Monthly Archives: November 2014

Naples: unearthing the treasure trove (Part II)

It’d be wrong to portray this city only as an idyllic cradle of craftmanship, fine food and mild weather: it is all that, but it’s still a place scarred by neglect, crippled by unemployment and still heavily affected by crime … Continue reading

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Naples: unearthing the treasure trove (Part I)

The cab was a Rénault estate, so old that – had it been a person –  it could’ve legally been allowed to drive. It had about 300,000 km on the odometer and, rather worryingly, wobbly seat belts that wouldn’t tighten … Continue reading

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Britain’s definitely lost it.

Despite all the economic good news, I’ve since long had a feeling that Britain was losing the plot. First you have the cases of hate preachers left undisturbed for years, free to brainwash youngsters into joining IS in Syria or … Continue reading

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Seeing an old friend (four years after and 30,000 ft. from above)

It was the faithful companion of many a sunset in Turin for over six years. We lived always in the same place, a rather nondescript tenament in the southern Santa Rita borough, one of those neighbourhoods that had popped up … Continue reading

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Northerly dispatches – How Bryggen saved me from hypothermia.

Hypothermia is a word describing a situation that everyone familiar with Greek will understand. In a nutshell, your body temperature gets too low, to the level it can no longer sustain life. Now, I won’t go into pretending that, on … Continue reading

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“Chile – Travels in a thin country”, by Sara Wheeler, Abacus

Having spent most of my reading time engrossed in travel literature I think I’m now adequately equipped to put together a brief phenomonology of the writer of this genre that I so much adore. Let’s assume to have a chart, … Continue reading

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Northerly dispatches – where beauty is plentiful

One of the aspects that struck me the most of Bergen was how, just by turning a corner, magnificient views or unexpected panoramas would appear before my eyes. They weren’t by any means signed as “belvedere”, there weren’t any souvenir … Continue reading

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Northerly dispatches – Windows of Bergen

One of my most frequent idiosyncrasies about life in the UK is the state of houses in which the Brits have decided to live in. Cold, dampness are common occurrence; carpets cover every possible surface, prices are absurd and, more … Continue reading

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The greatest journey of them all, or why we do need to explore space.

Today hasn’t been one of my most productive days at work, even for my own standards. The reason for this is quite simple: my mind was away from my job. Away from my desk, even away from this planet. In … Continue reading

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Northerly dispatches: getting to know Bergen.

I love Norway. Of all the Scandinavian countries, Norway is by far and large my favourite. As a history junkie and as a lover of underdogs, I simply adored how it was the Norse who came down from the fjords, … Continue reading

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