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…

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…

My Women’s day

I never liked festivities or recurrent dates during the year. Not because they are fake or commercial, but because I hate when somebody tells me why I should celebrate something. I even have difficulties with birthdays. Anyway, on this women’s day, I spent a few minutes thinking about myself, like an assessment of who I…

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…

Befana vs Little Christmas

The 6th of January is an interesting date in both Ireland and Italy. It surely marks the end of the Christmas season, and I think it’s time for me too to put aside the decorations that this year I particularly enjoyed. Why is this day special? Let’s start from Ireland. Here, the feast of the…

No New Year’s resolutions?

Hard to believe that 2017 is almost over. At this time last year I was thinking of my new New Year’s resolutions, but this time I decided to do the opposite. I’m thinking back, to what I did with my 2017 resolutions. I realised that I have managed to turn some of them into habits,…

#loseaminute

Since when I left Italy and started living and working in Ireland, my mind expanded and my old thinking patterns shrank. What do I mean by that? Well, first of all, that human beings get used to better life quality and tend to consider it normal. But we never forget what was before, and why…

Once upon a September

Here again with another monthly “best of”. Hard to believe the year is flowing away so fast! I have no doubts about the highlight for this month: my sister Irene came to Galway. She is going to stay with me for 6 weeks, while attending an English language course. I started perceiving a mix of…

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…

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…