Exploring Italy with La Mappa Misteriosa

I’ve just started watching La Mappa Misteriosa on ABC iView. Each episode of the series is less than ten minutes and it’s compelling viewing — no mean feat for a program essentially designed for learners of Italian. It’s a clever interactive drama that mimics the experience of cultural immersion. The introductions are in English, and English punctuates each… Read More Exploring Italy with La Mappa Misteriosa

My diary of a week on an Italian farm

I don’t know when I first heard about WWOOF — Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms. Although the movement is more than forty years old, I probably learnt about it around the time when we all seemed to become more interested in the true cost of agricultural industralisation. I started to meet people who were involved with organic farming and… Read More My diary of a week on an Italian farm

A bad encounter with a Moroccan man in Essaouira that led to mint tea in a family home in Marrakech

Over the past week I could feel myself letting go of my usual penchant for structured time, and felt proud of myself for cancelling a day trip up the Atlas Mountains, as well as a half day cooking class. I was feeling a bit more free spirited than usual…which is why my last day in… Read More A bad encounter with a Moroccan man in Essaouira that led to mint tea in a family home in Marrakech