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  • Italy travelblog: Touring OU's monastery

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Buon giorno. One final day in Arezzo on Monday, and we got a special treat. A tour of the monastery that OU bought a couple of years ago and is renovating to house its study-abroad program. Otherwise, we just walked around, enjoying an ancient city before our Tuesday train ride back to Rome....

  • Italy travelblog: Glad to be home

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Good morning. Buon giorno and arrivederci are in the rearview mirror. I’m back home. Went through customs at Detroit’s Metro Airport and heard a nice refrain over the loudspeaker: “Welcome to the United States.” I enjoyed Italy. But I’m glad to be back. Glad to be in America. Glad to be...

  • Italy travelblog: Arrivederci, Roma

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

      Buon giorno. “Arrivederci Roma; goodbye, goodbye to Rome. “City of a million moonlit places, city of a million warm embraces, where I found the one of all the faces far from home. “Arrivederci Roma, it’s time for us to part. Save the wedding bells for my returning, keep my...

  • Italy travelblog: Cooking under the Tuscan sun

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Buon giorno. We had spent two days in Arezzo, but Sunday, we finally experienced Tuscany. The Tuscany you think about when you hear the word. The countryside. Charming villas. An ancient village. We took a short train ride to Camucia, then a taxi up the mountain to Cortona and finally took a taxi...

  • Italy travelblog: Antiques in antiquity

    Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

      Buon giorno. Uh-oh. Our Italian adventure turned a little serious Saturday. All our guides are gone. Jim and Julie Sluss went over to the ocean for the weekend. Theresa Marks and the Bulls left Arezzo in the afternoon on the train for Rome, headed home. The Dish and I are without adult...

  • Italy travelblog: 4th of July in the ancient city of Arezzo

    Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Buon giorno. Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays. Probably ranks second, behind only Thanksgiving. I love the Fourth of July. We have a neighborhood parade in the morning, we usually have a family gathering in the evening and fireworks of some kind emerge after dusk. But I’ve never...

  • Italy travelblog: We interrupt this trip to drive a Ferrari

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    Buon giorno. On Thursday, we interrupted several days of intense immersion into Italian culture. No centuries-old artwork. No historical city tours. No ruminations on how Italians used to live and still do because of it. Instead, we jumped into a little modern Italian phenomenon. From the Sistene...

  • Italy travelblog: A gondola ride ends a day without wheels

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    Buon giorno.  Our two days in Venice are over. Quite a place. My description of our trip to Italy so far is this. I loved Rome. I found Venice fascinating. Our second day in Venice included a gondola ride, which is something every person should get to do once, and a whole lot of boat […]


Berry Tramel


Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist.

Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma City Times, the Norman Transcript and the Oklahoma Journal — and entered the newspaper business at the age of 17, with the Transcript in 1978. His first game assignment was the Lexington-Elmore City high school football game, and he has enjoyed the journey ever since, from high school wrestling duals and regional track meets to Orange Bowls and the NBA playoffs.

Tramel was born and raised in Norman, Okla. He and his wife, Tricia, were married in 1980 and live in Norman near their daughter, son-in-law and three granddaughters.

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