Driving Like a Maniac

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Driving Like a Maniac
DLaM is written by Kate Bailward - aka Katja. It is mainly made up of stories and observations of life in southern Italy, and is updated once a week, on Mondays.
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  • The Last Good Day of the Year 1 week ago “Signora!” Donato winds down the window of his battered turquoise car and calls to the woman sitting in the back seat of hers with all the doors open. “Signora – Lei sa dov’è la spiaggia?” The woman peers around the … Continue reading →
  • Thank Crunchie it's Friday! 3 weeks ago Or – er – Wednesday. Well, this post has started well, hasn’t it? Let me clear things up for you. For logistical reasons (among other things, the fact that, in this new school year, my working days are Monday, Tuesday … Continue reading →
  • Wake me up when September ends 4 weeks ago It may be the dog days of summer in Sicily, but there are still beach days to be had. A pair of sisters (cousins?) sit on a rock, reading. One, as brown and flat-chested as her cousin (sister?) is pale … Continue reading →
  • In Ferie 2 months ago Service is likely to be a bit intermittent over the next month or so because – well – it’s hot and I’m on holiday. I’ll be back, though, never fear. I’m just taking the advice of many wise old farmers and … Continue reading →
  • The Boss 3 months ago The five boys outside the restaurant are competing for attention with the pretty young woman standing in front of them. She’s laughing as they puff out their chests and hold out triumphant fingers to show how old they are. They’re … Continue reading →

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  • From Expat to Immigrant Writing Contest October 2012 I hadn't intended to come to Italy. Argentina was where I wanted to be, where I could ride polo ponies across pampas plains and fall in love with handsome gauchos. That was the plan. Europe wasn't even on my list. It was too close to the UK and not...

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Website Reviews » There are 14 reviews on Driving Like a Maniac

MJ
23:03 PM October 08, 2012

Superb blog!!!

Craig Myles
23:46 PM October 08, 2012

Highly entertaining and beautifully written (and on occasion spoken!) blog. What this woman can't tell you about the experience of eating trifle is frankly not worth reading (or hearing).

Deadly Knitshade
00:25 AM October 09, 2012

Utterly love Driving Like a Maniac. Clever, well written and so hilarious it is responsible for many odd looks from fellow commuters as I laugh out loud on public transport.

Kim Samsin
00:30 AM October 09, 2012

She is a smashing storyteller. Highly recommended!

Niki
01:00 AM October 09, 2012

My favourite blog of them all - the writing is superb - you find yourself drawn in, as if you were there experiencing it too. Very gifted writer and most enjoyable blog.

MaryAnne Oxendale
01:26 AM October 09, 2012

She makes me want to move to Italy.

Fiona At Life On Nanchang Lu
02:26 AM October 09, 2012

Always makes me wish I lived in Italy instead of China....

Jinni
06:07 AM October 09, 2012

Intelligent, down to earth, great sense of humor..great blog!.

Joanna Hamil
06:54 AM October 09, 2012

A wild ride - lots of fun.

Gillian
10:19 AM October 09, 2012

I Look forward to Mondays with Kate's observations of her life in Sicily (and beyond)

Conrad
11:55 AM October 09, 2012

Deep down she is a blonde - sweet writing, smart and wicked too. Clap clap.

Pete
08:55 AM October 10, 2012

Always an entertaining read.

Krista
06:06 AM October 13, 2012

I LOVE this blog!! She always takes me to interesting places in a way that makes me laugh out loud and feel like I was there. Brilliant. :-)

John P Brady
22:07 PM October 29, 2012

Big fan of Kate's writing. I love how she constructs a sentence - always in a delicate way. She has very readable material. We are both blogging about Sicily so for me, that makes it even more interesting.

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