Important Announcement!

As of yesterday, I’m officially a student of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera! I can now proudly call myself a student of Silvia Colombini, a successfull opera singer and great teacher. In only two lessons, she has helped my technique advance so extremely! Yesterday was the first time for me that singing was completely…

Prova Aperta – Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno

Aaaaaaand I’ve been to my second public rehearsal! This time, it was a complete performance of Händel’s lesser-known “Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno” (in a later version translated to “The Triumph of Time and Truth”). I’m not the biggest Baroque fan, but I enjoyed it nevertheless. I found it rather interesting as it…

My Crazy yet Lovely Monsters

For an upcoming parents’ evening, my boss asked me to take some pictures of the children during lunch so she could put them in her presentation. I would love to upload my favorites, but since most of them involve the kids’ faces, I can’t. However, this one should be fine. This little man is probably the…

One Café a Week | No. 11

Went to this nice place called Panini Durini which is just around the corner from where I live. They have some great cakes and pastry! Also, the best Italian Cioccolata Calda (Hot Chocolate) I’ve had so far. If Italy meant Pasta and Pizza to me before I came, it now definitely includes Cioccolata Calda as well….

Prova Aperta – Rigoletto!

Back in Milan, I attended my first open rehearsal! Being a member of La Scala’s Under 30 Community, I get free tickets. It was so amazing! One reason is that I got to hear and see most of the opera Rigoletto without paying for it. The music was actually so beautiful (for example the super famous aria La…

Au Revoir/Tot Ziens Brussels!

Taking off from Charleroi Airport, there were mainly three things I was thinking about. Number one: It’s funny how comfortable and at home I had felt in this city due to the Dutch influences, even though I basically didn’t get to speak Dutch with anyone. Number two: I can now confidently claim that Brussels is a…

Brussels Fun Facts & Experiences

Three days – three waffles. They are heavenly good! I learned that there’s actually two types of waffels: Gaufres de Liège and Gaufres de Bruxelles. Brussells style waffles are bigger and usually come with different toppings, whereas the Liège style waffles (the ones I had) are usually served pure. They are caramelized and you eat them…

A Visit to the European Parliament

Being an EU citizen, I thought seeing the EU bodies and institutions located in Brussels was essential. Of course, not all of them are open to the public, but the Parliament is, so we participated in a little guided tour. To our disappointment, it lasted only 15 minutes. We were informed about a huge sculpture, we…

One Café a Week | No. 10

During my short stay in Brussels, Alex and I went to EXKi Cafés twice. EXKi is an original Brussels chain of environmental friendly cafés offering organic, seasonal or fair trade food and drinks. Such a beautiful idea! There are two cafés in Milan and I will definitely pay them a visit. Maybe they also offer carrot soup with…

Enough Adrenaline for the Rest of 2016

Before I left for Brussels, my oh-so-thoughtful sister broke the news to me that three people had been arrested because they had been planning terrorist attacks during New Year’s Eve celebrations and New Year’s Day in Brussels. I’m not the “OMG, the terrorist threat!” kind of person, but I think most of us carry a certain nervousness,…

Beautiful Brussels

Brussels, capital of Belgium, unofficial capital of the EU, bilingual yet predominantly French speaking. I only stayed for a few days, but I found this city very orderly and ordinary, with an air of importance and sobriety. It’s almost as if Brussels keeps its exciting curiosities hidden under a surface of business, politics and other…

Happy New Year from Brussels!

My year started with one of my favorite things to do – travelling by plane. In Brussels, I promptly discovered a new favorite game to play – Escape Room! You might have played it online. The concept is very simple: You are locked up in a specially designed room together with friends, and you’ll have to…