First month abroad: what to expect + what to do

I can’t believe I’ve been here in Canada for almost a month already. And I still can’t believe I have already completed two whole weeks of classes. It feels like I had my orientation just yesterday.

I like it here so much. It is all that I expected, but also all that I didn’t expect. It’s been such an amazing experience so far and I can’t wait to find out what comes next.

First month abroad: what to expect + what to do

Expect to have to deal with a million boring things

Before arriving in Canada, I had made a list of things I had to get done as soon as possible. Get a SIN number, open a bank account, bring study permit to the international center, and all these boring staff. Then, once I arrived and I went both to my program orientation and the international students orientation, I added even more things to my to-do list.

You might get overwhelmed. You might find yourself going out at 8 am to be the first one at the bank and then you find out they don’t open until 9.30 there. It might take some time to figure out how to get into a building and where to find the right office. But it is okay. If you look lost enough, someone will probably help you.

What to do: do not postpone the boring stuff too much. Just do them, and then enjoy your time in your new city.

Expect to feel out of place

I didn’t experience any kind of cultural shock. Coming from another western country, it didn’t take me that much to get adjusted to my new environment. However, I did my fair sharing of eavesdropping people’s conversation to learn how to appropriately talk with your waiter or how to reply when the cashier tries to make small conversation with you (this is still such a shocker to me).

Sometimes, when I walk down the street, I feel like people can just get that I’m not from here. When I walk into a place, I always feel a bit lost and, even if there are directions, I always go the wrong way.

What to do: accept that you are in a new place and it will take a while to get to know it.

Expect to get lost a lot, and get lost on purpose

For the first week, my sister was here with me, so we did a lot of touristy stuff. This allowed me to familiarize with the different neighborhoods and points of interest. I still use Google maps a lot and the Transit app is my lifesaver, but I try not to rely on those as much as possible. Sure, that means that most of the times I walk a couple of extra meters in the wrong direction, but, hey, my goal is to take 10.000 steps a day so it’s all good.

Most of the times, when I didn’t know where I was or where I was going, I ended up discovering cool little places that I would have never seen otherwise. It can also happen that you accidentally walk in one of the worst neighborhood of the city.

What to do: pick an area of your new city, go there, and just walk around aimlessly.

Expect to change your habits

I feel like have already absorbed some of the locals’ habits: I now eat dinner do much earlier than I would do back in Italy (like, one day I had dinner at 5.30pm); I find myself not worrying that much about having a snack in class or while walking down the street; I always carry a water bottle with me; and unfortunately I also started drinking a lot more juice and soda.

What to do: embrace all the new little things that your new place allows. Keep you old habits that you like and incorporate something new in your daily routine.

Expect to have some communication problems

The language barrier always makes me feel very frustrated. It isn’t really a barrier, because I can understand people and most of the times people understand me. But, I feel like my spoken English is pretty bad. My accent is thick, and sometimes, when I’m in the middle of a conversation, I can’t remember words that I actually know.

What to do: keep studying the grammar and practice using new words as much as you can.

Expect to need a break

You’re in a new place, with new people to meet, new stories to hear, but if it gets too much, you can take a break. Sure, carpe diem should be your motto, but you don’t wanna burn out. There is no point in doing things if you don’t feel like you could enjoy them at the moment.

What to do: don’t be afraid to skip a party and spend time in your room watching Netflix instead.

Have you ever spent some time abroad? How was your first month there?

Sarah
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Happy holidays, everyone!

Well, I miserably failed Blogmas. The past few days I’ve been busy with packing all my things in a 23kg luggage and visiting friends and family, so I didn’t have much time to write.

Today I just wanted to wish everybody a happy holiday season, whatever you’re celebrating. But, most of all, I want to wish everybody a happy new year.

I am more than ready to start 2017. I have so many plans and goals for the next 12 months. I can’t wait to start my new adventure in Toronto, learn new things, meet new people, and explore new places.

I am going to leave Italy the day after Christmas and I’m so excited. I’ve been waiting for this for such a long time and I’m more than ready to go. Now, I’m ready not just mentally but I also have my bags all done.

I’ve decided to take a little break and I’m gonna be back on the blog after the first week of January, just in time to tell you all about my first week at college. In the meanwhile, you can keep in touch with me on Instagram or Twitter.

