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…

Insomnia

In the last couple of weeks I have been suffering from a very bad form of insomnia. I have never really slept well since I moved to this new apartment, but it became worse and worse. I remember experiencing something like this only once before, 4 years ago, before I left Italy. Last week, I…

32/56 Snow days

This couple of snow days have been a blessing. I don’t like snow at all, but I have to admit this time I have to thank it. Even though I risk to get something broken every time I leave home, or even though now everything will turn into grey slush. Last Sunday, February 25th, I officially…

Sherry trifle & a shy turkey

This year I decided not to go back to Italy for Christmas. Instead, I spent it with Mr J and his family. One of his sisters had arranged the renting of a holiday home close to the beach of Enniscrone, and we went there for dinner three times in a row! First of all, I…

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…

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…

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…

Take pics like a pro, in Ireland

Happy Thursday! For today I have decided to put together a photo album using the pics I’ve taken in my touristy weekend with my friend last week. I have to say, taking very nice pics in Ireland is way too easy! Moonily Yours, Serena *** Buon Giovedì! Oggi ho pensato di mettere insieme un mini…