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.
What I have concluded, after my second English sojourn, is that all places have a soul, which cannot be experienced or anticipated before actually going and living there for a while. Some places speak louder to our inner selves than others. And we see them, experience them and feel them based on how we feel in that moment of our lives.
“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world” Ludwig Wittgenstein Have you ever come across a word in your language that doesn’t seem to have a direct translation in the others? Thanks to the Internet, it’s possible to find hundreds of them and it’s very interesting and entertaining to browse through them. … Continue reading The untranslatable words you need to know to live a better life
They say that “home” is a feeling and that home is wherever your heart is. And they couldn’t be more right. Personally, I think that this is one of the best feelings in the world, as it results from a mix of positive emotions such as happiness, comfort, love, acceptance, welcoming, simplicity and many more.
After having lived abroad for 3 years, always sharing a house with different people from different cultures, I started noticing some different patterns in behaviour. And that’s quite obvious, you’ll tell me. But there’s something that often go unnoticed: I am talking about the cultural rules regulating conversations.
Dear friends, As anticipated in my previous article, I would like to share with you my first cultural shock. I'll try to focus on how i felt and what kind of thoughts popped up in my head