Happy Thanksgiving

on Thursday, November 27, 2008

I FINALLY have my wonderful iMac back in my possession! My husband at the moment updating/upgrading it. HOPEFULLY he'll be done shortly with it. At least I have it back and will be able to use it momentarily. Thank you everyone for being so patient during this "downtime". Now I'll be able to catch up on things, including dropping cards on Entrecard, recommencing looking for computer technician jobs in Canada and also of course blogging. My laptop has been handy during the last week but nothing beats my desktop.

I would like to wish everyone in the States a Happy Thanksgiving. We are not celebrating today Turkey Day, MAYBE on Saturday after I get off of work. If not with my husband's family, a minimum of just my husband and I. His family isn't really into celebrating "American" holidays like Thanksgiving.

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Attention fellow readers and Entrecard Droppers

on Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I haven't been able to and also today may be a bit slow, if at all to respond to comments and drop cards on Entrecard. Yesterday we were in Switzerland all day and today my beloved iMac has gone into the shop to have the DVD player/burner replaced. HOPEFULLY I'll have it back either this evening or some time tomorrow. My iMac is only a couple of years old, I've had it for the last year without any problems up until now. Why am I having the DVD player/burner replaced? Yes my husband and I are smokers and my computer technician of a hubby figures that the lens on the DVD player is majorly dirty and since my iMac is still under warranty, is having it replaced. So I beg your pardon if for the next day or so that I may be slow to return comments and drop on your blog via Entrecard. At least I still have computer/internet access via my old Mac PowerBook. My laptop is a little slow and old. It's about 8 years old and minus being slow, works perfectly.

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I Love Your Blog Award

on Friday, November 14, 2008

Thank you to Dori over at From A Yellow House In England for the I Love Your Blog award!  This is the first time I've received a blog award.  Thank you so much Dori!  Now I'd like to pass on the "love" to the following bloggers.  The catch it guys and dolls, that you link back to the person who gives you the award and pass it along to seven of your favorite blogs.  

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Paisley Scotland Photos

on Thursday, November 13, 2008

This is an old thread mill in Paisley.  Now closed and abandoned.  

This is Paisley Abbey which dates back to the 12th century.  
Side view of Paisley Abbey, with a statue in memorial of Alexander Wilson, who was a Scottish-American poet, naturalist and illustrator.  He was born in Paisley and passed away in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

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Glasgow Scotland

on Tuesday, November 11, 2008

May 2007 I had the pleasure of going to Glasgow Scotland and spending a week with a good friend of mine. I throroughly enjoyed the week seeing the sights in Glasgow, Paisley and also Loch Lommond. With the advert of the low-cost airlines, a round-trip ticket from Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport, near Milan, to Glasgow Prestwick Airport in May 2007 I spent about $60 on Ryanair. Sixty dollars doesn't even fill my gas tank.

If you haven't had the opportunity to visit Scotland yet, I would highly suggest going. I found Glasgow and the area very clean and green. The people were very warm and welcoming. They were genuienly friendly and open. Nor did I feel any Anti-American sentiment while I was there.

Hopefully later in the week I will be posting more photos from my trip in Scotland.

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Top Entrecard Droppers

on Sunday, November 09, 2008

I've been using Entrecard for a little over a month and a half now. I have come across interesting blogs that I otherwise would not have. Up till today, here are the top Entrecard droppers on my site, please check them out:
My Thai Friend
People You Need To Know
Picture to People
The Virtual Dime Museum
My Sweet Haven
Thailand Land of Smiles
HRM Business Practices and Notes
Make Money Work Online
Dallas Marketing Services
60 Were Enough

So far I've really enjoyed Entrecard, have found some fellow Expat sites but would love to see more Expat sites or Canadian blogs on there. If you're an Expat blogger or a Canadian blogger and you want to check out other quality blogs and/or you want more traffic to your blog, check out Entrecard now!

p.s. This is NOT a sponsored post.

