Stories From Accidental Tourist

Stories from Accidental Tourist

NOTES FROM A PRIVILEGED LOCKDOWN – Day 1

NOTES FROM A PRIVILEGED LOCKDOWN – Day 1

written March 14th 2010 DAY 1 8:00am: Wake up call from the hospital, a cheerful female voice is asking me if the visit scheduled for today is urgent, or if it’s just a check up. As it is the latter, she suggests we reschedule, and offers new dates, with a choice of time. This is all through our National Health Care System. Once again, I am immensely grateful for it.In times like these, knowing that whatever happens, my family will be treated for free is a colossal relief. Marco and Giotto start with some gardening and end up collecting a…

NOTES FROM A PRIVILEGED LOCKDOWN                   (written March 13th)

NOTES FROM A PRIVILEGED LOCKDOWN (written March 13th)

No school, no work, no guests, no social life, no sport. The official Italian hashtag for the COVID19 emergency is: #iostoacasa: #imstayinghome. Our family of 4 (Marco, 60 in a few days; Majla (me), 56 this summer; Eva, 22 on summer solstice and Giotto, who will be an adult next September) are going to retreat for the mandated 14 days to reset. All routines are off. We have about 16 hours a day to fill, nowhere to go with them, and only each other to spend them with. Let’s see how that goes! (This picture is as far from Tuscan lockdown and…

Besciamella

Besciamella

A great white sauce for many oven pan delicacies.  Indispensable for lasagne. One of those worth knowing by heart. And don’t let any french chef tell you otherwise: besciamella was taught to the French by Caterina de’ Medici, when she married the Kings of France. Ingredients: 100 gr of butter 100 gr flour 1 lt warm milk salt nutmeg Preparation: Melt butter on mild flame (do not allow it to fry), add flour. Take the blend away from the fire, and slowly add warm milk. Add a pinch of nutmeg and salt, and  return it on the stove;   the sauce…

The Real Spaghetti al Tonno (tuna spaghetti)

The Real Spaghetti al Tonno (tuna spaghetti)

If you are not stranded in a snow storm and can buy what you need,  here is my favorite use for a can of tuna: Ingredients: 1/5 kg of spaghetti (de Cecco, Barilla) 1 onion (red if possible) fresh parsley, a bunch cherry tomatoes in a ridiculous amount ( like 5) extra virgin olive oil one or two chili peppers (optional, depens on your taste for spicy) a 1/2 glass of average white wine (this one goes in the sauce) a 1/2 glass of good white wine ( this one is for you, while you prepare) a can of tuna…

Cristiana’s Unbeatable Zucchine Frittata

Cristiana’s Unbeatable Zucchine Frittata

NOT  to be translated with “Squash omelette” (although technically…) Ingredients: Frying pan, better if non-stick (but that is bad for you. How about ceramic lined? I just got a new one, expensive but gorgeous) 6 TBspoons extra virgin olive oil (Cristiana uses her top quality, but this is a luxury only few can afford. I go for medium quality) 2 cloves of garlic 4 zucchini, firm and not oversized 2 cherry tomatoes oregano 2 TBspoons freshly grated parmigiano. Preparation: Heat the oil, cut the garlic cloves in 4, and let it become golden. Slice the zucchini  (not Japanese-thin; Italian thin)…

Solo Traveling Does Not Mean Traveling Alone

Solo Traveling Does Not Mean Traveling Alone

Loved this video about solo travel, it really is up our alley! Check it out. Here is one of our favourite solo Accidental Tourist!

Suspended Coffee, going international

Suspended Coffee, going international

Ever heard of SUSPENDED COFFEE? No, it is not a  gravity-defying beverage… It is a noble and nearly forgotten neapolitan tradition. We wrote about it last year, and now a more professional and worldwide approach is making it an international soon-to-be classic. Read on!   , spread the news and make it an occasion to feel good about making someone else feel good. I just spent 24 hours in Naples. There is so much talk about organized crime and the mountains of unattended garbage, that I will not bother mentioning either any further. Instead, I want to tell you about…

Forget Nintendo

Forget Nintendo

Check these teenagers out! In the island of Sardinia, most every male can play this traditional game of Morra: it is played by two 2-man teams. As you see in the video, the 2 duos stand in front of each other, while each player ( at an incredibly fast rythm)  throws numbers with one hand, while enunciating the number he guesses to be the sum of his fingers and his opponent’s  (in strickt Sardinian dialect/language). The same 2 opponents keep going until either one guesses the correct sum. He then, without skipping a beat and without forgetting to tease his…

The Ins and Outs of Traveling solo, by Melissa Connolly

If you’ve never vacationed on your own before, it can be absolutely nerve wracking to be a first time solo traveler, but, if you do it right, it needn’t be anything but an amazing experience that builds both your desire for travel and your self confidence. When travelling alone, the primary concern is safety – there’s no one to watch your back – so it’s important to take some precautions to ensure you stay safe while having the vacation of a lifetime. These include joining group activities, arranging travel, sightseeing, and transportation through a reputable company, and, most importantly, maintaining…

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