Sarah
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You ultimate guide to packing for a year abroad / Blogmas, day 8

In 4 days I’m going to be on a plane headed to Canada. I’m going to live in Toronto at least until summer 2018.

Everyone keeps asking me if I’m ready to go and my answer hasn’t changed in a while. Mentally, I’m so ready, I’ve been waiting for this for so long. But then, I don’t have anything ready yet. Of course I have a nice running list of things I still have to buy and things I need to remember to bring abroad with me, but that’s all.

Your ultimate guide to packing for a year abroad

This post isn’t about what to bring and what not to bring. That is a personal choice and it depends on why you’re spending time abroad and what you’ll do there. If you need a packing list, you can download mine from here.

In this post, I want to share with you a strategic plan to make packing less stressful and intimidating.

Step 1: make a list

You should know by now that my favorite weapon to get things done is a list. So, first things first, write down all the things you want to bring with you. Right now I have a running list that I update every time that something comes to mind, but it would be more ideal to have a list divided by category. Check what you already have and what you should buy. If you have to buy something new, consider buying big/heavy things at your destination.

Step 2: declutter

Now that you have a list of things you need to bring abroad, you can declutter your closet and your room. Throw away anything broken or useless; donate clothes and items that are still in good shape but you haven’t used in the past year. This way you’ll make room for all the new clothes and souvenirs you’ll bring back home from your time abroad.

Step 3: plan your airplane outfit

You should plan what you’ll be wearing while traveling to your destination before you start throwing things in your luggage. Remember to wear something comfortable and warm. If you can, wear the heaviest shoes and the clothes that, if packed, would take up a lot of space.

Step 4: pack

I’m sorry, but now you’re on your own. Just kidding, I still have a few tips for you, even if this is my least favorite part about traveling in general. The first things to go in your luggage should be big and heavy items. Then, you can fill up all the gaps with shirts and underwear. If you have to pack really big items, like a coat or a bathrobe, consider buying compression bags. I still haven’t put to use the two I’ve bought, but my friends swear by them, so I can’t wait to try the magic myself.

Step 5: carry on

I tend to have a lot of faith in airline companies and I almost never pack extra clothes in my carry on. Most of the times, my carry on is just my backpack with just documents and electronics in it.

How do you usually pack for big trips?

Sarah
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2016 in photos / Blogmas, day 7

When I drafted this post, my idea was to show you my 2016 with 16 photos. As I went through all the pictures I’ve taken during this year (and they’re a lot), I found it was very hard to pick just a few. In the end, I made it, but I’ve never got to 16. So here 20 photos from my 2016.

 

Volterra, Tuscany
Volterra, Tuscany

 

Twenty One Pilots in Milan, February 2016
Twenty One Pilots in Milan, February 2016

 

A nice sunset
Not a bad view

 

The floating piers
The floating piers

 

Writing my dissertation
Writing my dissertation

 

Monumentale, Milan
Monumentale, Milan

 

Fields
Fields in my hometown

 

 

One of the many Finley concerts I've attended this year
One of the many Finley concerts I’ve attended this year

 

San Pellegrino Terme
San Pellegrino Terme

 

London Eye, March 2016
London Eye, March 2016

 

Pierce the Veil in Milan, November 2016
Pierce the Veil in Milan, November 2016

 

My favorite picture taken at Madame Tussauds
My favorite picture taken at Madame Tussauds

 

Florence
Florence

 

 

Sarah
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Get ready for 2017: a peek inside my bullet journal / Blogmas, day 6

Beside the Christmas songs, the festive food and drinks, and all the traditions, one of my favorite part about the holiday season is that you get close to the beginning of a new year. I love the feeling of starting something new. New year, new resolutions, new opportunities, new planner.

I like to always be prepared, so I usually start planning my year a bit in advance. This year, I decided I didn’t want to use my weekly Moleskine anymore. During the past year, I didn’t have enough space for some days, while I had too much for others. I also felt very frustrated because there were so many things I wanted to track in my planner, but not so many blank pages.

2017 bullet journal

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I’ve been thinking about starting a bullet journal for so long, but it didn’t felt right to start one in the middle of the year. So I waited. I spent hours looking through amazing layouts on Instagram and Pinterest and taking notes on interesting collections I’d love to have in my bujo. I also started using the bullet journal system in the weekly planner I was using, to see if I actually liked it, and it worked perfectly.

