My unexpected summer in Malta

summer in MaltaHere’s what happened when I did one thing that is totally out of my comfort zone.

Real life feels so empty after spending the first half of my summer in Malta.

A couple of months ago, I felt so eager to step out of the ordinary and challenge myself with something outside my comfort zone that I decided to take care of a group of teenagers on a study holiday in Malta.

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The Bristol diaries: chapter 3

bristol blogI’m sitting on a bench in my usual spot, by the Harbourside, gazing at the boats that are bobbing on the waves, with the head in my hands for no particular reason. Suddenly, a caring voice drowns out Bristol’s ever-present seagull’s moan:

“Are you ok my lover?”

That was the exact moment when I began feeling nostalgic, knowing that soon no stranger in the street would have cared if I looked down, or wished me a nice day, or called me “my lover”.

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One-way ticket to Bristol

imageIn the name of location independence I first downshifted and then quit my desk job but, somehow, to this day I’m still in Rome. The emotional roller-coaster of being free to travel, of becoming enthusiastic about way too many projects, of meeting like-minded people on my way (falling in love, living in my own fantasy, falling off the unicorn, and reload), of being able to enjoy a walk in the sunshine while spring is blooming rather than dying in the cubicle…

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I quit my desk job to do this instead

quit the job and travelAs you already know if you have been following my blog for a while, exactly one year ago I downshifted at my desk job to have more time for writing and focusing on this blog. It has been a very intense year and has brought me to the 1000 follower milestone on facebook, to publishing my travel stories in several magazines and even in a couple of books, to developing partnerships with different companies and –above all- to spending my time doing what I like most: travelling and writing.

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The suitcase

suitcase wanderlustOur battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life
Jack Kerouac, On the Road

While on the road, you are supposed to make it with just what you’ve managed to stuff into your suitcase. I find it very liberating: I always end up realizing that I can survive with a very small part of that big amount of stuff I’m usually surrounded with.

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I Trentenni: a book on millennials chasing their dreams

I Trentenni the bookWe 30-somethings are a generation of dreamers, dreamers who don’t want to settle for anything less.

When Silvia, Stefania and Ilaria from the blog asked me to contribute to a book about our generation, I didn’t know how all our stories would glue together, I didn’t know who were the fellow authors or what they were going to write about. None of us knew. Keep reading →

About future tenses and travel plans

The difference between “I’m going to fly to Sofia on Friday” and “I’m flying to Sofia on Friday” is all about your intention; before making the sentence, you should ask yourself if you really want it or you just have a vague intention, thinking about how determined you are and how far did you go with your plans.
Did you get the ticket?
Did you book the hotel?
Well, then you are enough determined to dare a present continuous tense.

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