Autumn treats for you!

Even though rain and wind are a constant presence here in Ireland, there is something in the air that marks the transition between seasons. At the end of July, for example, I have noticed a different kind of cold. It was slowly turning from the Atlantic cool summer breeze to the chilly quiet wind. The…

Of cats and mental health

I have adopted two cats (Dora & Juno) within the last year, and I have noticed so many changes in my life during these months. Here is an incomplete list on how cats (any pets, but I have direct experience with the feline) can save your sanity and make your life better: You can talk…

TRAVELLING WITH(OUT) FEAR

Last week I had to travel to Brussels for a work related event. Since that was on a Wednesday, Mr J and I decided to travel to Belgium on a Sunday and enjoy a couple of days in Bruges before my heading for the capital. The day before leaving, I received an official warning email…

Once upon an August

Mr J says I’m hypochondriac. I say that this is quite true, but I became one in the last couple of years or so. Italians living here say that Italian doctors are better. I say that I have experienced the same amount of bad and good both here in Ireland and in Italy. About three…

Of songs, swans and rosemary

Tonight I wanted to tell you about a new little Irish adventure of mine. The location is again Ballina, Mr J’s hometown. I have spent the last week-end here. I could tell you about the lovely walk along the river Moy, coming back just before dark. I think my subconscious was looking for a somewhat…

I’m an island

I have always loved islands. I have always been attracted to them. When I was a child I used to travel every summer with my family to Pantelleria, in Sicily, where my dad comes from. I remember I used to consider this my real home. And my home has now moved to another island: Ireland!…

Once upon a July

Best of July! This is too easy! Two great things happened in July, and both of them made me feel so enthusiastic and deeply serene. The first event was the wedding of my friend Giovanna. I have to say I hate weddings. I don’t like spending time with too many people in a formal occasion…

A pre-“holiday” in Co. Cork

Any expat knows that going back to their original home doesn’t mean they are going on holiday. Travelling to our first country means going temporarily back to our old life, it’s a way to see how this has changed while we were away, how the same habits of familiar people have changed too. This time,…

We are family!

I recently had the chance to think about the concept of family. I am not sure it is something that differs from culture to culture. I rather think that every family is a little unique cosmos. I will never forget one of my best friends’ parents from when I was a child. Her mum or…

Once upon a June!

‘Best of June’ time! June highlight was no doubt my birthday (+28!). It was on a Tuesday, so I went to work as usual and came home to my two feline ladies to a quiet night. My dad, as he does every year, asked me if time to grow up has finally come. Meaning: time…

A day with Fairies & Father Ted

If you ever want to visit Ireland and discover her history, you have to want to believe in fairies. History and magic are so connected, and scepticism is not an option. When I planned a day wandering in lovely lonely fields looking for ring forts and old stones with Mr J, I knew it would…

Expat daughter of Italian parents. How it works

Today I’m going to tell you what is it like to be an expat daughter of Italian parents. Being parents of an Italian expat is not an easy job. They start planning the visit to your new country months in advance, mainly because they have to decide what to store for you in their big…