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Rebecca's View of life in Italy, from her farm in Umbria

Rebecca Winke Brigolante Guest Apartments

Rebecca joined our forums on January 22, 2003 after one of our regulars, Gavin from Australia, convinced her that she should take a look. She has been happily talking with us since. She answers questions, gives great information about Italy and her part of Umbria, and posts informative and funny essays about life in Italy.

We convinced her to give a try at writing regular essays for us, and now we have "Rebecca's View", a series of articles about life in Umbria. The series started in March 2003 and at first monthly, now every so often, Rebecca sends us a new article about life in Italy or ideas for your visit.

Life In Italy

Introduction to Rebecca's View: I've been giving some thought to the whole idea of writing a book as of late (I've also been giving some thought to winning the lottery, and we can all see where that's got me) ...

Extreme Sports in Umbria ... Wild Asparagus: Listen, to have any street cred at all, a hobby has to generate that frisson of excitement that only comes with the knowledge that you may end up either dead or seriously maimed.

Italian Easter Eggs: I think there is a moment in life when you realize you have finally, after many close shaves, hit bottom.

Torta di Pasqua: Each year, right around Easter, I am reminded of this deep love I harbor which surfaces in a cyclical fashion with the coming of spring. I mean, not your normal “Oh, I love that sweater on her” or “I just love to curl up on the sofa in front of a roaring fire” kind of love, but that obsessive, slightly creepy “I want to start a life with you and buy you presents” kind of love.

It's a Love - Hate Thing: There are times I truly, absolutely, viscerally love living in rural Umbria. ...

Harried Here: I'm the mother of two now. Double the pleasure, double the fun. Fifty bazillion times the guilt. ...

Umbrian Women don't Burn Bras, They Iron Them: If there's one thing that really bugs me, it's blaming the victim. But when it comes to discussing gender relations in my little corner of Italy ...

It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye: I have a hobby. I make soap. ...

Life in Bedford Falls, part two: Yes, okay. I know Part Two was supposed to be done a couple of months ago. Now, what was I saying? Right, small town life.

The Heir and the Spare: Yes, folks. We've got a bun in the oven. And before I go on, let me just clear up a couple of things. ...

To Dream the Impossible Dream: We are building our dream house. We've been at it for a little over five years now. ...

Common Myths and Misconceptions Regarding Italian Culture Fostered by Guidebooks: Now, I'm the last person to criticize guidebooks - any author deserves some credit for taking a stab at a task so momentous - but certainly they all have their strengths and weaknesses. ...

The thing is, where I'd really always wanted to visit was France: It was 1987 and I was a fresh faced, excited (extremely naive and unprepared) high school exchange student hot off the plane from Chicago. ...

Italian Sense of Fashion: All this reminds me of a story relating to my husband, who, though undoubtedly Italian (who else would pack olive oil for vacation?) is not what you'd call a flashy dresser. ...

Youth: So, I had a bit of an epiphany the other day ...

Four Letter Words: Pauline was clear about the ground rules for the essays. No swearing. So of course I'm going to push the envelope by ...

Ode to Italy: On the fifteenth of this month I celebrated 10 years of living in Italy. Time has flown, time has crawled, time has changed me ...

Death and ...: Everyone has a code word. That special word that signals to the outside world that just one more straw and the camel's back will not only be broken, but ...

Life in Bedford Falls: I often get asked what the main difference is between living in Italy and living in the States ...

Oh, What I Would Give to be Canadian!: I broke my candy thermometer, which I need to make soap (it's a long story), so I've been looking around for a new one ...

Pomp, Circumstance, and Darn Good Canaps: I got a letter from the United States Ambassador to Italy the other day ...

Travel Notes

Festa della Cipolla: If I only had one summer left to live and had to choose a single last sagra to attend, (Yes, I realize it's an unlikely scenario. Humor me.) I would choose Cannara's over-the-top-out-of-control-mother-of-all-sagras Festa della Cipolla at the beginning of September.

How to Beat the Heat in Umbria: Five Hot Suggestions to Keep You Cool: During the dog days of summer there's no reason you should be living a dog’s life in the heat. Here are some suggestions to keep your temperature down on even the hottest summer days.

5 Tips to Making the Most of Your Trip to Umbria: Want more bang for your buck? Here are five tips to ensure you squeeze Umbria like a lemon, and make the most of every drop!

The Umbrian Sagra Survival Guide: If you really want to see how the Italians in rural Italy live, your best bet is to head to the nearest sagra ...

Shopping in Assisi and Environs: I feel I am uniquely qualified to research and write an article about shopping in Assisi for two reasons ...

Rafting in Umbria: We went rafting twice last summer with a group of friends, and I have to say the last time I had that much fun wearing skin-tight PVC attire I was definitely 20 years younger ...

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