverance is rewarded“.

In short, it means “dream come true”.

Well, for this girl, anyways. Because “visto” in any Italian-English dictionary worth its salt means “seen”, but it also means “visa”. As in “entrance visa” or “tourist visa” or the one I’ve toiled for a year to get: “work visa”.

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So, it’s official. This girl, this blog, and two suitcases of her stuff are moving to Italy! To Siena, precisely (where else?) for the foreseeable future. Thank you to everyone who has followed this visa quest with me through this blog and through Facebook. Your kind words and thoughts are always so appreciated. I promise, a post or two on the “hilarity” of this whole bureaucratic process are in the works.

When’s the big move? T-14 days. Two weeks. June 8th.

There’s lots to do between now and then, so wish me luck!