If you live in a big city, you know that moving around can be tricky. You can have a car, but traffic jams and parking-hunts can be exhausting. You can have a bike, but hills, rain, bike thieves and crazy … Continue reading Running late? Juice that Lime!
When I was an interpreting student, I had many expectations, as well as many fears. Some of them turned out to be real. Others were either exaggerated, unjustified, or plainly wrong. But perhaps the most surprising aspect was that there are so many things that I didn’t anticipate. As an interpreting student, I was always trying to have a sneak peek into what a “real interpreter’s life” was like. It might sound naive: just grab an interpreter and ask them, right?! Well, it’s not that easy. Working as an Italian A is very different from working as an English A. … Continue reading 6 things I wish I knew about working as an interpreter (for real)
“Yes, we went out for a walk and saw a blue elephant in the middle of the square. Did you notice it?” At this sentence, Chiara’s mum and sister look at us asking if we were feeling allright. Nevertheless, it … Continue reading Look, a blue elephant!
I am a summer person. But as a runner, I’ve learnt to appreciate the crisp Autumn mornings, and even I, the lover of warm weather, concede that September light is the most beautiful light of the year. Strasbourg is my … Continue reading Autumn in Brussels – farmers’ market!
This year we have had shorter holidays than usual, and in the end we decided to spend our three weeks off with our families and our friends, which we rarely get to see, instead of going somewhere else. We are … Continue reading Val di Fiemme, aka heaven on earth
When I am running I often find myself oscillating between two extremes. I am either completely unable to think, or I ponder the meaning of life. In the first case scenario, my thinking ability is severely impaired, and the most … Continue reading Deep, deep thoughts… Oh look, a snail!
I am a planner. I have always been a planner: I cherish my diary, I love lists, I like to organise everything, I like to check boxes. That approach works for me, and it can be applied both to big … Continue reading Night ramble – on hope, risks, lists and love
Sometimes life gets in the way. As much as we like to think we are tough cookies and that nothing can get in our way, sometimes we just have to accept that we cannot always be focused on our goals and shut out all other things. Stress takes a toll. Sadness takes a toll. Things that are out of our control take a toll. Sunday is long run day. Long runs are always hard for me, physically and especially mentally. I know that, but I usually do not allow myself to have too many doubts before I get out of … Continue reading Sunday long run and life getting in the way
Happy belated Easter to you all! This year we celebrated a very happy… Christmas 😛 We are indeed in the most stunning place, but it snowed for real. We did have Easter eggs, Easter bunnies, and all the Easter things, … Continue reading Happy belated Easter!
In my last post I shared with you my best advice on how to survive moving to a new place. I also mentioned that having food ready in the freezer can potentially save your life (mainly by avoiding getting hangry and causing a diplomatic incident). So here comes one excellent recipe that lends itself very well to freezing. Cook them first as instructed, let them cool and freeze. When it’s time to eat, just take them out of the freezer and reheat in the microwave. Dinner’s ready! Chickpea-and-fish meatless meatballs 1 can drained chickpeas 200 g tinned tunafish 30 g … Continue reading Chickpea-and-fish meatless meatballs