Quarantine

  Most used word of 2020 Quarantine meaning is easy to guess for Italians—this is where it originated—and for Spanish-speaking people as well, but maybe not for all others. The word quarantine comes from “quarantena,” a variant of the Italian quaranta giorni, meaning “forty days“, used in 14th-15th-century Venetian dialect and designating a period of isolation as a preventive measure against […]

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The Silver Lining of COVID19

Italy is on its 3rd week of FULL STOP, and going! For as bad as this Virus is there is a silver lining to it: In Fact In just a few days we have solved the problem of traffic, pollution, food waste, gambling addiction, and the invasion of migrants. Italians in the near future will […]

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Any Light in this Tunnel…

Now on our third week of quarantine, or sheltering in place, whatever way we want to call it. I am a compliant type of person, I do what’s needs to be done. Besides, we are also animals of habit. Eventually, we embrace this forced routine too. Yesterday I ventured out, a little further than my supermarket […]

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Life from a Window

Sometimes I think that when I write about what is happening now it implies the very high risk of venturing—maybe even getting lost—into mediocrity! Rhetoric on good feelings and good intentions. I’m not sure I’m able to elude the sticky seduction. So far I avoided giving away the “What to Do”, and the “Lists of […]

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Homeward Bound

Day 1️⃣3️⃣ of self-isolation.  Positivity is starting to fade. I said all can be said about the sorrow state of affairs. I slowly came to terms that I need to observe even more restrictions. I observed…  There is music on my window for the lone passerby. But nothing helps. My actions sound so mediocre.  Despite […]

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Buongiorno Italia!

Every day is a day of getting to terms with the situation that is now hitting all the world.  We are on our second week of full quarantine. Every day, I take my temperature and check the numbers on the WHO page. I used to gasp at the crescendo of cases in Italy, now I […]

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Cassandra

These past weeks I felt a little bit like Cassandra, daughter of the King of Troy, Priam, condemned to never be believed. I kept telling my USA friends to cancel their trips, and starting to plan to stay home. This virus would get there too. And fast! I always added.  But even in my worst-case scenario I […]

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Is it the Peak Yet?

We are now well aware that we are experiencing an unprecedented situation. And while from our isolation, or collective quarantine, we are watching astonished this “thing” spreading relentlessly to other states. Spain and France are next, while the USA is quickly catching up. No Peak Yet Tonight they told us that we didn’t reach the […]

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COVID-19 Spring Didn’t Know

It all started on March 11, 2020, the streets emptied, shops closed, and people no longer went out. But Spring did not know, and the flowers kept blooming. It is difficult to be home all day, but then you think at those that are in hospital fighting for a breath of air. Then it is […]

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COVID-19 The Sound of Silence

A Town More Silent Than Ever We are urged to just STAY HOME! #StayHome. While even more restricted policies are put in place.  A Somber PM Italian PM Giuseppe Conte delivered another somber speech with new more restrictive measures; The activities of bars, pubs, and restaurants are therefore suspended (all day and not only after […]

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COVID-19 Day One

Locked Down Today is Day One of full restrictions in all of Italy. It is very strange, not stressful really, but uncanny. I woke up to a rather silent than usual morning. That is because traffic is down a lot. I live close by some schools and a university, so the usual loud chattering of […]

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#StayingHome

COVID-19 is all over the news, and yes the situation is serious. No one (state or country) should underestimate it. It will get there too. We are all asked to stay home! Or #StayHome to reach the social media addicts. That means avoiding social events, gathering, going to crowded bars for our beloved aperitivo. What […]

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