Medusa

“At certain moments I felt that the entire world was turning into stone: a slow petrification, more or less advanced depending on people and places but one that spared no aspect of life. It was as if no one could escape the inexorable stare of Medusa”.-Italo Calvino You are walking in a small city in…

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Love conquers all

“Amor vincit omnia, et nos cedamus amori” (Love conquers all things, so we too shall yield to love) – Virgil, Eclogues Every year, around the beginning of February, love is everywhere: to quote one of my favourite movies “love actually is all around”. You want to order a burger? Valentine’s deal! Looking for your favourite deodorant?…

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Cheesecage?

“Montalbano felt moved. This was real friendship, Sicilian friendship, the kind based on intuition, on what was left unsaid. With a true friend, one never needs to ask, because the other understands on his own accordingly.” Andrea Camilleri, The Snack Thief Salvo Montalbano is a fictional detective created by the genius of Andrea Camilleri, a Sicilian…

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My 2cents on dreams

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”—Walt Disney “Where there is a will, there is a way”-Pauline Kael “Impossible is Nothing”-Muhammad Ali I have been thinking about writing this post for a while. As you might be aware, at the end of last year I decided to create my own advent calendar, to…

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The last artichoke

-Have you got them? -Not yet, but I spoke to my guy – by the time you get here, they will be in my bag -How can you be so sure? It is not the first time he lets me down -He said he will have them, just be patient and enjoy your flight -does…

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The taste of the sea

South of Italy, August. It is 23:30, the temperature isn’t even considering to drop, it is too hot to go to sleep. You live in a small city, and your friends live 5 minutes away from you. You have two options: Stick your head in the fridge, hoping to fall asleep while enjoying the fake…

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To making mistakes

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something. So that’s my wish for you, and…

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Something red, something tasty

“There are some things, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.” ― Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic When it comes to following traditions, Italy takes…

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