Now that 2017 is about to start, I finally started working on my first real bullet journal.

When I found out Moleskine was doing this limited edition Harry Potter notebook, I didn’t even think twice about buying it. It also helped that at the time it was 20% off on Amazon. I was a bit worried about the fact that it’s a ruled journal, but I intend to keep it as minimalist as I can and I don’t plan to draw that much into it.

As stated on the official bullet journal website, the first page of a bullet journal should be an index. But, the bullet journal system is very flexible, so you can do just what works for you. I’ve thought about not having an index, since I was planning on doing all my monthly and weekly logs in chronological order and then have the collections on the back. Then I thought that I might add some piece of information that I will need often in a daily log, so I decided to have an index.

After that, I have my year at a glance. I don’t really like how it turned out and I don’t even know why I put it in, since I never actually used my yearly overview in my planners.

Before jumping to January, I’ve decided to have some collections up front. I attached my bucket list with some washi tape; the space is running up, so I guess I’ll have to make a new page during the year.

On the next page I listed my main goals for 2017. They are divided into things to do, places to visit, and things to learn. I will probably add a picture or a motivational quote, since I don’t like having all that blank space on the page.

I set up some other collections up front:

  • books to read
  • movies to watch
  • birthdays
  • need & want
  • expenses tracker
  • things to do in Toronto
  • concerts

In January I will finally start school in Toronto. It will be a 16 consecutive months program, so I’ve listed all the courses I’ll have to take, divided by semesters. I also set up an overview for the first semester with important dates, vacations, and I’m planning to add all the due dates. Lastly, I added my weekly timetable.

After a monthly overview, I have Since this is my first year using a real bullet journal, I’ve tried a couple of different layouts for the first weeks. I’ll see which one works best and then I’ll stick with that.

In the back of the journal, I have a couple of more collections:

  • the best of every month
  • yearly mood tracker
  • tv show tracker (yes, the quote is there just because I already messed up the layout and I didn’t know how to cover it up)
  • things I’ve learned about bullet journaling
  • temperature log
  • monthly tasks and bills
  • social media tracker

I am also planning to add a couple of more collections:

  • self care ideas
  • packing list
  • ideas to research
  • places I want to travel to
  • restaurants to try
  • no spend challenge

I am very excited to start 2017 and I can’t wait to use my new bullet journal. I’m already so in love with the system and hopefully it will help me staying focused and motivated.

Do you use a planner? Which one is your favorite? Have you ever tried a bullet journal?

Sarah
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Christmas in Italy / Blogmas, day 5

Christmas in Italy is a very big deal, it’s probably the biggest holiday. Schools and most offices close the day before Christmas Eve. There are no newspapers on Christmas day and the day after. The only place where you can do some very last minute shopping is at big malls but just for a couple of hours early in the morning.

Christmas in Italy: traditions, decorations, food and more

The holiday season here in Italy actually starts on December 8th. On that day people start putting up Christmas lights and decorations. A lot of Christmas related events start on that day in every major Italian city. But, the best part is that they open all the Christmas markets. I love Christmas markets, even if they all sell the same things and they’re usually super crowded. The holiday season ends on January 6th.

Traditions

Here in Milan we celebrate just on Christmas day. In my family, we usually open our gifts in the morning. Then we have a very long lunch, sometimes it can last until 5 in the afternoon.

Different Italian regions, and sometimes even different cities in the same region, have different Christmas traditions. In Bergamo, which is another city in Lombardy, they get gifts on the 13th of December, the day of Santa Lucia. In Southern Italy, they start celebrating with a big dinner on Christmas Eve and then they also celebrate on Christmas.

Decorations

Along with amazing Christmas trees and elaborate Christmas lights, presepi (nativity scenes) are very common. They even do contests in a lot of cities. So you can find hand carved presepipresepi made of chocolate, and sometimes even living nativity scenes with real people and animals.

Christmas in Milan, Italy

When I was little, we used to make our presepe on our fireplace. My sister and I painted this sky with a lot of stars on a big piece of paper and we used that as a background. We used to buy moss to use as terrain (so accurate for a scene taking place in the desert!). And then we had a lot of model figures that we liked to misplace every day, which made our parents crazy. Nowadays, we just put a wreath outside the door.

