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The Bambino Heads Back to Chicago

by Jerry Soverinsky. Posted Jul 20th 2011 01:00 PM
Bambino on Board

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It's been a week since we returned to Chicago, and our adjustment back to Central time, traffic congestion and temperatures in the upper 90s has been a relatively smooth one. Max resumed his old sleep schedule just two days after returning home, three full days before Jana and I resumed ours.
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Switzerland is Anything But Neutral: Max Gets Warm Welcomes in the Alps

by Jerry Soverinsky. Posted Jul 10th 2011 11:00 AM
Swiss Magic: Max Seems Right at Home in the Mountains

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Max has taken an immediate liking to Switzerland. And with good reason: Everyone here, old and new acquaintances alike, has been incredibly kind to us. Max's eyes constantly dart about, taking in the impossibly perfect alpine scenery, but tend to linger and crinkle with joy when he sees one of his new friends.
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Alpine High: Max's First Taste of Mountain Life

by Jerry Soverinsky. Posted Jul 7th 2011 02:00 PM
Bambino on Board

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Jana, Max, and I arrived in Interlaken, Switzerland earlier this week. Nestled between (inter) two lakes (laken) – the Thunersee and Brienzersee – Interlaken is the ideal base for a Swiss Alpine getaway. It doesn't hurt that I happen to love Switzerland.
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The Butcher, the Baker, and the Cappuccino Maker: A Tuscan Fairy Tale All Our Own

by Jerry Soverinsky. Posted Jul 5th 2011 08:57 AM
The Butcher, the Baker, and the Cappuccino Maker: A True Tuscan Fairy Tale with Our Bambino

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As you ascend the last hill leading to the town square, the first thing you notice is how the 1,000-year old church and castle harmoniously blend into the Tuscan landscape. Panzano is a masterfully painted mural.
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Max Opens Doors in Kid-Friendly Europe

by Jerry Soverinsky. Posted Jul 1st 2011 04:15 PM
Max Opens Doors in Kid-Friendly Europe

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Forget language courses, cultural awareness training, and gesturing incessantly with your hands. Want to know the real way to make inroads with Europeans while traveling abroad? Bring a baby.
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Be Ready to Change Plans: Traveling with Baby is All About Adaptability

by Jerry Soverinsky. Posted Jun 29th 2011 03:30 PM
Be Ready to Change Plans: Traveling with Baby is All About Adaptability

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When you have a nine-month old baby as a traveling companion, there is plenty to keep you up at night as you prepare for overseas travel and after you arrive. It can all get a bit overwhelming. Only now, as our trip is nearing the three week mark, are we settling into our Italian lifestyle and able to reflect more clearly on our trip preparation and Europe acclimation.
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Max the Regular: A Coffee Bar Embraces the Bambino Like a Local

by Jerry Soverinsky. Posted Jun 27th 2011 04:00 PM
Max the Regular: A Coffee Bar Embraces Max Like a Local

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We found our spot. It's smack in the center of town, just past the bend in Panzano, a café/gelateria/pasticceria/bar where Max has been embraced as a local – the surest sign yet that we're settling into a rural, Italian lifestyle. Max receives a hearty, "Maxxxxx" from the café owner and local residents as we enter La Curva each morning before 8. He's like Norm from Cheers now.
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Strolling Through Siena: A City's Highlights and Baby-Friendly Rest Stops

by Jerry Soverinsky. Posted Jun 24th 2011 03:00 PM
Strolling Through Siena: A City's Highlights and Baby-Friendly Rest Stops

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Next stop on our Tuscan tour: Siena.

Without the baby, I would have opted for a self-guided tour or even a group tour organized by the local tourist office, but today we went with a private guide. Knowing we needed to go at an unpredictable pace, Jana and I decided planning our own itinerary was the way to go.
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What's Your Hurry: Bambino on Board Requires Leisurely Pace

by Jerry Soverinsky. Posted Jun 22nd 2011 03:30 PM
What's Your Hurry: Bambino on Board Requires Leisurely Pace

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There's a global movement that originated in Italy called Cittaslow devoted to the idea that people ought to be more focused on "the improving of life quality" through food, art, and unspoiled landscapes, among other things. The idea is slowing down to appreciate authenticity and diversity rather than getting caught up in homogenized, fast-paced pop culture. It's a concept perfectly suited to traveling with a baby.
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The Road to Panzano: Planning a Month-Long European Vacation

by Jerry Soverinsky. Posted Jun 21st 2011 04:00 PM
The Road to Panzano: Planning a Month-Long European Vacation

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Our journey to Panzano began months ago when Jana and I decided that we we'd try to initiate Max to travel at an early age. We both agreed that Italy would be the ideal destination.
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