Coming Back Soon…

Are you getting ready for more Bleeding Espresso? I sure hope so, because I’ll be back very shortly with new posts, new contests, interviews, an exciting foodie event, and more!

Which, I suppose, means no more of this:

Stella sunning herself on Flickr

Oh well. Just to be clear, I will *not* be sorry to see August go. Stinking heat and a village full of tourists gets old pretty fast to this peace-and-quiet-loving gal.

In the meantime, since Bleeding Espresso will be going through some changes (including design!), please take a moment to let me know what you’d like to see more and less of here at the blog.

For those who have already done so via Twitter and Facebook, your input is *molto* appreciated! And to everyone else, please do add your two beans!

18 Beans of Wisdom to “Coming Back Soon…”
  1. 08.27.2009

    I can see how lots of tourists would be annoying!!

    It’s cool in small doses, but I’m definitely going to be happy when they all head home…thank *goodness* we’re not Tuscany!

  2. 08.27.2009

    Well here in Roma the end of feragosto means more traffic, more ambulance sirens, more people … just more… it was so nice while it lasted!

    Yes Rome clears out for a while and we get all the traffic…I’m not sorry to give it back 😉

    .-= Willym´s last blog ..Language =-.

  3. awedree

    So nice to read your blogs again! And I’m very excited that you’ll be back soon 🙂 I would really enjoy more posts about the Italian culture and everyday life in Italy/Calabria. I really enjoy when you blog about Italian politics (always get a kick out of those). Welcome back, Michelle. We missed you.
    Ah Italian politics…so entertaining and yet *gah* they’re running the country! Thanks for sticking around, Awedree!

  4. Gil

    Glad to see you back. I’m looking forward for more postings on Italy!

    That I can do, Gil 🙂

  5. 08.28.2009

    Who are the tourists (nationality-wise) who come to Badolato? I’m curious!

    Looking forward to more Bleeding Espresso, but I don’t really have any useful suggestions!

    Oh a little bit American, a little bit English, a little bit Australian (most who have family connections here), *a lot* German and Swiss (they tend to come and leave earlier in the summer)–and many, many Italians from other parts of Italy, particularly those who grew up here and have moved away (not really tourists, per se) and/or nieces/nephews/grandchildren. Some French too, but not in huge numbers.
    .-= Kim B.´s last blog ..Picnic on the Seine with Anne from Oxfordshire! =-.

  6. Ciao Michelle! Looking forward to your return to blogging. 🙂 I totally agree about the tourists. I saw the lines of traffic on the news this morning and I thought… Go home!! I want to be able to move around on the Amalfi Coast again. 🙂 I love your posts about daily life, language, writing and all the pets. Look forward to more! A presto!

    Hah, just try to keep the animals off the blog! Thanks for the kind words, Laura 🙂

    .-= Laura at Ciao Amalfi´s last blog ..The Amateur Gardener Tackles Lavender =-.

  7. 08.28.2009

    It’s good to see you’ll be back soon…& I’m taking off a few weeks. So I can finally catch up with everyone.

    I echo someone above, I do enjoy Calabrian everyday stories (I miss it!) & though I keep up with Italian politics, I would love to hear villagers-on-the-street viewpoint now & again. Of course, pix of the kids are essential!


    Thanks so much for the feedback, Susan! Enjoy your break 🙂
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Week’s End – See You in September =-.

  8. 08.28.2009

    glad to see you’re posting again. looking forward to hearing about the goings on of everyday life. Ciao for now.

    Thanks Em!

    Ribollita Reboiled
    .-= Em´s last blog ..Le Mossace =-.

  9. ana

    Hi Michelle, glad you’re coming back. I would like to see more of your town, pets, recipes, and lots and lots of pictures. Also, stories about your everyday life would be nice. Wonderful blog, and I love the way you write, very inteligent and serene.

    Thanks so much, Ana; I shall do my best to oblige!

  10. I’m with you.

    I’m glad to see August go as well. Too hot!

