It’s been 4 months since my last post. Yikes. I guess I owe it to my 60 subscribers (wow!) and over 1800 monthly visitors (double wow!) to give everyone a bit of an update (Can you tell I’ve been reviewing analytics?) Since September, I’ve been to four states and four countries, having taken 9 planes and 6 trains on my journeys. I feel like I haven’t stayed in any singular place for longer than three weeks. I also have been focusing heavily on my career lately which means less time for side projects. This post is gonna be somewhat of a recap—let’s start with September.
TL;DR? Scroll all the way to the bottom to learn about my plans for the future of this blog.
In September, I published one of my favorite (but less popular) posts about how to dress in Italy in the fall. After that, I have no excuses. Except maybe one. I moved out of my apartment and back to my hometown for a month to save a bit of cash and make my next big move (hint: I took a weekend trip to Philadelphia to tour the city). I also spent some time visiting my friends at their camp in New Hampshire!
After wrapping up as much work as I possibly could and teaming up with Italophie.com on this post, I packed my bags and headed on a 3 week, 4 country trip to Europe. Sadly, I didn’t make it to the homeland, but I still have no regrets. Being well traveled and exposing yourself to new things is important, even if I was wishing I was in Rome some of the time. 😉 Some highlights:
5 days of love, laughter, family and friends at my sister’s wedding in Kilkenny, Ireland
Exploring all that Amsterdam has to offer
Sightseeing in windy Paris, France
Eating, drinking, sunbathing, and more eating in Barcelona, Spain
Did you catch my hint earlier? I took an 8 hour Amtrack to Philadelphia and moved into an apartment in the city center with three random roommates. Why? It’s a walkable, lively city with culture and history, and it’s cheaper than New York. It’s been an adventure, but so far a 5-star experience! Also, one of my biggest highlights of 2017 is getting to see Andrea Bocelli live!
I spent the beginning of December at my office holiday party in Florida, went back to Philadelphia for a bit, and then spent the end celebrating Christmas in New York with my extended family.
Spent the beginning and end of the month in Philadelphia, and a bit of the middle visiting the office in Florida. I got to reconnect with former work colleagues and hit the Opera! We went to see Puccini’s Tosca at the Palm Beach Opera! For those of you who don’t know, fellow Italophile blogger Rick Zullo from Rick’s Rome works for the opera as does as my good friend and food blogger Adina Antonucci from Adina Cucina. They were both there to welcome us—small world!
Florida also gave me the opportunity to get some sun on the sand and escape the cold front in the Northeast.
Okay… we know where you’ve been, but what’s next for ciaoneitalia.com? Can we expect to see some new content on the blog now that you’re back?
Truth is, I’m really not sure. After viewing the analytics this evening, I do think there’s still some juice left in this side project of mine!
I’m taking the CILS exam in June (wish me luck), so I’ll begin studying Italian again on a regular basis. This is a good thing! I also think another trip to il bel paese is in the cards for me in 2018, so keep an eye out for more posts. I don’t know how regularly I’m going to write, but I hope that I can find the motivation and passion to keep this thing going!
In the meantime, please check out my list of favorite Italian blogs—they’re updated a bit more often and can keep you satiated until I return! 😉