Life is random, but always an adventure.

Like elenfantinis, or any other creatures you might run across in Italy.

One day, I got bored with the day-to-day life in Austin.  So, I booked a ticket to Prague, bought a blue vintage suitcase I threw a few clothes into, and came to Europe for a few months.  The first half of the trip consisted of hopping around from city to city, discovering hostels and new friends, couchsurfing, hitchiking, taking ferries, walking, and writing in my little black book.  I wasn’t ready to go back to the States with my original August airplane ticket, so I didn’t get on the plane.  Instead, I have settled down in Ancona, Italy, thanks to an extended “come stay with me if you want!” invite from a friend.  Not sure if Mr. Italian meant ‘forever’, but, that’s what it kind of ended up being.  For now.


And the rest is… well, a little bit history, a little bit the present, and hopefully very much the future.

Mostly art and Italy, random recipes, frequent photography, a lot of rambling, much dreaming, some music, occasional reviews, periodic adventures, and- always, as many colors as possible.

: )

§ 11 Responses to ABOUT

  • neonspndx says:

    Sounds incredible. Are you working in Italy?

    • Simba says:

      I am actually wrapping up my life in Austin, TX right now with an art project called 25 Canvases…. and in exactly a month, I’ll be moving to Ancona, Italy for good.

      No idea what I will be doing yet, other than enjoying la dolce vita. And figuring it out as I go 🙂

  • barrylillie says:

    I too took the plunge and moved to live la dolce vita, it’s been mad at times, infuriating at others but mostly a dream come true. Good luck with chasing your dream.

    • Simba says:

      Thank you very much!
      I’d have to disagree with you though- Marche’s going to win this bet to be Italy’s best kept-secret ; )

      In all seriousness though, thank you for the support- maybe our paths will cross at some point, somewhere around this slice of land.

  • Sue says:

    Hi Simba, Just found your blog! Fabulous idea to up sticks and move to Italy! I’ve done it too – I moved out (to Camerano – not far from Ancona) in March from the UK and have grand plans to do artistic type stuff too so it’s great to hear that someone else is doing a similar thing and presumably going through the same challenges! Would be great to hear how you’re getting on with all of the bureaucracy and the language – it feels like an up-hill battle at times 🙂 Anyway, carry on with the blog, I’d be very interested to hear how you get on!

    • Simba says:

      Ciao, Sue!
      First of all, thank you very much for the encouraging comment (er, I’m sure you’re in the same boat with the language and bureaucracy?), and, second of all- WOAH! Camerano is right next door to me!
      If you’re ever in the mood to have an art day or chat about life in Italy (and everywhere) over a spritz or caffe’ or glass of wine, please let me know. Good company is always appreciated in these isolated Marche hills~

  • […] blog is from someone that’s moved over from Texas to Ancona and doing a similar thing as me: https://elefantini.wordpress.com Have a […]

  • A. T. Sherbiny says:

    Very nice blog 🙂

  • Azuka Ijomah says:

    Your paintings are so fantastic. I would love to use some of them on my website http://www.unn.edu.ng

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