My Secret Thanksgiving

Last night, on what turned out to be American Thanksgiving, the African refugees cooked dinner in the Poggio Alla Croce community centre kitchen. Italians know very little of African food but after long discussions with the students, a shopping list was created. Two kilos of beef, okra, onions, carrots, cabbage, tomatoes, peanut butter and rice […]

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The Changing Face of Italy: One Village at a Time

On Saturday, July 1, the population of Poggio Alla Croce increased by 17 percent. Thirty African and Asian young male refugees arrived, and are now living in a refurbished hotel near the town square.  The villagers were not consulted on this surge in their population and they are openly divided about the new residents.   […]

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In Firenze, at Casa Thiele alla Signoria

In the small village of Paterno, we meet Cristina, Luca and Babo Antonio. Cristina has prepared a feast for us: antipasti consisting of three kinds of tapenade, two kinds of Polenta, beans with homemade cinghiale sausages, mixed vegetables and a sunny desert. When we arrive at Anna’s Bed and Breakfast, Casa Thiele we are amazed […]

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Highlights of our adventure Fall 2014

Tuesday, Oct 28 Day 1 We are picked up at Florence airport, mid afternoon by Giovanni, our handsome Italian driver. Soup and snacks were waiting for us at Il Colle Unpack, relax! Sleep……… Wednesday, Oct 29 Day 2 Visited Nora’s Cashmere Goat Farm. We got a little bit lost and Myrna got a little bit […]

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