The 10 days in Italy did me much good. Not only was it a European break, it provided a sort of culture shock bumper for my return to Asia. As many may know, southern Italy is not very much unlike Southeast Asian cities… The constant sunshine making my eyes squint and getting used to sunniesContinue reading “Easing my way back into Asia”
Neapolis, Napoli, Naples. These are the names given to one of Europe’s oldest cities – for which the Italians have the saying, vedi Napoli e puoi muori, that is to see Naples and then die. So if one cannot die without seeing Naples, then last Tuesday I have truly lived. Naples is the city onceContinue reading “See Naples and die”
“What brings you to Positano?” This is the line uttered by Raoul Bova, my Italian sister’s favourite actor in the movie Under The Tuscan Sun (2003). In this scene, he asks his American lover Diane Lane what she is doing turning up in his hometown by surprise. The wonderfully dressed, Vespa-riding Ms Lane remarks, “WhatContinue reading “‘What brings you to Positano?’”
“There is a terrace that overlooks the Bay of Naples, and when the sun sinks slowly into the sea the island of Ischia is silhouetted against a blaze of splendour. It is one of the most lovely sights in the world.” – The Lotus Eater, by William Somerset Maugham
Gelato at L’oasi caffetteria in Benevento 7 Mar: Electrocuted my finger again 9 Mar: Spent 5 minutes trying to say peanut butter in Italian, including a drawing 10 Mar: Stanca di morire 11 Mar: The ice-cream challenge is not working ’cause I’m just too addicted to coffee 12 Mar: Tossing and turning in a RomeContinue reading “Tweets from Italy”
Aunts Christine and Becky in London c.1960 Many have heard of the American Dream, but few have heard of the European Dream. The American Dream for many is the pursuit of freedom and happiness in a land rich in opportunity and resources to achieve a better, richer and fuller life. The European Dream, however, mayContinue reading “The European dream”
no tuna, no caperrs, no onions straccia-whadeverrrr bebek blueberry coke cake virgin pendolino dougie Fischbrötchen Jiřího z Poděbrad light blue soldiers sleepy train rides tai pan sainsbury’s das Nenne ich big bisnes!
The jumbo continental croissants Getting rushed around northern Germany Tea and cakes with Opa and Oma Wading in the ice-cold pool in the hills Industrial Revolution photoshoot outside MOSI John Mayer’s self-esteem speech Station-hopping in Prague Currywurst and fries before the Euro finals Dancing in Petrin Hill £20 John Mayer T-shirt x x x DedicatedContinue reading “European summer”