Food

Of course food is very important for a nice Christmas celebration. Panettone (originally from Milan) and pandoro (from Verona) are the typical Christmas sweet treat. They can be found just around the holiday season, both in grocery stores (some brands are good, others not so much) and bakery/patisseries (the good stuff). As I told you in my Christmas tag, you don’t eat both panettone and pandoro, but you have to pick a side. Unless you’re like me and you find Italians a bit too obsessed with their food.

Torrone is also something you see a lot around the holiday season. Another typical sweet treat is struffoli, but they are from the South and sadly we don’t get a lot of them here.

After Christmas

The holiday season doesn’t end until the 6th of January. December 26th, Saint Stephen’s day, is another national holiday. Families get together for another round of eating a very long meal. It’s okay to use leftover from Christmas, but, in my experience, most of the times people cook a lot of fresh food again.

The next thing to celebrate is New Year’s Eve. There aren’t that many traditions for that night. It depends a lot on how old you are and what you like to do. Some people go dancing at clubs, which is very expensive. In some major cities there are concerts, but they’re usually outside and very cold. You can find fireworks almost everywhere, even in small town. Of course, the most traditional thing about New Year’s Eve is food and drinks. People usually have lentils, which symbolize good fortune and money, and they also have cotechino, which is a kind of meat.

The last day of the holiday season is the 6th of January, Epiphany. Kids get stockings full of candies from la befana and families get together for yet another lunch (but not as big as the one you have on Christmas day).

What is like Christmas in your country? What is your favorite Christmas tradition? What about food and decorations?

Sarah
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Winter skin care tips / Blogmas, day 4

Lately I’ve been very minimalistic in my skin care routine. That is a very nice way to say I’ve been kind of lazy and I did just what was really necessary. But now that is finally winter, the cold weather is very rough on my skin, so I started putting more effort into my skin care routine.

Winter skin care tips / Blogmas, day 4

If in the summer I can get away with just some sunscreen in the morning and the occasional touch-up, winter requires more work and consistency. Winter is usually very cold here, which means I tend to get dry skin from November to February.

But, over the years, I’ve tried different things to get bright and smooth skin even during the winter and I’m now sharing all my winter skin care tips with you (scroll down for TL;DR).

Face

The best way to hydrate your skin is by using the right moisturizer. Ideally you should use one in the morning and another one for the night. Your day cream should have SPF to protect your skin from UV rays (yes, even during winter!), while the night one should be richer. I have to admit I don’t have different moisturizers and I don’t even use one every single day. I also know I should use more sunscreen, but I live in the Pianura Padana, where during the winter there is always a lot of fog and you start to think that the sun doesn’t even exist anymore, that the warm yellow rays were all just a dream.

One of my favorite self-care activities is giving myself a facial and applying face masks. Recently I fell in love with tissue mask thanks to Garnier moisture bombs. These masks are the perfect choice for winter, since they provide 1 week’s worth of hydrating serum in only 15 minutes. On their English website there’s just one type of tissue mask, but here in Italy I actually found three (which are listed on their Italian website) different moisture bombs for different types of skin.

When it’s cold outside, you should also opt for a lighter exfoliator. My winter face cleanser of choice is Herbalism by Lush. Occasionally, I also use Let the Good Times Roll (which is the cleanser I use during the warmer months); it’s a bit too rough for dry skin, but I often find myself missing its sweet smell so I use it anyway.

The last product you should change during the winter is your makeup remover. If you use wipes, you should consider switching to micellar water. After I’ve tried it for the first time, I never went back to wipes. Micellar water does a wonderful job, it even removes matte lipstick very easily and without being too aggressive on the skin. It is also especially great for winter because it gives the skin an extra boost of hydration.

Hands

If during the summer I can get away with neglecting my hands, during the winter I have to take care of them. If I don’t, they hurt a lot. The first thing to do to prevent cracked dry skin is wearing gloves when outside.

If drinking water is good for you and to keep hydrated, water on your skin is not so great. Of course you cannot avoid washing your hands, and you should wash them frequently to protect your health. To protect your hands you should use a mild soap with ingredients like shea butter. You should resist the temptation to wash your hands with hot water, go for lukewarm water instead. Lastly, you should moisturize right after patting your hands dry.

Body

The first thing to do to keep your body healthy and hydrated during the winter is drinking water and eating a lot of fruits and vegetables.

