Learning to be a better blogger in Abruzzo


I have to admit that the idea of going to Abruzzo to learn more about the art and craft of blogging has struck some of my friends and colleagues as an odd thing.  To be honest, most of them have never heard of Abruzzo. Unless, of course it’s just the humorous mention of  it by a character in the recent Australian film ‘Red Dog‘.  The mine worker, Vanno, is always singing the praises of his homeland in Italy, “Ah, now in the Abruzzi…” followed by any of “…the women are the most beautiful” or “…the food is the best in the world” or “…the scenery is fantastic”.  As a migrant in a desolate, woman-less, remote mining outpost of Western Australia in the 1970s it’s easy to see how Vanno would have a sense of Abruzzo as a paradise on earth! But there’s a lot of truth in this idealised vision of our character’s homeland.

From a cousin's house in Morro D'Oro, Teramo, looking back towards the mountains.
From a cousin’s house in Morro D’Oro, Teramo, looking back towards the mountains.

As someone who also has heritage in Abruzzo, I seem to have an attraction to web sites or blogs that discuss Italy (refer previous post here) and more so if the content mentions the word ‘Abruzzo’.  So when I learnt of the Let’s Blog Abruzzo event (yes I have been following the blog of one of the organisers) I thought, “what a wonderful alignment of the planets”.  A visit to Bell’Abruzzo. A room full of people all interested in Abruzzo food, wine and tourism. A room full of people who know so much more than me about blogging. A session to help me with my photography. A list of sponsors who produce food and wine that we will be able to taste. An opportunity to meet people whose blogs I have been following for ages. It was a ‘no brainer’…

I am so looking forward to seeing family, attending the conference in a part of Abruzzo that I’ve not been to before – the hill-top town of Santo Stefano di Sessanio – and immersing myself in all that Let’s Blog Abruzzo has to offer. Ci vediamo presto!

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. I am so excited to be meeting you there Lou. Nice post!

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  2. kassie50 says:

    Hey Pergolini girls, have fun! Guess you already know this author – Tim Parks – his latest, Italian Ways: On and Off the Rails, is getting great press. Essays on travels through Italy by train. On list of “highbrow” beach reads (isn’t that an oxymoron?) on New Yorker site.
    KAS in Cville

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    1. mltucker says:

      Thanks KAS. Just lounging in Dubai between flights…

      Don’t know that book. Maybe Annie does. Currently reading Mezza Italiana by Aussie Italian woman – Zoe Boccabella.

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  3. Ciao! so nice to have met you in Santo Stefano, and what a great conference! I’m also intrigued about Zoe Boccabella’s book, do you recommend it?

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    1. mltucker says:

      Hi Susanna, also nice meeting you. What a great bunch of people with ‘un sacco di passione per Abruzzo’! Zoe’s book is easy reading. I am half way through and will give a final judgement when done. Perhaps a blog post?. Sammy reviewed it on her Life in Abruzzo site.

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      1. Good to know, i’ll go have a look now and will also check back for your review 🙂

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