Mercato di Mezzo in Bologna

Mercato di Mezzo in Bologna

Happy New Year, Luggage and Lifers! I’m back today after a few blissful weeks of relaxation in Maine with my family. I’ve always been a big fan of New Year’s, and not just because it’s also my birthday. I love the feeling that a pure stretch of one year lies before…

Vegan restaurants in Rome

Vegan restaurants in Rome

A few years ago, I had a vegan friend visit when I was living in Padua, and we traveled to Florence and Rome while he was here. I put together a list of some great restaurants with vegan options that we ate at in Florence, and I thought I’d write…

A bacaro tour of Venice

A bacaro tour of Venice

[Updated September 2021] Venice can be a bit of a mystery. I’ve been there countless times, and I still get lost. It can feel like one giant tourist trap in some places, with no authenticity in sight.  The first time I went to Venice, my friends and I were a…