This was/is Halloween

I absolutely love the story of Halloween, the pagan origin of the festivity, the dark side of it, the link to the unknown. In the first couple of years I spent in Ireland, I enjoyed dressing up, and I would still love to do it if a party should come up. Here in Galway, the…

Galway Arts Festival 2018

Galway, city of festivals. It still amazes me how many festivals are organised in this relatively small city throughout the year. Amazing is also the level of quality and variety that they boast. You always have the feeling that what you see is something beautiful and so simple at the same time. You can clearly…

Types of blog I love

In my last post, I answered two of the main questions I’m asked about blogging: why do you blog? Is it not too personal? As I promised there, here I would like to list some topics I like to read about in other blogs. I’m not going to list specific blogs, but rather summarise on…

“Why do you blog?”

A couple of people recently came to me with the same questions: “Why do you blog? Is it not too personal?” I started thinking about the reasons why I write and share some of my personal experiences and thoughts and feelings both with people I know and also with a huge potential number of complete…

See you soon, Rome!

In my last post I left you some thoughts about my little holiday in Rome. In the first place, why Rome? And why now? (I would never go to Italy in full summer – because of the heat and touristic season) Mr J and I were in a pub on his birthday last January, and…

Roman roamings

Two weeks ago (already?!), Mr J and I went to Rome, where we spent 5 days. We found this B&B at Piramide, about a 20 minutes walk from the Colosseum. The room was on the terrace of an apartment on the 9th floor, with direct access to a nice little terrace bordered with jasmine plants,…

A refreshing day

First day of fresh air after weeks of horrible heat, and I start functioning again. My life was in stand-by mode for a while. Too long, actually. (Apart from the 5 most fantastic days spent in Rome with Mr J. I’ll tell you again about it) Recently, I don’t know exactly how and why, I…

Interview & changes

Recently, the Italian expat website “Voglio Vivere Così” interviewed me. They asked me interesting questions about my move to Ireland and my life here. Between the time of the interview and the publishing, a few months passed. I was thinking of how many things have changed in this couple of months. For example, I had…

Priorities

A while ago, Mr J gave me the little bottle in the picture. He had found it by the sea, and he was sure it was a very old ink bottle. I thought it could be anything, and also very new, since the sea makes everything look old so easily. But no, it was certainly…

My Italian non-holiday

As every expat knows, going back to the place we come from, visiting friends and family, is never a holiday. It’s rather a way to notice changes, about ourselves and the people we know and live far from us. As I usually do when I come back home after about a week of this kind…