Climbing an adult jungle gym in the Bethiverse

Welcome to the Bethiverse

INSIDE THE BETHIVERSE Beth Clark + Dear Universe = Bethiverse, which encompasses the hilarious, mortifying, inspiring, and what. the. firetruck things that happen from my assigned seat in the universe, usually involving the human condition as viewed through the sarcastic lens of my rosé colored glasses. The Bethiverse started as a simple blog that evolved…
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Permesso di Soggiorno packet

Moving to Italy: the Visa-Permesso Process

So, You Think You Want to Move to Italy Actually, you probably don’t. I wrote an article on why that I gently nudge anyone considering moving to Italy to read. If you know you belong here in the depths of your soul, fantastico. If nothing else, you can prepare for the realities of immigration and…
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Beth with Duomo

So, You Want to Move to Italy

Actually, you probably don’t, and here’s why. I mean that sincerely, not in a gatekeeper or “wink, wink” kind of way. It’s not that Italy’s not stunning or that moving to Italy isn’t glorious – it absolutely is. But every time someone tells me how envious, impressed, etc. they are that I permanently moved to…
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Two glasses of Prosecco

Saluti to National Prosecco Day

Ciao a tutti, this is an updated version of a USA National Prosecco Day article published in 2018 on the official day, which is August 13th. Because I’ve been busy, today is the 15th and Ferragosto in Italy – a national holiday and the Festa dell’Assunzione di Maria (the Assumption of Mary), so let’s raise…
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Hedy Lamarr

How Hedy Lamarr Changed the World

Who was Hedy Lamarr? If you’ve never heard of Hedy Lamarr, it pains me that you’re not alone, so I’m making it my mission to change that. She’s best known for being an actress, but that’s not how she changed the world. Among other things, she was a brilliant inventor who shaped the future with her…
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Peeing in Italy

PEEING IN ITALY: THE BASICS The fact that an entire blog article devoted to peeing in Italy exists should be your first indicator of what an adventure it can be. Despite the cheeky (bahaha) tone, my goal is to prepare and educate you so that from the moment you step onto Italian soil, your risk…
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The Amalfi Coast of Italy

Amalfi Coast Travel: Pro Tips

THE AMALFI COAST: ALL THAT AND OH, SO MUCH MORE Amalfi Coast travel tips from someone (like me) who knows it well can make visiting one of the most stunning places on the planet even more magical, and less stressful. But I also believe strongly that non-native Italians who write about Italy (like me) have…
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The True MBTI Preferences as Defined by Myers-Briggs

(And Why You Should Take the Real MBTI Assessment Before Talking About Your “MBTI” Type) PREFACE: WHY I HEART THE MBTI® WORLD Before you delve into the (hopefully) clarifying and enlightening info below regarding the actual MBTI preferences, I gotta tell you why I heart the world of the MBTI® assessment. As the rarest Myers-Briggs®…
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The Medici Quartet Stradivarius tenor viola and cello at the Galleria dell'Accademia.

Why Stradivarius Violins Sing

Stradivarius violins are works of alchemical art, and with just 512 left in the world, only the true elite of the musical world (or the extremely rich) get to play them. Long before I moved to Italy and stood mesmerized by the beauty of the Medici Stradivarius quintet at the Galleria dell’Accademia (including a rare…
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Packing Light small suitcase and backpack

The Art of Traveling Light

THE KEY TO TRAVELING LIGHT: PACK SMART I get that the “traveling light and packing smart” struggle is real. Really, I do. And I try not to judge, but some travelers…holy shit. When I see people with two ginormous (and heavy) wheeled suitcases, an under-seat carry-on, a backpack, an overstuffed shopping tote, and a purse,…
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