At the doctor

From what I always hear, one of the most difficult things to get used to for an Italian living abroad is the health system. First of all, we are used to a public health system, where you don’t have to pay for any little thing. Here in Ireland, I had the first heart attack when…

Personal Traditions

When I was in Italy during the Christmas holidays, I bought a book called “Prendiluna”, by Stefano Benni, an Italian author I discovered when I was in college and loved since. A personal tradition of mine came back to my mind, something I had created right at that time: after every exam of my last…

Home before Christmas

“It will happen just when it’s meant to happen”, or “what you are looking for will come at the right time”. You are in a difficult situation, struggling to find a solution to a riddle that life put in front of you, and someone you love says those words. You know they are right. After…

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…