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…

Interview & changes

Recently, the Italian expat website “Voglio Vivere Così” interviewed me. They asked me interesting questions about my move to Ireland and my life here. Between the time of the interview and the publishing, a few months passed. I was thinking of how many things have changed in this couple of months. For example, I had…

Priorities

A while ago, Mr J gave me the little bottle in the picture. He had found it by the sea, and he was sure it was a very old ink bottle. I thought it could be anything, and also very new, since the sea makes everything look old so easily. But no, it was certainly…

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…

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…

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,…

25/56 Moved – and giveaway winner

Couldn’t keep up with my journal in the last few days because I was living in between the old and the new place, and the internet had already been moved. We finished moving yesterday, thanks to all the beautiful people who helped me. And I’m writing on an empty stomach, since I couldn’t go shopping…

8/56 Blaming and bla bla bla

I remember when I moved to Ireland and was looking for a job. I only knew I wanted to stay here, so I was looking for any type of job. Every restaurant, shop, website, had my resume. The only thing missing was experience. I had never worked before in my life, except from baby-sitting maybe….

6/56 Oops, I forgot myself

Yesterday, on my most lazy day, I realized that for just a few days I had forgotten about my good habits, and my body and mind where reminding me of that. I felt confused of course, without any energy, feeling fatter already, my back was starting to ache again, my stomach got cramps, and had…

4/56 Being philosophical about it

Today I just took my time to relax and mainly slept all day. In my waking hours, I had some crazy thinking of course, now that all the possibilities are opened to me, and have to ponder all of them. I thought again about what a couple of people told me 4 days ago, upon…