If water is good on the inside, it’s bad on the outside. So, as tempting as a hot bath might sound, you should definitely avoid it. You don’t want the long bath to strip all the moisture away from your skin. Take a warm shower and keep is as short as possible. Then, remember to moisturize right after. I am not a big fan of body lotions, so what I use instead is coconut oil. It smells so much better and it makes your skin bright and very smooth.

TL;DR

Face:

  • moisturize daily;
  • use hydrating face masks;
  • switch to a lighter exfoliator;
  • consider using micellar water to remove makeup.

Hands:

  • always wear gloves outside;
  • don’t wash your hands with hot water;
  • use a mild soap;
  • moisturize right after.

Body:

  • stay away from long hot baths;
  • use coconut oil right after your short warm shower.

Do you have a different skin care routine for every season? What are some of your favorite products to use during the winter?

Sarah
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Alternative Christmas songs / Blogmas, day 3

Traditional Christmas songs are great and they’re one of the most important part of the holiday season, at least for me. But you know what’s even better than traditional Christmas songs? Alternative Christmas songs.

Here I put together a little alternative Christmas playlist (click to play it on Spotify). Most of the songs are covers by some of my favorite bands, but there are also a few original songs in the mix.

Alternative Christmas songs

  1. My Christmas List – Simple Plan
  2. Christmas Lights – Yellowcard
  3. Ho Ho Hopefully – The Maine
  4. Better Days – The Goo Goo Dolls
  5. Right Where You Want Me to Be – A Day To Remember
  6. Yule Shoot Your Eye Out – Fall Out Boy
  7. Last Christmas – Jimmy Eat World
  8. Christmas at 22 – The Wonder Years
  9. Merry Christmas (I Don’t Wanna Fight Tonight) – Bowling for Soup
  10. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Being As An Ocean
  11. Christmas, Baby Please Come Home – Anberlin
  12. All I Want for Christmas Is You – My Chemical Romance

What do you think of this playlist? What is your favorite Christmas tune?

Sarah
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5 Christmas drinks to sip by the fireplace / Blogmas, day 2

The first image that comes to mind when I think about the holiday season is family and friends hanging out together in front of the fireplace, sipping on traditional Christmas drinks. This is totally biased by all those tv shows and movies I tend to watch. In fact, we don’t even use our fireplace that much anymore.

But I do spend a lot of time with friends and family, exchanging gifts, stories about the previous year, and our wishes and goals for the new one. One of the best things about this gatherings is Christmas treats and snacks, which should be served along with Christmas drinks.

5 Christmas drinks to sip by the fireplace / Blogmas, day 2

Hot chocolate

When you say wintery drinks, who doesn’t think about hot chocolate? I think this pretty common in a lot of countries, at least where Christmas is in the winter.

I used to make instant hot chocolate, but nowadays I’m all about making it from scratch. It doesn’t take much more time and I like how it tastes better. All you need is: milk (regular, soy, almond, oat, it doesn’t matter), cornstarch (you can also use potato starch), cocoa, and sugar. Just put the milk on the stove and then stir together all the other ingredients with a whisk.

What I love the most about hot chocolate, whether you decide to make it from scratch or you buy the instant kind, is how creative you can get. You can just add one simple extra ingredient and you get something completely different. My favorite thing to add to hot chocolate is cinnamon. I also like to add shredded coconut. Or you can go classic and put whipped cream on top, or marshmallows, or a combination of both. Other things you could add are: ice-cream, chopped hazelnuts, caramel, coffee, candy canes, crushed gingerbread cookies, peanut butter.

Smoothies

I have two different Christmassy smoothie recipes for you. The first one is a bit healthier, more exotic, and very delicious. You mix together pineapple, coconut water, cranberries, and vanilla.

The second one is a gingerbread smoothie, still healthy, but a bit more sweet and festive. Blend together: almond milk, a banana, fresh ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, cloves, and maple syrup. Serve with gingerbread cookies.

Spiced Christmas tea

Christmas tea infusions are my favorite and I actually drink them all winter long. I love how red and festive they are. If you can’t find Christmas tea bags anywhere, you can just add some dried hibiscus, vanilla, and cinnamon to hot water or your regular tea.

