Book Review: “Italy Travel Guide: Top 40 Beautiful Places You Can’t Miss! “

31 Mar

Italy Travel Guide:

Top 40 Beautiful Places You Can’t Miss!

by Manuel de Cortes

A handy tour guide gifted to visitors in Italy.

Manuel de Cortes’s recent book, “Italy Travel Guide: Top 40 Beautiful Places You Can’t Miss” is an resources for travelers or students interested in visiting Italy.  At 125 pages, the book is small but still contains quite a bit of useful information on locations worth checking out during your trip.

I’ve never been to Italy, so I cannot actually tell you if the places he recommends are truly the best. But I looked up some reviews and pictures of the spots, and I would definitely want to check them out if it were me. I’m planning my dream trip to Italy one day, and this book gave me some great ideas :)

There are seven Chapters, including the introduction and conclusion. He has divided the country into a general overview, North Italy, Central Italy, South Italy, and the Islands.  Each gets its own description and list of recommended locations.  In addition to brief descriptions, he also throws in the fun fact here and there  to spice up your trip.

The book is a little simple, and he doesn’t include directions or tell you how to reach these spots. And it’s usually recommending a larger area (this city, that pot), so specifics like where to find dinner or shop aren’t here.  That will be up to you. But it is a good place to find ideas if you want to get a good look at all the different areas in the country.

Writing style: Pretty good. Some of the writing could have been edited better, but I feel that with a decent editor it would read like a professional.  Mr. Cortes has written several other books, and is obviously familiar with the writing process.  The book is self-published, and you can tell in some places. But overall, I really liked the flow and all the information he includes. A lot of people seem to have really appreciated his use of pictures – he has one for almost all of the major locations. It certainly helps you find them on the streets. 

If you are planning a trip to Italy, I recommend checking his book out.  You can find it on Amazon as a cheap E-book ($2.99) so you can carry it with you as you tour :)


Bar Results are Out!

30 Mar

So North Carolina has officially begun mailing out their bar results. They aren’t available online yet, but hopefully will be soon. However, I’m getting confirmation from some people that they have received theirs in the mail.  So keep your fingers crossed. I’ll be checking consistently now to see if those states without dates have posted, so watch the site!

GOOD LUCK! And Congrats to all who passed!


Book Recommendation: “Child 44″

30 Mar

Child 44:
by Tom Rob Smith

““—Isn’t this how it starts? You have a cause you believe in, a cause worth dying for. Soon, it’s a cause worth killing for. Soon, it’s a cause worth killing innocent people for.”  Continue reading

My New Friend!

30 Mar


Picked up this little guy at the Buddha Temple in PingDingShan as my souvenir; isn’t he colorful? He makes me happy :)

Classroom Art

28 Mar


The walls in our classrooms are covered in random drawings, stickers, and messages from students. Some of them are pretty cool!

Mock Trial in China :)

26 Mar

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Our students are studying Business Law, and we had them stand in for a mock trial this week.  The boy is the Bailiff and the girl in the black robe is the judge :)

So Smart!

24 Mar

This octopus is brilliant, awesome, and totally hip.  The voice-giving diver is equally as cool :)

Awesome Cake Idea :)

24 Mar

Idea from HandmadeCharlotte. Click picture to visit her website

Spring in Xinzheng

21 Mar

Spring is arriving in Xinzheng!  I went for a walk in the river park with some friends yesterday.  We were hunting for fishies and we caught some!  Harry was out in the middle of one of the koi ponds balancing on the pots, it’s a miracle we didn’t end up with a soaked, stinky Harry :)  the trees were flowering, the weÖather was lovely, what a great day!


TESOL Lols: Committee

20 Mar

I recently asked my ESL student to give me the dictionary’s English definition of “Committee” (I teach Business Law to Juniors).  The response I got was “a special group delegated to consider some matter and that keeps minutes and loses hours.”  

I’m pretty sure my student has no idea what the last part means, but apparently committee inefficiency is not just a joke anymore, it’s official!   


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