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About Jim Flege

Jim Flege carried out research on phonetic aspects of second-language acquisition and bilingualism at an American university. He moved to Italy after retiring and lives with his Italian wife and their Jack Russell terrier in a small town in central Italy. Jim currently serves as the European Director of the Travel Learning Network, an organization provides educational and cultural immersion programs in Europe. You can reach Jim directly by writing to: director (at) www.travlearning (dot) net

Lifelogging: where will it take us?

In  an earlier post (Travel photos, travel memories) I asked readers how many photos they take on a trip. I have not had any responses (so far!) but imagine that the answers will range from “none” to “many hundreds per … Continue reading

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Buying property in Italy, 2

Part 2  Official documents Perhaps you weren’t convinced by the sage advice offered in Part 1 of this series (“better to rent than buy”) and are looking seriously for a property in Italy. If so, you’ll need to begin learning … Continue reading

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Buying property in Italy

Part 1   Under the Tuscan Sun This is the first of a series of posts dealing with the purchase by North Americans of property in Italy. Italy has always been a very popular vacation destination for North Americans. Today, as … Continue reading

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Learning words in a foreign language

Many people believe that the most important thing you must do in order to learn a second or foreign language (FL)  is to learn a heap of new words.  As Steve Martin famously remarked “Boy, those French! They have a … Continue reading

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Train travel in Italy

Know before you go Traveling by train in Italy can be an adventure and a pleasure, especially for those who are properly prepared. From a train you can see the Italian countryside pass by, and visit cities both large and … Continue reading

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The speed of slow travel

In 2000 Pauline Kenny created what appears to be the first website dedicated to slow travel (www.slowtrav.com). It was apparently Kenny who coined the term “slow travel”, which she subsequently trademarked and then later sold to Internet Brands before moving … Continue reading

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Travel photos, travel memories

  When you travel, how many cameras do you pack and how many pictures do you take? Do you enjoy your trips more when take photos? Once you’ve returned home, how many photos do you share with friends and family? … Continue reading

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Life changing experiences

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. -Henry Miller I’m convinced that having fun is the primary reason most people travel to Europe. I think this applies to just about everyone – it’s not just girls … Continue reading

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How do you spell travel(l)ing?

I’ve discovered something you veteran blog writers have known for a long time:  it’s easy to write the first draft of a post but far more difficult and time consuming to produce a “final” (ha!) version. I already knew that writing is … Continue reading

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Travel disasters

Well maybe “disasters” is too strong a word. Other alternatives might be “inconveniences” or  even “adventures”. What we make of unexpected events that occur as we travel depends in large part on our state of mind at the time, and also to the desires … Continue reading

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