A More Quiet Place

A More Quiet Place

A man and his blog in Berlin

April 10, 2014
by Fede

Unrollables #1 – Tim

Every time people tell me they’re not able to roll their tongues I ask them to show me.

Literally, every time.

I know it’s silly and I don’t mean to mock them; I just expect this whole thing to turn out to be a joke that the world started playing on the day I was born.

In fact, every time I sincerely expect them to succeed and that never happens.

But I’m done suffering: I’ve decided to turn my frustration into a project. Continue Reading →

April 8, 2014
by Fede

Tori Amos Record Release Party in Berlin

As you may or may not know, Tori Amos is soon releasing a new record called Unrepentant Geraldines (every time I hear the title I automatically think of this blog post. Every. Single. Time. But that’s very Off-Topic, if you ask me).

Tonight she happened to give a Record Release Party in Berlin and I happened to be there.


It was all very mysterious and I didn’t know what to expect. The place was close to Volksbuehne (one of the coolest venues in Berlin) and – even only by the name – it sounded upclass. So upclass that this morning I borrowed stole my boyfriend’s shoes just to be sure they’d let me in.

The fact I went by myself annoyed me just until I found nice interesting people to talk to the bar. When the waiter asked me what I wanted my tongue refrained from automatically replying “a glass of water. Tap” and my highly analytical mind noticed that none of the people standing in front of me had extracted their wallet. It could mean only one thing.

- A Glass of red wine, please

- Oh, I’m so sorry, I made it too full.

- LOL. Right. See you in five.


I am not used to free booze, honestly; I’m used to places where you can have VERY CHEAP booze, but the difference is gigantic. Continue Reading →

April 1, 2014
by Fede

10 reasons why Barcelona is better than your city

Yes, I know what you’re thinking.

You’re thinking: WUT?! Is he a travel blogger now?! When did that happen?

As a matter of fact, when I started this blog I wanted it to be massively about travels (seen my posts about Bremen and Turkey already?) but then realized that

A- I don’t have money to travel
B- I’m too anxious about flying to do it often
C- I’m a lazy bum.

Still. Sometimes the planets align and I go places. Posts come out of it.

1) Because of the new, exciting job opportunities

Obama said he’s planning on creating new jobs, but I doubt they’re going to be AS new and outstanding as the Spanish ones.
See, in Barcelona they took outdated professions such as alchemists badgers jesters ninjas and managed to recycle them into new positions that are actually useful to society.

ninjas Continue Reading →

March 28, 2014
by Fede

A March Mixtape


la tarma – la bellezza delle cose

What if the beauty of things got suddenly erased?

It’s hard to figure out whether this young songwriter‘s mission is to create beauty or to erase it. Inside her music you can find so many traditional(ly beautiful) melodic elements that have been distorted, twisted, made dirty.

This song, above all the others in the record, sounds like a struggle between old and new, taught and discovered, imposed and conquered; and we do like struggling personalities, don’t we?

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March 22, 2014
by Fede
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Stephen: Hey, did you have posters on your bedroom walls when you were a teenager?

Me: Well, some. It’s kind of embarrassing, so you’ll have to tell me yours afterwards.

Stephen: Deal.

Me: Ok, I had two big posters of Amelie and Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Stephen: …

Me: Oh, and one of The Matrix.

Stephen: …

Me: Ok, also an Alanis Morissette one, but small. Your turn.

Stephen: I had pictures of space.


have a great weekend y’all

stephen flips the bird

March 17, 2014
by Fede

When They Look at Us

Do you ever wonder how people perceive your relationships?

Sometimes I meet couples that look like a match made in heaven and they end up lasting less than the season of a British tv series.

And then there’s times in which I think the members of the couple have too strong personalities/too few in common/too different lifestyles to really have a future together, but inexplicably everything works out fine, happily ever after and all.

So I’ve been wondering for some time what’s the image that Stephen and me project to the outside world when we’re together and I think I finally found the answer.

I was going through the pictures of our recent trip to Barcelona and it struck me: clearly, what people see when they look at us is

a cute hipster and his mentally ill cousin.

Here’s why:

barcelona arc de triompf

Barcelona – Arc de triompf

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March 13, 2014
by Fede

Frozen: the story behind the story

If you’re under the age of 16 you don’t wanna read this post.
If you’re an adult owning a Barbie collection, you don’t wanna read this post.
If you set a Google Alert that notifies you whenever a new Harry Potter erotic fanfic comes out, you probably wanna keep reading this.


Have you all seen Disney’s latest animated movie Frozen?

I think one of the reasons why it was so successful is that it managed to target wisely both the usual young audience and the adult one.

If on a surface level we had a story about magical powers and family values, in fact, hidden under its thick ice we find in Frozen a tale about acceptance horniness and  need, something we can all relate to.



Anna and Elsa are two sisters living in a scandinavian castle with their disgustingly rich parents. Since there’s no other kid around and when you’re rich you don’t really need an education, their main activities are singing to one another and building snowmen. At age 5 Elsa finds out she has the ability to create snow and freeze everything around her is a lesbian. She has wet dreams about her sister but knows Anna doesn’t feel the same way, therefore she just locks herself in her room and listens to Ani DiFranco. Continue Reading →