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 complex products of my brain activity are something along the lines of: “Look, a snail!”, or -blank-, or “Stay on it” It is not uncommon for me to be so fatigued that I lose count of the number of repeats or intervals I’m running. Sometimes I count up to 300 just to get through a rough patch (usually a long … 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
Here comes a handy list. Run your marathon first, move second. You will have plenty more time to devote to moving than you would otherwise! Walking and carrying heavy stuff will not sound appealing to you, but it will help … Continue reading Moving: a survival guide
In my previous article on my personal PFAP, I told you a little bit about about what life is like for the interpreters during the European Parliament Plenary session in Strasbourg. Now, since the article was well received and I … Continue reading What do you do in there? How an EP committee meeting works
by Francesco Combining the passion for running and the passion for languages: mission possible. In my experience at least. The thing about running is that it requires time. A lot of time. And you need ways to get entertained, because … Continue reading Running and Learning: Why not?
When I was little I dreamed of becoming an interpreter. And not just any interpreter: I wanted to grow up and be a Conference-Interpreter-Who-Works-For-The-Parliament. One might argue that that is ordinary, as I wanted to be just like my mum. The only thing that sets me apart is that… well, I never changed my mind. Twenty years after I made that resolution I became what I dreamed of becoming. But growing up I never expected that I would get married at 27 years of age get married to a fellow Italian and – God forbid! – a colleague! And yet, … Continue reading When you just know… this was your husband’s console
Ever wondered what the life of an interpreter looks like on a plenary session in Strasbourg? If not, who let you into an interpreting school?! Just kidding… maybe. I’m writing this post because when I was a student I would … Continue reading The glam life of Strasbourg – plenary week