Even if, as we are told everyday by politicians and scientists through all medias, Coronavirus is not over and we should keep being careful and observe social distancing, it’s safe to say that the worst is behind us. More or less, it’s been a 3 month-long roller coaster, which has drained us physically and emotionally, … Continue reading What Covid-19 has taught me: 5 lessons
What about all the narrative revolving around us living in a globalized world? What about the free circulation of people and not only of goods which made it possible if not normal to make friends and establish relationships abroad, broadening our horizons? What about the discourse telling us we’re citizens of the world? Nobody seems to think about that now.
I am writing sitting on my sofa, outside it’s a sunny, bright and cold day. It’s the third week of my quarantine: I rarely go out, just to throw out the rubbish. I won’t be talking about politics nor about the practical impact of this global crisis. Instead, I will be talking about how I am living these days.
The longest time I have been forced to stay at home was 2 years and a half ago, when after graduating and spending a memorable summer, I found out having contracted mononucleosis. I have clear memories of those never-ending and painful 3 weeks. I alternated boredom to depression to fatigue and pain. Not being able … Continue reading Italy stops. Will we?
Travelling isn't always easy. Living abroad can sometimes be exhausting and hard and make you realize many things about yourself that you didn't know. I have been living in the Netherlands now for more than a year. The longest journey of my life, in terms of length but also of emotional growth.I share with you some of the life lessons I learnt through this long and hard period.
The two biggest differences between Italy and the Netherlands and the hardest ones to adapt to are definitely the weather and people. Thinking about these two dimensions, I believe they are tightly linked and interdependent. In this blog post, I'll try to explain why.
Are Holland and the Netherlands the same thing? What is stamppot? Have you ever heard about hagelslag? Follow me in my Dutch adventure...!
It’s hard to describe the whirlpool of sensations I go through in the moment the plane takes off or when I gaze into the sky from above. It’s hard to put into words how serene I feel and how blank my mind goes when I am above the clouds and all I can see it’s the deep blue sky.
And when I reminisce about all of these experiences I cannot but be happy and surprised about how I managed to deal with those situations, where language becomes a barrier, where culture destroys every concept of familiarity, where you are left alone to deal with uncertainty.
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