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I keep calm admiring your lava. Not. – a post about Iceland

September 27, 2014 by Fede | 0 comments

I have to say that I admire people who can stay calm in front of emergencies.

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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.

Embarrassing.

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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The Parent (Jocks)Trap

September 8, 2014 by Fede | 2 Comments

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.

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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 →

It’s my party and I abruptly quit my job if I want to

September 1, 2014 by Fede | 8 Comments

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

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The day I considered a career change and researched hairdressers specialized in horses

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The Leftovers: theme sequence finally explained

August 30, 2014 by Fede | 0 comments

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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Catherine B – We Children of Alexa’s Food Court

August 18, 2014 by Fede | 5 Comments

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.

 

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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
by Fede
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A July Mixtape

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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.

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July 17, 2014
by Fede
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[concert] Charity Children + Alice Phoebe Lou in Berlin

This – in many senses – was a hot concert.

Charity Children were basically born in Berlin (at least artistically) and even though they’re so young (at least artistically) their loyal following was ready to sell out their Berlin show and occupy Kreuzbergian Club “Lido”.

Which leads to the less metaphorical sense of my first sentence.

Warmest week of the year + No air conditioning + Tons of people = A night (whose smell) I will never forget!

The opener was the shockingly good Alice Phoebe Lou, a young South African singer with a dense voice and good stuff to play.

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Watch out, Charity Children, ’cause you may end up opening her concerts sooner than you think!

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July 2, 2014
by Fede
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Sleepsnacking – An Alarming Trend

The Disorder

The term Sleepsnacking indicates the uncontrollable urge to bolt down junk food while asleep.

Sleepsnackers can be completely unaware of their disease, sometimes for years.

Typical signs that a person might be a sleepsnacker are a subtle taste of chocolate, honey barbecue chips, Ben&Jerry Banana Ice Cream or peanut butter in their mouth upon awakening.

Sometimes even all of the above.

 

The Numbers

According to a Mongolian study, the number of people affected by Sleepsnacking has increased tremendously during the past 10 years and almost doubled itself in only five years.

The trend looks scary and unstoppable.

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Of course if we take out fictional characters like Liz Lemon or Ralph Winchester and anybody who’s not a celebrity (’cause why should we care?) the situation looks under control.

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June 28, 2014
by Fede
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A June Mixtape

It’s been a long month with a crazy weather.

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Here’s what I’ve been listening to:

rooftops – new found land

Over the rooftops and over the city I’m calling your name
With no one else to turn to it’s easier
to stay in a  state of dreaming
Into the forest and down to the harbor I wander alone
My pockets are empty but it’s ok
’cause my heart is full of something close to divine

I won’t let the summer get in the way of my permanent melancholic mood.

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