Hostaria Osottoospora: Venetian Food Extravaganza

Italy is the dream land of pasta, cheese, and other Italian food masterpieces. When I planned my recent trip to Italy, I was ready to feast on perfection. However, my dear friend brought a rainy cloud on my ideal Italian trip. She had traveled to the city of Venice a month before and was sad that her hunt for the perfect plate was empty. She said that all the restaurants had pre-frozen food or the food was the tourist version of the dishes that she hoped to try in their original form. So when I landed in the City of Bridges, I was on a mission to prove my friend wrong. I was going to find the best Venetian food and feast until I reached food coma. I am happy to report I found my Venetian food heaven. Let me welcome you to Hosteria Osottoospora, my Venetian food heaven. 

Jumpstarting Creativity: What, Why, and How

If I say the word creativity what do you think it means? How does it apply to your life? Do you think that you have creativity? The dictionary says that creativity says “the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work”. I have worked in teaching, marketing, and other such profession that could be considered creative. I love books, drawing, and writing which are creative hobbies. However, I can not tap into my creative talents 24/7. I am only human. With my activities and some of my past jobs involving the need for creativity, I recognized the need for the immediate generation of creativity when you need it. So I had thought to myself, there had to be some way to trigger this power. I think I may have found the answer during my commute while I listened to the TED Radio Hour. They had an episode called Jumpstarting Creativity where people like Tim Harford spoke on how to rekindle and harness it.

A Gondola Ride Through Venice

When one is visiting the city of Venice, a gondola ride is expected. A gondola ride through the Grand Canal. You would pass by every iconic building that rose to it’s grandiose style in the Italian Renaissance.  These waterways are some of the most famous in the world. Hollywood and dreamers believe that Venice is the hidden jewel in Italy that one should visit before their demise. Do I agree with them? Well the only way I was going to solve this question would be to go on my own gondola ride through the water ways of Venice during my stay in the city of masks.

Murano: Island of Glass

Venice has the reputation of being a tourist run city especially in the summer. It seems like every year there is a new news report stating the ongoing battle between Venice and the tourism industry. So when I descended into the city of Venice, I was not surprised to see the throngs of tourist. But where were the locals? It seemed like each cobbled street led to more signs of the tourist industry in Venice. It was starting to feel like the Venetian hotel in Vegas, but a hop, skip, and boat ride away I found my piece of local paradise.

Doge’s Palace: Venetian To The Core

Venice is a city full of opulence, history, and beauty. The one of the most beautiful sites being St. Mark’s Square. Turning about in a circle, you are struck on all sides by Venetian architecture. The clash of Italian and Arabic  influence are twined together to create these beautiful pieces of history. However, the most unique feature of the square is the Doge’s Palace. All over Italy you can see cathedrals, and museums but there is only one Doge’s Palace. If you aren’t familiar with this place, don’t worry. I will not only tell you why you should know about this place and why you should visit if you ever find yourself in Venice, but why is the Doge’s Palace important to the culture of Venice and Italy.

Queen of the Flowers: Book vs. Show

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries are one of my favorite television shows to watch. I have probably rewatched the show more times than I care to admit. I love all the characters and stories so much. I can recite the episodes from memory. However, I am not the only fan out there in the world. I have watched the fan base grow and grow as this show has reached the global audiences around the world thanks to streaming services like Netflix. However, many fans do not know that this beloved series started as a book series by Kerry Greenwood. 

I never thought I would have the opportunity to read one of the books in this series until I found Queen of the Flowers in my local library.  Miss Fisher must unwrap the mysterious disappearance of one of her flower maidens that she was in charge of while her daughter Ruth goes missing as well. This book is full of mystery and intrigue. The pages are filled with twist and turns. The unexpected and expected. Whatever is to come of the Honorable Miss Fisher and her household of misfits? Well, the only way to find out would be to read this tale wouldn’t it? 

Planning with a Planner

I love using my planner to organize my day. It helps keep me on track and remember when and where I am suppose to be. Focusing on a manageable to do list is also super important. So here are my tips for planning life with a planner to get the most out of it without going crazy.

Climate Crisis: Is Doomsday Upon Us?

Every day we are seeing more and more evidence of climate change happening before our eyes. We see videos of the floating garbage islands in the ocean that is as large as a small city. The United Nations have written several reports stating that if major changes do not occur then these changes are irreversible. Based on that we see and hear, one would think we may never escape our own creation of dooms. So, TED Talk decided to invite speakers to explore how we can save our planet and if we can do it in time in Climate Crisis. 

Remember the teenager that started the world-wide protest for climate change? Greta Thunberg is the first speaker to talk about climate change.

Decluttering the Organized Chaos of My Life

I like to organize my space in what I call organized chaos. I am notorious for saving too much and losing what I had in my hand 5 minutes ago. However, with the new school year starting soon I decided it was time to declutter. So while I started this crazy project, I found 10 tips for decluttering my life.

The Ultimate University Packing List

The college year is getting ready to start and as many across the country are getting ready to start this new adventure. A packing list from someone who lived in dorms for at least 3 years might be helpful to those getting ready to make the big jump. So here are the items that I think/know you will need: