Tag: #italy

Paying for your tears

“It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it’s called Life.”― Terry Pratchett, The Last Continent Another Sunday. Another Sunday starting and ending exactly in the same way as all Sundays in the last year. Boring, I know, but it is when you are bored that all sorts…

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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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The (semi)circle of life

“As long as Man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never know healthor peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seedof murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.” attribution to Pythagoras by Ovid 19th century: Charles Darwin…

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Of druids, sins and pasta

“Through singing, opera must make you weep, shudder, die.”- Vincenzo Bellini Today we are in Catania,  the second largest city in Sicily after Palermo, famous for her majestic location at the foot of Mount Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Curiosity #1: The word Etna comes from the Greek αἴθω (aithō), meaning “I burn” Curiosity…

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The heart has its reasons

“The heart has its reasons, which reason does not know. We feel it in a thousand things. ” I love summer in the UK, it is my favourite week of the year: the sun shines fiercely, the temperatures soar, life seems a little bit easier. The thing is, it is unbelievably hot. And I really mean unbelievably: during those days…

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Love actually

“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy,…

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Rice, meet ragù

Sicily is the Queen of the Mediterranean sea: she is there, in her all glory, kissed by the waves and hugged by the sunshine. She is majestic, with her natural gifts like Mount Etna or the Aolian islands – and like the most beautiful women, her history makes her even more charming: the Valley of…

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Love your discard

I have got a confession to make: I am one of those people that made sourdough during the lockdown. Actually, I became obsessed with it, and I tried to follow as many recipes as possible with my lovely starter: pizza, bread, pancakes, pretzel; you name it, I have probably done it (hundreds of times, with…

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Tiramisu and its dirty secrets

Who knew that the key for paradise were a few ingredients and a brothel? Very random, isn’t it? Savoiardi, mascarpone, eggs, coffee: this is what comes to mind when thinking about Tiramisu. What the majority of non-italian speakers dont know, is that its name literally translates as “pick me up”. It is a curious name…

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