Tag Archives: #humour

Cold snap in Rome

It looked like a warm early spring and most Romans have put away their winter clothes. Yet now we have a cold snap, and many are looking pale, chilled and unhappy. But Roman “cold” is rather relative. Cold snaps I … Continue reading

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Bloggers meet in Piazza Farnese

Unlike this picture, it was a grey and windy day … and I met blogging-friends in person for the very first time. Dona and Peter are enthusiastic foodies, seasoned hikers, curious travelers who have been to many countries, and out-of-the-way … Continue reading

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Potatoes and peas lost in translation

This is not about food, it’s about language. Potatoes are served as a side dish just about anywhere in Italy, but they’re not typically part of the vaunted regional cuisines. Pasta, rice and polenta are more like it. Last week’s … Continue reading

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The Three Kings or flying back into the past?

It’s taking me a while to adjust to the idea we’re into a New Year. The best advice I’ve come across is probably from Queen Elisabeth II in her Xmas message to our Brexiting friends: ”…take a deep breath…”. Very apt. … Continue reading

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Rome in disarray …

Getting away from Rome from time to time is a must if you want to hold on to your sanity. You usually get back in a far lighter mood and tend to actually believe things will really change one day. … Continue reading

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Windshields, garages and cigarette butts in Rome

Dirty windshields, garages and cigarette butts…? Yes, because illegality is very much at home in Rome. I love my car, but it’s pretty dirty right now. From time to time yellowish Saharan sand rains down here overnight, and all the … Continue reading

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January out of kilter

Thanks goodness February’s round the corner. The year started with a bang, but it wasn’t the fireworks we’d prepared. The basement of the building right across the alley erupted in sky-high roaring flames, and there went our celebrations. It was … Continue reading

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Sense of humour to sarcasm … to cynicism?

A sense of humour is very much part of the basic desirable traits in Anglo-Saxon cultures. The ability to laugh about situations, people – oneself and others – to make light of problems that would otherwise become hard to deal … Continue reading

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Griping about Rome

  I’ve been avoiding writing about Rome because I can’t think of anything really positive to write about it these days, except the weather. That is, the weather as a yearly statistical average (one of the best in Europe). Not … Continue reading

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Boston break

  Visiting places is never like actually living there, by definition you’re on holiday. You don’t have to deal with real life, which for most people involves dragging yourself from bed to breakfast to commute to traffic jams and everything … Continue reading

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