Crazy Science in Italy

Being from the US, hearing weird explanations for things from religious crazies is something that's not entirely out of the ordinary, unfortunately. However, that sort of thing is generally rarer in Europe, and even in Italy, where the presence of the Catholic church is strong, they tend to limit themselves to politics and morality, rather…

Italian legislator caught looking at ‘naughty’ web sites while parliament in session

Alla Camera consulta le foto delle escort The ex mayor of Bari, one of Berlusconi's supporters in the Italian parliament, was caught looking at web sites of several prostitues in parliament on his iPad. Here's the original article and some of the incriminating photos: http://www.oggi.it/focus/06-2011/deputato-caccia-escort-parlamento-307006342.shtml He was "just curious" he says.  Uh huh.

Spring in Padova

Spring is my favorite time of year, and in Padova, it has its own unique sights, sounds and smells. Whereas fall clings to the last bits of light and heat that slowly drain away, spring is full of promise, and even if it’s not that warm out yet, after a long, cold winter, those first…

Solidarity on the Road

You’ve heard the stereotypes about Italian drivers, right? Well, there is more than a grain of truth to them. Many grains. Driving in Italy is not something that this Oregonian is much of a fan of. Of course there are plenty of good drivers, and plenty of people who do not view pedestrians as worth…

Winter in Padova

Like fall, winter is not particularly a season I care for.  You get sick a lot, and there’s less light, and therefore less time for outdoor activities like cycling, which I love. That said, winter in Padova isn’t so bad.  Well, conceptually, at least; if I could skip it, I would.  That said, though, it…

Fall in Padova

I have never cared much for fall, as seasons go. The last of the warmth and sunshine from summer are slipping away, which means no more big, all-day outdoor adventures, no more relaxing outside without worrying about rain or cold, and the thought of a long winter ahead before it’s spring again. Summer is easy…