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…

33/56 Friendly words

Sometimes, during tough times, people who you think are far from you and your experiences, can surprise you with just a sentence. Sometimes the most simple thing can be the most powerful. The most powerful words are the ones that hit the target without having being uttered with any intention. A couple of weeks ago,…

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…

15/56 Love & absence

I thought of writing a love post today, on Valentine’s day. It will be a post still related to this rent eviction experience, of course. Let’s start saying that Mr J and I obviously don’t live together, and usually meet at the weekend. It’s now been at least 3 weeks (if not more) since the…

14/56 Too much empathy

One of the things that this experience is teaching me, is that too much empathy is not good. At first, I worried for me and all the other neighbours in my situation. Really imagining their thughts, their stress, their worries. Then I found the two potential housemates, and I was worried because one of the…

#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…

October’s resolutions

I must have mistaken October for January, or autumn for spring. I feel so much energy and focus towards new things, and the tendency to draft new resolutions. The changing Irish weather must have messed up my habits, and I’m quite liking it! My two new resolutions, which already turned into plans and just about…

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…

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!…

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…