Sometimes miracles happen.
I’m not referring to incredible things like resurrecting the dead or being able to lick your own elbow, though. Nothing like that. I’m talking about those everyday gestures that surprise you in their simplicity, like a selfless act of kindness coming from someone you don’t expect.
Take my neighbour, for example.
She’s changing the furniture in her flat and instead of throwing everything away she’s decided to donate her old (but still respectable) closet to whoever wants it.
It warms my heart, if I think about it. Continue Reading →
On a regular work day in Berlin I give myself 15 minutes from the time I open my eyes to the time I step out of the house.
If I weren’t in a hurry I’d probably have time to make a coffee and sip it while looking out of the window, although it’s usually too early and too dark to see anything.
If it weren’t dark or early I would then be looking at thick curtains hiding people’s morning routines and makeup sessions, arranged breakfasts and indulged showers from the building opposite to mine.
In Iceland I looked out of the window and saw this.
It totally looks like they’re kissing if you don’t zoom in.
So yeah, Icelandic mornings were generally exciting. The stress of moving and sleeping every night at a different place was plenty compensated by the fact of having breakfast every morning at a different place, even though I always tried to refrain from eating too much ’cause I had a side-mission to accomplish. Continue Reading →
This is not Buzzfeed
. If you wanna take this personality quiz you’re going to need a piece of paper and a pencil to note down your answers, like real men (and women!) do. If you’re a lazy bum, just go on Buzzfeed and find out if you’re a bad person
(which you are, if you’re leaving this page).
I recently found out that my boyfriend has never seen Dirty Dancing and a part of me died forever.
The only thing I can do is honoring this undiscussable masterpiece and its protagonist with a quiz.
Can you lick your elbow?
A) I cannot. I’m a failure.
B) Nothing’s impossible. Believe in your dreams.
C) Sure! Haven’t you seen my latest Facebook Album?
D) No, but I can lick yours if you let me
You run into that boy you have a crush on. You:
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I have to say that I admire people who can stay calm in front of emergencies.
Unfortunately I am not Bjork and my feelings before leaving for Iceland – given the latest news – were swaying between “we’ll never be able to get there” to “we’ll get there and die”.
Plus, of course, the fear of flying I’ve already written about.
Getting our rented car at Reykjavik airport was a walk in the park and when the incredibly blonde guy handing us the keys asked if we had any questions, we were pretty confident we hadn’t any.
After all we got the full-mega-expensive insurance and did research on how to change a flat tire before leaving. What else could possibly be missing? I’ll tell you what: I didn’t quite remember how to make the car go in reverse. I could see the R letter on the shift, in the right corner, but the shift itself would insistently refuse to go there.
After a dozen failed attempts inside the parked car I figured out the trick (without any external help! Self high five!) and we could finally put ourselves on the road.
Just in time to see this:
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It’s time for me to come clean before my mom leaks this on the internet.
The Parent Trap was by far my favourite movie as a kid.
In case you don’t know it, the story is about two twin sisters separated at young age (one lives with her dad, one with her mom) who meet for the first time at a summer camp and develop a plan to reunite their parents.
I know, in retrospective the Italian title (The cowboy with the pink veil – WTF!) doesn’t make much sense and the premise of the movie should be illegal (The Everywhereist said it best).
I guess the fascinating thing for me while growing up was the idea of finding someone who is exactly like you, speaks like you, looks like you and with whom you find to have an immediate indissoluble bond. Continue Reading →
There’s no excuse for my hair in this picture.
More to the point: August isn’t the month of new exciting releases and I do love rummaging the internet for covers of my favourite songs.
overlap – ani difranco
she plays beautifully and she gets the song, I can tell
samson – regina spektor Continue Reading →
Two weeks ago I turned 30.
Also, I quit my job. Not on the exact same day and not without having a plan B (FYI: I’m now working for Shopalike.it – YAY!), but it did nevertheless feel sudden and unsettling.
Over time the company changed names, faces, direction and pretty much everything you can think of, but I worked there for almost four years (way longer than my longest relationship!) and leaving was bittersweet.
What happened is that I got interviewed, was given the new job, resigned and BAM – two weeks later I was out of the door.
Since I haven’t had the time to properly mourn, I decided to write this post. It’s about the weirdest stuff I found on my very messy Desktop on my last day at the old job.
It feels like the boring flashback episode of a 90s sit-com, but what can you do about it?
A thoughtful (and creepy) Valentine’s Day Card
The day I considered a career change and researched hairdressers specialized in horses
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Not only episode 9 of popular tv show The Leftovers finally started giving away some answers, but just a handful of days after its airing date new revelations emerged on the internet.
A series of leaked images (supposedly belonging to Damon Lindelof himself) started circulating in fan forums and seems to throw some light on the mysterious theme sequence of the show.
Let the speculation start!
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In the beginning was Kreuzberg.
With its cozy restaurants, hipster cafés and mandatory vegetarian alternatives, this district of Berlin was the garden of Eden of lunch opportunities and thus a perfect location for any office. With an infinite range of healthy options, doing the right thing always came natural to me and my co-workers.
Moving to Mitte, right after that, was the real game changer. Whilst this district can seduce you with its neat streets and beautiful buildings, some parts of it don’t make the hunt for food an enjoyable process. On our first day at the new office, me and my friend Catherine wandered through a desert of hot concrete and pretty facades in search of something to eat.
We felt like Jesus: hungry, fatigued and about to be tested in the Wilderness.
After 40 days and 40 nights (actually we have a 1 hour lunch break, so it must have been 10 minutes) the devil appeared in front of us in all its
tempting charme disputable architectural choices.
Alexa, one of the biggest malls in Berlin, whispered in our ears promises of high-in-carbs delicious lunches. We knew our diet was being tested and remembered that when Satan offered Jesus all the kingdoms of the World and their splendor, J was like “I’m fine, thanks.”.
Of course the “splendor” part couldn’t possibly include air conditioning, frozen yogurt or 20 minutes on an armchair that gives you a full body massage. And above all, it certainly didn’t include a food court. Continue Reading →
July 26, 2014
I haven’t listened to a lot of new stuff in July.
provincia – bronson
Lara Martelli is back with a bold confessional song about the reality she’s trapped in as an artist.
everything works – miracle fortress
This is the song I will think of when remembering 2014. Even though it was released ages ago.
take me to church – sinead o’connor Continue Reading →