Eva’s Pieces of Art | “Cow Going Abstract”

This Cow Tryptych is an original 1982 set of three screenprints by Roy Liechtenstein called “Cow Going Abstract”. One panel is signed in pencil. I kind of like it because I understand what’s happening with the cow – it’s not too abstract for me. The crazy thing about this work of art? Another set, signed…

Il Tram

I might actually use my knowledge of the public transportation system in Milan as an indicator of how well I’m immersed in life here. Understanding the metro system has been fairly easy, yet the buses are still a big mystery to me. Recently, I’ve started using the tram and I just had to show you how cute they are! Not…

Socializing

Slowly but surely, I’m starting to get comfortable with some people here. It does sound ridiculous, but making new friends is incredibly difficult when you are in my situation – when your colleagues are mostly 40+, your flatmate/landlord is 75 and you’re not surrounded by people your age all day long. But I’m getting there,…

Herbert Blomstedt at La Scala

Prima Galleria, Fila 1, Posto 37. My seat for the symphonic concert at La Scala on Monday. Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and Bruckner’s 9th Symphony conducted by Herbert Blomstedt. Needless to say, it was great! Blomstedt, at age 88, has a very fascinating, unusual way of conducting. I thought his gestures were out of time and…

A Few “Italian” Things

There are a few differences compared to Germany or other countries, more significant and less significant ones, that have struck me since I’ve been here. The funniest one is probably that Italians don’t seem to say “Cheeeeeese” when they take pictures. Instead, they translate it literally and just say “Fooooooormaggiiioo”. That’s arguably not the best…

One Café a Week | No. 6

Had another tandem meeting (I’m talking about language exchange, not bikes) and we ended up at this cute place near Colonne di San Lorenzo which is an area/Piazza where people gather to drink, eat, smoke and have fun. It’s a bar that offers aperitivo (Bloody Mary and Margarita in the picture) and it has an…

No More Stars Please

If I were to describe a typical workday of mine, I’d include lots of crafting with the kids. Crafting whatever stuff is needed to decorate the classroom, teach the children certain skills, such as how to use scissors, or serve other educational purposes.

Post-Paris Tension

Since I only live 20 meters from the French Consulate (and just as close to the Japanese and American Consulates), I’ve noticed the changes. The additional military patrolling the area, police cars parked on the Piazza nearby. But it’s not just the Consulate the Milanese are worried about lately. 

Nous Sommes Unis

May the victims rest in peace and may those who have lost a loved one know that they are not alone in their mourning. Two days after the attacks in Paris, the Milanese have turned the entrance to the French Consulate into a memorial: flowers, letters, short messages, drawings, candles, small objects. When I stood there…

La Grande Madre

Friday and Saturday, two volunteer friends of mine working in France were visiting me and my colleague Max. It was great to see them again and we had lots of fun walking around the city as I tried to show them as much as possible. However, the news about Paris Friday night really dampened the…

Only in Italy

On Thursday evening, I was getting ready for the premiere of the ballet “L’histoire de Manon” for which I had bought my ticket two months in advance. This performance is one that I had highly anticipated for various reasons. Most importantly, I was really excited to see a modern ballet for the first time as…

I’ve Always Wondered…

…what makes mosquitoes biologically indispensable from an evolutionary perspective. What function do they have apart from being terribly annoying? However, what really bothers me right now is that I’ve killed four today. FOUR. These creatures shouldn’t be coming into my room on 7th floor. Also, they shouldn’t be alive in frigging November in an European…