Hello world! Welcome to my website. My name is Elena and I am so happy you are here. Have a look and enjoy.

Something about me.

I am a very passionate and caring person. I am friendly and enjoy meeting new people.

I am the 2nd of 4 siblings. I was born in Sicily, Italy, which is famous for its active volcano, Mt. Etna. (Etna at night) My family used to live at the foot of Mt. Etna, in Catania, and occasionally we could see awe inspiring lava dripping down its side. One of the best memories from Sicily beside my large extended family was picking prickly pears (fichi d'India) and eating them. Of course I learned my lesson early not to use my bare hands. Another memory close to my heart is dancing the tarantella. It is a lively dance that everyone enjoys, and it is a staple in weddings especially Italian weddings. The mandolin, guitar, accordion, tambourine, and the jaw harp create a joyful sound that makes you want to get up and dance. Sicilians are warm and friendly people and are rich in their own special culture. When you are in Sicily do not forget to visit the "Opera dei Pupi" theater. This marionette theater is specific to Sicilians and their history. Click here for a look at the marionettes. Marionette Theater Link


Sicily has been the backdrop of many movies like The Godfather. You may have also had a glimpse of Sicily in a fight scene in the movie Aquaman released in 2019.

Want to know more about Sicily? Click here Sicily

The island of Sicily is shaped like a triangle. The Sicilian flag the "Trinacria" symbolizes the three corners of the island. Legend says that three nymphs gathered earth, fruit and stones (3) and threw them in the sea, and that's how the triangular island came to be. Another legend says that there are 3 pillars holding up the island. Regardless of your legend preference, Sicily is an island that offers an unique experience of discovery for travelers. Unlike popular opinion, Sicily is part of Italy. When you are in Sicily don't forget to feast on the local cuisine and the original famous Sicilian sweet cake called "cassata".

Isle of Sicily Trinacria

Sicily - The Land of Ancient Civilization

Enjoy this clip showing the beauty of Sicily.

My favorite picture

In 1967 my family and I landed in New York harbor. It was an awe inspiring sight. The tallest building, the most people, the most cars I had ever seen. Eventually I got used to them, but I don't recall ever seeing any other city like it in my travels. This picture shows the new Freedom Tower which replaces the Twin Towers destroyed on 9/11. It stands for freedom, for New York, and for the U.S. Ground zero is now a museum. New York is a city that needs to be visited at least once in a lifetime.

My favorite movies

  1. Easy A
  2. The Pursuit of Happiness
  3. Spiderman
  4. Fruitvale Station
  5. Bridges Over Madison County
  6. Jumanji

My favorite music groups

  1. Aerosmith
  2. Abba
  3. Creedence Clearwater Revival
  4. Beatles
  5. Imagine Dragons
  6. Backstreet Boys

Other things you should know about me

I came to the United States on the ship Michelangelo in 1967. I was 12 years old and I had just started the 7th grade. I met my husband in New York, and my two sons were born there. They are the first generation of American-Italians in our family. I retired from the corporate arena, and now I attend college to explore a different chapter in my life. In my spare time I enjoy working on different types of puzzles.

My schedule for this year and Spring of 2020

Fall 2019 Spring 2020 Summer 2020
ITEC 1001POLS 1000 Rest!
FILM 1005PSCI 1000
HIST 2111MUSI 1000
Annual Course Schedule


Future Travel Plans

I would like to visit Italy in the future. I have been there before with a tour, but now I would like to travel on my own and visit other cities.

Time Activity Mode of Transportation
Day 1 Arrive in Rome and visit Castel Gandolfo.Train!
Day 2 Depart from Rome, travel to Milan.
Day 3 In Milan visit The Duomo and enjoy a boat ride on Lago Garda.
Day 4 Depart Milan, travel to Genova.
Day 5 In Genova visit Columbus's birthplace, and the Royal Palace.
Day 6 Leave Genova, travel to Florence.
Day 7 In Florence visit the Ricasoli winery, and Dante'sbirthplace.
Day 8 Leave Florence and go back to Rome, go to the fountain of Trevi and make a wish to come back soon.
My visit to Italy schedule

My Favorite meme.

Thank you for stopping by!

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