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 Boss 6 days 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 →
  • Beach People (redux) 1 week ago There haven’t been enough beach days for me yet this year. Not like the folks in today’s post, who I originally wrote about a year ago. Dedication - or maybe depilation – ‘s what you need when it comes to beachgoing. Never … Continue reading →
  • How to play ... ball games 2 weeks ago “My ball! MY ball!” The toddler waddles across the scorched grass of Villa Bellini – one of Catania’s few green public spaces – as fast as he can. The ball in question is being dribbled away from him by a … Continue reading →
  • Journey to Paris 2 months ago Piazza Borsellino, even at 9.30am, is blisteringly hot. I head for the small area of shade by the ticket office closest to my stop, which is already jostling with people. I squeeze in at the edge and prepare to wait. … Continue reading →
  • Paris, encore 2 months ago I’m going to Paris! Tomorrow! And this time I’m going with my amore (well, strictly speaking, I’m meeting him there, given that we’re living in different countries at the moment – details, details …), so there will be no need … 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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