Author Archives: Katherine Riga

A Brave New World

Never in my early imaginings of Italy did I foresee a Zen experience. In a country known for loud, gesticulating talkers, cussing, reckless drivers, and droves of chatty American tourists, I didn’t anticipate a space for quiet or introspection. And … Continue reading

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When the Lord Closes a Door…

There are a few things you can always count on in America: the ubiquity of Starbucks and Chipotle, unqualified adoration of Beyonce, partisan bickering in Congress. And another thing that I consistently took for granted – the availability of help. … Continue reading

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The National Sport

From the moment he stepped into the library, his authority was palpable. He had a swagger to him, a smarmy confidence only heightened by the gun swinging from the waistband of his distressed jeans. His “ciao” was lazy and disinterested, … Continue reading

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Mishaps and Marriotts: My Pre-Departure Misadventure

The first thing you should know about me, dear reader, is that I am largely incompetent. Charming, delightful, and amicable, sure. But incompetent. Undoubtedly, this will be a primary theme in my grand European adventure. But alas, this adorable trait … Continue reading

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