Spain coast to coast

Well, it seems that my life is going back to normal after a month of holidays/relocation from Dublin. I arrived to  Barcelona two weeks  ago and I've been so busy since then: I spent three days going around the whole city to view rooms to rent, then I had to sit the entry exam for a course on Textile Printing I want to attend this year (and I passed, yay!) and of course I had a pile of boxes to unpack. Anyway I managed to spend some time just wandering around and enjoying the last days of summer.Before I came to Barcelona I... [Lire la suite]
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Sunny days and no internet

I am now in Spain, enjoying a real summer with high temperatures, picnics and trips to the beach. I don’t have an internet connection at the moment, so regular blogging will be difficult in the next weeks. As soon as I have my own place and proper internet access I’ll blog about these beautiful holidays. Today, just a few pictures of a picnic by the lake not far from here.
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Goodbye Dublin, goodbye Ireland

Only two days to go! As a farewell to Dublin and Ireland I've put together a list of the nicest places and things I've come across in the last three years. You can check them on THIS MAP  too (with pictures!). The list is very limited, unfortunately I haven't been to all the places I wanted to visit and among the ones I visited there are some I can't name or place on a map... It is clear that I need to come back! ;-) But in any case, living here and travelling around was an unforgettable experience... Ok, let's go to the list... [Lire la suite]
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On the move, again

Great, great news... I'm moving to Barcelona! This is my last week in Dublin, where I lived for the last three years. I am very busy planning the move and organizing my things (they seem to multiply magically when you start packing!) I don't know very well how to feel about going back to my own country. Before I came to Ireland I lived in Italy, and somehow in the last years I got used to being a foreigner. I wonder if my ability to adapt that worked so well in foreign countries will be equally efficient now that I'm going back... [Lire la suite]
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A golden tag

Last week I was busy helping Elaine with the gilding of her very luxurious bed. We had a great time and she took advantage of it to TAG me :-)So... Five favorite songs- Se telefonando (Ennio Morricone, sung by Mina)- Insieme a te non ci stò più (Paolo Conte, in Franco Battiato's version)- Im Abendrot (from the Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss)- Erstarrung (from Winterreise by Franz Schubert)- Nie ma ciebie (a version of Ederlezi by Goran Bregovic and Kaja)Five favorite films- Fanny and Alexander by Ingmar Bergman- Bananas by... [Lire la suite]
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Souvenir de Freiburg: a mini shopping guide

During my recent trip to Freiburg I spent most of the time walking around and I discovered really nice shops. I started writing down the addresses as a reminder to myself but then I thought that it would be a good idea to share my experience on the blog, so I put together this little shopping guide and map. It is based on my interests, so most of the shops mentioned are art/craft related. It was a pleasure to go exploring around the relaxed, car-free city centre on a summer day and browse all these shops. It made me very envious too:... [Lire la suite]
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Souvenir de Freiburg (part 5)

Selected Freiburgers:
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Souvenir de Freiburg (part 4)

Walking around Freiburg and discovering pattern and texture:
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Souvenir de Freiburg (part 3)

Apart from being very green city Freiburg has a special relationship with water. It just seems to flow everywhere. They have a river (the Dreisam) and a canalization of it along the old town, several public fountains of drinking water and what is most carachteristic, the Freiburg Baechle, a system of small canals on the side of the street which is present in all the city centre. In a warm day you can see half naked children and dogs playing, bathing and splashing in them, and a few adults cooling their feet in them too. By the way, it... [Lire la suite]
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Souvenir de Freiburg (part 2)

Freiburg is one of the greenest cities I've ever seen. Of course the fact of being in the Black Forest it's a good starting point, but all over the city you can see how they have taken care of this aspect. They have several city parks, many houses have nice front gardens, nearly every street has trees on both sides and there is a lot of vertical green too: flowers hang from balconies, facades have climbing plants and in a few streets in the city centre wisteria plants make a green pergola over... [Lire la suite]
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