Coffee

Okay, I drink coffee all year long, but it’s usually espresso. During the holidays, I love to sip on my cappuccino. Another kind of coffee that reminds me of Christmas is caffè marocchino (literally Moroccan coffee). The bottom layer is made of cocoa, then it’s coffee, and steamed milk on top.

Do you have a favorite holiday drink? What do you usually sip on while watching Christmas movies?

Sarah
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The Christmas tag / Blogmas, day 1

After seeing so many people doing Blogmas, I’ve decided to jump on the bandwagon as well. I know what you’re thinking: Sarah, you’re very late to the party. In order to have a successful Blogmas challenge you’re supposed to blog every day of December up until Christmas.

Well, I’ve decided to make my own rules and do a very short version of Blogmas, which will last 10 days. Also, I’ll try to make every post Christmas related or at least Winter themed.

The Christmas tag / blogmas day 1

So my first entry for this very short version of Blogmas is the Christmas tag, which of course I’ve altered a bit because I like to personalize things.

1. Have you ever had a White Christmas?

I don’t think it ever snowed on the actual Christmas day here. However, there were a couple of years when there was still old snow around on Christmas and I loved how everything looked. I love snow and I love Christmas, or at least the holiday spirit, so it would be awesome to have snow and Christmas on the same day. Unluckily, we don’t get that many snow days here, and it just started getting below 0°C these past few weeks, so it’s pretty pointless hoping to have a white Christmas this year. Maybe next year, when I’ll be in Toronto for Christmas.

2. What is your favorite Christmas movie?

I am not that much into movies. TV shows are my thing and I love when they do Christmas specials (they’re doing one for Sense8 this year and I’m so excited). Anyways, the only three Christmas movies that come to mind are How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Elf, and Home Alone. I remember watching them all during the holidays when I was a little kid and I’d say How the Grinch Stole Christmas is my favorite.

3. What is your favorite Christmas song?

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays (covered) by Issues. Also, Thousand Miles Christmas by Matt Webb.

4. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

No. When I was little I used to open all my presents as soon as I woke up on Christmas morning. Nowadays, as I don’t get to find a lot of presents piled up on the floor of my living room anymore, I usually open them as soon as I get them. Or, if someone really insists I have to wait till Christmas to open their gift, I open it as soon as I’m home alone.

5. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

I could, if I googled it. And I’m gonna to google it right now because not knowing their name will bug me. I know just Rudolf.

6. Do you like to stay in your pj’s or dress up for Christmas?

I always like to stay in my pj’s. But I also like to put on a nice Christmas themed outfit and makeup. Last year I’ve also painted my nails with a lot of red and golden glitters. I still haven’t decided what I’ll wear this year.

7. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

My Christmas tree is non-existent. For a couple of years, we had a small fake tree that would sing and dance when you walked by, but then it stopped working.

8. When do you put the tree up and take it down?

Again, I don’t have a tree. But here it’s tradition to put it and all the other decorations and the lights up on the 8th of December. You take everything down on the 6th of January because l’Epifania tutte le feste porta via (Epiphany carries away all festivities).

9. What is your all-time favorite holiday food/sweet treat?

I really like gingerbread cookies, torrone, and yule log cake.

10. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?

I love to give gifts, but I hate going shopping for them and I’m always worried I’m buying something wrong or not cool enough. Of course, I also love to receive gifts, especially when it’s something I really like, wanted, or needed.

11. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?

Can I be brutally honest? I’d say money : )

12. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

In order of preference: Iceland, Norway, St. Petersburg. In alternative, someplace warm, like Costa Rica or the Caribbean.

13. Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?

I love to wrap presents and I love to go overboard with ornaments. Sometimes I’m very proud of the results, other times I give up and ask my mom to wrap presents for me (she’s the pro in the family).

14. Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Do you stick to them?

Yes, I do make them. I used to make pretty big and unrealistic ones so I never actually stuck to them. But now I’m setting more realistic goals for myself and I break them down in monthly or even weekly goals, so I get to achieve most of the things I want to do in a year. If you’re interested in how to make your dreams happen, you should get my free workbook.

I also want to add a totally Italian question at the end of this. Many battles have been fought to find an answer to this dilemma. But the debate still goes on and to this day we have no winner.

15. Panettone or pandoro?

I’ve always been team Pandoro over here. But I guess I could tolerate some panettone if it’s without candied fruits.

What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions? But, most importantly, are you team pandoro or panettone?

Sarah
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