This was/is Halloween

I absolutely love the story of Halloween, the pagan origin of the festivity, the dark side of it, the link to the unknown. In the first couple of years I spent in Ireland, I enjoyed dressing up, and I would still love to do it if a party should come up. Here in Galway, the…

Types of blog I love

In my last post, I answered two of the main questions I’m asked about blogging: why do you blog? Is it not too personal? As I promised there, here I would like to list some topics I like to read about in other blogs. I’m not going to list specific blogs, but rather summarise on…

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…

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…

56/56 Tis the day

A recap on my eviction journey. Today was the deadline to leave the old house. As you could see reading this journal, it took way less to find a new place. This was due to a mix of anxiety, adaptability, luck, and collaboration between me and my housemate. How am I feeling now? Well, let’s…

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…

17/56 To risk or not to risk?

I have left a bit of suspence yesterday. I was silent, and today I can talk again. We got a new accommodation!!! As it usually happens, all buses were passing at the same time yesterday for me and my housemate. We had a perfect house landlord who had to choose by today between us and…

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…

13/56 Keeping my beautiful cool demeanour

I remember when I got my first job in Dublin, and I didn’t like it at all. On the first day, I left the office in tears, feeling depressed and in a totally uncomfortable zone. Then I got into the working routine. I still didn’t like it, but things had turned quite decent. Once, at…

12/56 From house to home, and back

When you decide to change your lifestyle, then you achieve that goal, and get used to it, it’s not easy to go back to what was before. This is what is happening to me. I got used to live on my own, to have my spaces, to do things at my rythm, to listen only…