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Italian politics

on Saturday, November 08, 2008

Today a little bit about Italian politics. Italy has a population of around 57 million people in a surface area less than the state of California. Between the Senate the Chamber of Deputies there are a total of about 945 politicians in Rome. Each politician earning around 19,150 euros a MONTH, plus benefits. Not including benefits, the Italian politicians cost the Italian taxpayer around 217,161,000 euros a year. This is NOT including the salaries of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi or President Giorgio Napolitano. Does Italy, or any other country for that matter, actually NEED so many politicians in the capital?!? Some perks/benefits Italian politicians enjoy are:
FREE Cell phone
FREE Cinema tickets
FREE Bus & Subway tickets
FREE Stamps
FREE National air travel
FREE tolls on the motorway
FREE Gym & Swimming pool memberships
FREE Alitalia tickets
FREE Clinics (not sub-standard care either, of course)
FREE Life Insurance
FREE Car & driver
FREE Restaurants

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Lucerne Switzerland photos part 2

on Friday, November 07, 2008

As promised here are some more photos from my trip last weekend to Lucerne Switzerland.

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Comment problem fixed

on Wednesday, November 05, 2008

It was brought to my attention that the comment feature on my blog was not working. I have hopefully fixed the problem so please feel free to comment away!

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Lucerne Switzerland photos

As promised, here are some photos of my trip last weekend to Lucerne, Switzerland. Keep checking back as I will post more photos later.

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Election Day 2008

on Tuesday, November 04, 2008

As you all know, today is election day in the United States. I have already sent in my absentee ballot about a couple of weeks ago. If you are an American citizen, have you voted yet? If you're not voting today, whether in person or via absentee ballot, why?

This is a big election for the United States, if not the world. There is going to be a "changing of the guard" in the White House. Either McCain or Obama. Either way it is going to be a first. The first woman Vice President or first African American president.

The majority, if not all, of my students at one point in time have asked me questions about the election and who I think will win. Italians are curious people and I mean that in a good way. My impression is that for the most part Italians would prefer to see Barak Obama as president. Several people have asked me directly almost making a subtle hint "Are you going to vote for Obama?".

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Alpen Doch, Switzerland

on Monday, November 03, 2008

As promised here are some photos from our weekend in Lucerne Switzerland.  Today's photos are from Saturday of the area where our Bed and Breakfast was, near the village/town of Alpnach Dorf.  Stay tuned this week and I will be posting more photos of our trip to Lucerne Switzerland.  

We stayed at a Bed and Breakfast called The Schuermatt, which is located on a small farm that has cows, horses and a mule or two.  The owners, Josef & Madeleine, where very friendly, kind and hospitable.  My husband was the one that had to do all of the talking, since the owners speak German and French, neither language I know.  I think it's time I start studying one of the two languages, since we've been spending a lot of time in the French and German speaking parts of Switzerland.  

As you can see from the photos below, we were surrounded by mountains and it had snowed a couple of days earlier.  The air was so clean and crisp and the view was breathtaking.  The only sound we could hear was the occasional cow bells.  Saturday evening we had a delicious homemade cheese fondue for supper there at the Bed & Breakfast.  Breakfast yesterday morning consisted of sliced ham and roast beef, grapefruit juice, yougurt, bread, croissants, three different types of cheeses, jam and nutella, coffee and FRESH (we're talking fresh from the cow fresh) milk.  

If the occasional smell of manure puts you off or you're a city person, this place isn't for you.  But if you're searching for a down home type of place with everyday nice people, I suggest staying at The Schuermatt.  Just make sure if you're unable to speak German or French to have a dictionary with you.  Also, don't forget your GPS to get there.  The rooms are clean as is the shared bathroom.  They do have some cats and dogs, so if you're allergic to either one, best stay away.  The cats and dogs are not allowed onto the second floor where the guest rooms are located.  

If you're planning a trip to Switzerland and want to stay at a Bed and Breakfast, I would highly suggest checking out this website.  This is the site we found The Schuermatt on.  Seems to be the "official" listing of Bed and Breakfasts in Switzerland.  You can also buy a book of all of the listings also.

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