Hope

“When day comes, we ask ourselves where can we find light in this never-ending shade?”

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The Flourishing of Home Delivery Businesses

With the closure of regular restaurants because of COVID there is a flourishing of Take-Out, Home-Delivery and the like. What was once a novelty and an extravagant way of life for most Italians, now it is a de facto thing! The choices are plentiful!  Pizza, which it was always a Take-Out thing, but now one can […]

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Italian Politics

American Politics kept us glued to our preferred source of information, whther iPhone or the traditional TV, we spent days on end watching or reading the news. In the meantime in Italy we had our own political dramas. A government crisis is nothing new, and this one was brewing for the past month or two. […]

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Acqua Alta!

Acqua Alta occurs when winds from the south, south-east blow for a long time, with a force of more than 25 kilometers per hour (or 13.4989 knots). These winds push seawater into the lagoon. The water enters through the open mouths in the long sandbar that, from Chioggia to Punta Sabbioni, acts as a barrier […]

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A Year to Remenber

This was a year that we shall all remenber.  The color theme of the Christmas decorations was blue. But the decorations were plentiful, with blue lights projected on the facades of our beautiful palazzi. Somehow Christmas looked more dismal to me and less merry.  For all the bad things that happened, there was something good […]

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Considerations

I resumed my morning walks/runs this morning, and while I admire the beautiful mountains on the horizon it occured to me to think that 2020 was the most spitful year ever.  In the past we didn’t have a single snow flake in the mountains by Xmas. This year instead, since nobody can leave his own […]

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Cooking the Day After

There is more than Christmas Day in Italy. We also have St. Stephen Day, a full-fledged holiday. In pre-COVID days it would be still a day with family, maybe the less immediate family. A good day, less stressful. Although this COVID year (after all our past complaining about a too much commercialized Christmas), with the […]

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A Xmas Tree for The Performing Arts

There is an installation of a Christmas Trees made with the travelling trunks, on various Piazze of Italy. The trunks are the object that unites all workers behind the scenes of performances, shows, fairs, and events. Instead of the traditional decorations, there are phrases written by show business workers, with words of good omen and […]

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COVID Holidays

I’m of the impression that special care has been used for the Xmas decorations this year. Maybe to encourage us to do the usual holiday spending, or maybe just to cheer us up. But I see more lights, windows made as pretty as possible, and the city decorations hanged just so! It is enjoyable to […]

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Rialto

For the Venice habitué when you say “Rialto” it is not just the bridge the first thing that comes to mind, but the fish market just off the famous bridge. Rialto Bridge is the undisputed symbol of the city and one of the most iconic bridges in Venice, the Rialto market also has another architectural […]

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Baby it’s Raining Outside

And Other Complications From now to the 21st we are granted a little more freedom. Restaurants and caffees are open; just until 6:30 pm, but that is good enough. Stores are also open. The season of shopping is now, and that is why there are these somewhat looser rules now.  Unfortunately the number of contagions […]

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The Joys of Handwriting

Experts say that handwriting is better for our brains that just typing down our notes, they claim writing by hand brings into play very different cognitive processes, more beneficial. Apparently we may be able to better remenber a lecture if the notes were scribbled into the old-fashioned notepad rather than typed into the laptp. With […]

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