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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  • My favourite festival: Harvest 2 months ago Harvest, to me as a child in a farming community, meant wheat stubble burning and the throat-clutching excitement (terror?) of seeing the fire and smoke licking across the fields. Even though it was controlled, there was still – in my child’s … Continue reading →
  • On weddings and (too much) wine 3 months ago The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that it’s been a bit quiet around here recently. There’s a reason for that – Davide and I got married on 20 August! It’s therefore been a busy few months, but hopefully with the … Continue reading →
  • It takes a village 7 months ago Signor Crigio, who owns the men’s tailoring shop that used to be at the bottom of the building, is tiny, dapper and slim, with round glasses and a white, perfectly-trimmed moustache – the archetypal tailor. He’s recently closed the shop down, … Continue reading →
  • On being authenticated 9 months ago The guys selling the chicken, pork and beef from the stalls outside the butcher’s shop know me now. After eighteen months of me shopping there, they can guess what I’m after before I’ve even asked for it. The chicken guy … Continue reading →
  • Things my Sicilian boyfriend and I fight about 10 months ago Well, all right, not fight about. But they definitely baffle us. Welcome to the heady world of the cross-cultural relationship. Item one: food He’s Italian; I’m English. You may be chuckling right now, thinking that you’ve already guessed what the problem … 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

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!

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....

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.

10:19 AM October 09, 2012

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

11:55 AM October 09, 2012

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

08:55 AM October 10, 2012

Always an entertaining read.

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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