18/56 Home & Neighbours

Most of what made it so enjoyable living in this house, was the relationship with my neighbours. This home is part of a block of 5 houses, all sharing the same back garden. I wouldn’t meet any neighbours during winter, but summer turned the garden into a friendly meeting point. I remember when I moved…

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…

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…

Every Irish sings

This is a little story about music. This is a little story about Irish people and music. I was in a small beautiful town here in Ireland, Ballina, at the Salmon Festival last summer, and at the end of a cheerful day I ended up in the beer garden of a pub with a bunch…

Waiting for a sign

Why is it so hard to say: the moment is now? Why is it so difficult to say: I’ll just try it now! I think we are all so used to think about the future, always brighter than our present. It covers all the lights that shine on our now, along with all our eyesight…

Travelling with new friends

Last month I spent a weekend in Amsterdam with two new friends of mine. “New friends” in this case means two girls I met by chance in Galway last January, with whom I kept in touch. They came back visiting recently, and asked me if I wanted to join them in their trip to the…

When a place chooses you

Nonostante “sempre” e “mai” siano le due parole che odio di più al mondo, ammetto di aver sempre pensato che non sarei mai stata in grado anche solo di immaginare la mia vita solo in un punto esatto del mondo. Sognavo di vivere qualche anno in una città, e poi spostarmi per un altro po’, e…

When parents visit their expat daughter

When parents go to visit their daughter who lives abroad, there are some expectations and fears from both sides. Parents hope their child lives in a nice place, a nice house, surrounded by very nice people. They are afraid (considering their daughter lives in Ireland) of finding out she adapted to live in a shanty,…