My Story

A little more about me and what led me here...

Although I had a pretty nomadic childhood,  I am mostly from Ann Arbor, Michigan. After graduating from the University of Michigan, I spent a number of years working to pay off student loans, fund my travels & basically, tried to avoid becoming a "grown up" for as long as possible.  Just as I thought I'd finally figured out "what I wanted to be when I grew up" and was about to go back to school, destiny had other plans...  

I had come to visit Matera for the first time in 1989 and fell in love with the place.... & Italy in general. I then made frequent trips to Matera in the years following.   I had even lived here briefly in 1995, when I came to teach English after doing a TEFL course in London & had always thought I'd like to come back & live in Matera, if I could find sustainable work.  That opportunity presented itself just as I was at a major cross-roads... 

In January of 2000, after some serious reflection and "soul-searching", I made a sharp turn, veered east and headed for Italy's deep south, and I've been here ever since.  Ironically, because my family moved around so much growing up, this is the longest I've ever lived continuously in one place... I figure, there must be a reason? 

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In addition to doing tours of Matera, I am a teacher/translator/musician/beeswax candle chandler & mom (See picture on right).

As a tour guide, I have been fortunate enough to show people around this magical place for over 14 years now and actually get paid for it! In addition, I have also been lucky enough to be listed in Lonely Planet for almost that long as well...

I love my job, as it allows me to meet people from all walks of life & from all over the world.  I get to share my passion for the local history, culture & lifestyle and I often learn from my clients through their observations, thoughtful questions & the exchange of ideas about everything from music, food, films, art & books to geology, history & archaeology. 

I've learned the most however, through the personal stories & experiences people share, which are what really connect us all as human beings...

My perspective of the town is continuously renewed through these exchanges. So I guess you could say that a large part, (the best part), of what I do is connecting & sharing with other people. This job continues to be a catalyst for both professional & personal growth & development - what an opportunity!  It's a humbling & rewarding experience and I'm grateful for it.

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