Author: Jordan McCord

Jordan McCord studied abroad at Syracuse University in Florence in 2008. She returned to Italy to live in 2015. She now works as a writer and teacher in Rome.
June 26, 2019

Reconnecting with my Florentine host mother

    She was calling my name when I got off the train in Umbria. A well-dressed woman in her seventies, a little hunched over, with celeste-colored eye shadow and a bright green handbag, emerged from the crowd on the platform. “Jordan! Jordan!” she continued at the air.     She was visibly fatigued from her […]
January 15, 2009

To market, to market

Where in Florence can you purchase a vintage scarf, sample local cuisine, chat up a local and perhaps find a bargain or two? Varying not only in products but size, location and schedule, Florence's outdoor markets are a great way to experience the cultural wonders of the city.  
November 13, 2008


The ballots have been cast, history has been made: Obama is the president-elect. The Democratic Party takes over again after eight years, and Americans find themselves on the brink of a new administration.   Cambiamento. Change. For Italians, the word goes hand in hand with the mention of Barack
October 16, 2008

Autumn salumi toscani

Fall is upon us. The sweltering heat is long gone, the mosquitoes have calmed down and leather jackets are everywhere. More importantly though, this change in season brings its particular delights of Tuscan cuisine.   With the dawn of colder weather, we often crave food that is rich, comforting and