Highs and lows, ups and downs, su e giù

What a year. Mainly lousy, but we did get married. That was nice. But yeah, not a lot of blogging. I really am a bit burnt out right now. I manage to post to Instagram, but that’s about it. But I’ve got this blog and might as well do something with it on the last day of the year. So here are a handful of … Continue reading Highs and lows, ups and downs, su e giù

Halloween: Art History Style

There are a number of great exhibits going on right now in Bologna, some of which are lasting just a few more weeks, while others last through early next year, or are simply permanent. I visited a few museums last week and while I’m trying to find the time to actually post about them (and narrow down all of the photos I took), I thought … Continue reading Halloween: Art History Style

Italy on a Postcard

Bologna is a relatively big city, it’s a university city, and it’s a creative city. Combine those elements and it’s no surprise that you’ll often see protests and protest street art. Bleeding-heart liberal leftist socialist that I am, I tend to like a lot of it. The three countries I have family connections to — US, UK, Italy — all have crazy stuff going on … Continue reading Italy on a Postcard

Graduation Traditions

You don’t have to be a student or graduate of Bologna University (oldest continually operating university in the West) to be familiar with a few of the graduation traditions. You can’t help but come across them — and hear them — on a somewhat regular basis. For one thing, they’re not like in the US, at least, with one set graduation day; it’s basically whenever … Continue reading Graduation Traditions

Colorful Intersections

Look, I’m trying to post at least something. One of the things I love about Bologna are the wonderful street intersections where you find beautiful windows and portici arches and colors all combined in one view. This was one that caught my eye on a recent walk around town. You’ve got the warm colors of Bologna, the pointed and curved arches of the portici and … Continue reading Colorful Intersections