    Unfortunately in my next of the woods, the tourists are always here.

    Yes, I read you may be looking to get out of the *very* touristy neighborhood though?

  11. carol

    ….would love to hear about the nitty-gritty of renovating your house, how it’s going, …..including the bureaucrazia………….also, *kid* pix of course. glad you’re back!!

    Hmm , probably won’t hit the house renovation too much on here but you never know. The kid pix? That I can definitely do 😉

  12. 08.30.2009

    Looking forward to reading you again soon!


  13. 08.30.2009

    Welcome back Michelle. I would love to see more posts on italian gardens (fancy or not), oh and any locally made crafts. Do they have potteries down your way?

    Hmm the town of Squillace is famous for pottery, but I haven’t been. As for gardens, interesting…we’ll see what we can do 😀

  14. 08.31.2009

    Glad you will be back posting soon. No special requests as I have enjoyed all of your posts 🙂

    Thanks so much 🙂

    .-= girasoli´s last blog ..“surprise”~ PhotoHunt =-.

  15. 09.01.2009

    I feel guilty that I wished away August just so I could see the sunrise again! I love this time of year up until December 1st. Then then the rest of the winter well, I wish that away too.
    The Pensiero is beautiful. I have a mini one (of Sicilia) painted on the same kind of thingy but in miniature.

    I hear you, Lucy. I’m a wisher away of August myself…shhh….

    .-= lucy´s last blog .. =-.

  16. jordy

    Living in a “destination” city, I understand the feeling of being squeezed by tourists. But . . . you’ve been one (even in your little town, although I know you had a purpose beyond sightseeing) so there are others who were glad to see you go. Sometimes it helps to remember that those tourist bolster the local economy.

    Nevertheless, if the flight of tourists signals the return of your blog, wave goodbye for me, too.

    Now now, I never said tourists weren’t a necessary evil of living in a gorgeous destination, and in fact, I love meeting tourists (and seeing my inlaws, who become some of those tourists). And of course, I’m also happy for the businesses that prosper, but for me personally, August tourists nearly shut my business down since I work at home, and if they’re not outside my house, they’re in it!

    I’d prefer to see a steady flow of visitors spread throughout the year (but with the same overall numbers); we’d all have a more pleasant experience as in August, they’re really not getting the usual feel of the village either, which is a shame for them too.

    Thanks for reading!

  17. jordy

    Ah, no scolding was intended. More a statement of in-the-same-boat solidarity — and of my (often failed) method for coping with what I, too, face. As mentioned, I live in a city that continues to grow more crowded, not only with tourists but also with residents. And, like you, I’m a “peace-and-quiet-loving gal.” I’m envious of your lifestyle, a dream I hold for myself. In the meantime, I’ll live vicariously through your blog.

    Ottimo lavoro!

    Grazie, Jordy 🙂 I think it’s just so overwhelming here since we go from a village of 350 people, mostly elderly to lots and lots of families…and families mean kids…and I love kids…really….but…um…haha 😉

  18. Cristina Pepe

    Ciao Michelle
    I enjoy all of your blog posts, but especially ones about everyday Calabrese stuff, and Italian politics. Would love to read about your home renos too. Glad you got your peace and quiet back. It’s funny, in my village (Orsara di Puglia) the feeling is very different. Everyone loves August! I have a 450 sq foot house and spend a month there every August, but this year, I could only get vacation in June/July. It wasn’t the same-a lot of people are away at the beach. In August, the town goes from pop. 3,150 to double or maybe even triple that, and there are festivities most evenings. The ‘year round’ residents love it too. Looking forward to more posts. Cristina

    Well some year round residents here love it too–we’re not homogenous 😉 P and I just happen to like peace and quiet, are both introverted, etc., so it’s not a great time for us; plenty of Italians, of course, are loud and boisterous and enjoy all the life around them 😀

Michelle KaminskyMichelle Kaminsky is an American attorney-turned-freelance writer who lived in her family's ancestral village in Calabria, Italy for 15 years. This blog is now archived. 

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