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.
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.
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.