A SLAPP in the mountains
South Tyrol, an autonomous region in Northeastern Italy where German and Italian languages co-exist, is best known for its spectacular mountain peaks and lush vineyards. Tourists flock to it in increasingly record numbers for its ski and hiking trails, its bike paths and thermal baths, and its food offer that ranges from gourmet pizzas to…
A Date to Pinpoint on the Moral Arc of the Universe
The tragic reality is that, however shocking and painful, all of this was perfectly predictable – probably much more so than the pandemic.
Let’s not use catchphrases like Our New Normal – there’s nothing normal about it, and the idea of living with it for the foreseeable future is hard to bear!
May The 4th Be With Italy
And so, today, we switched back on. Not every shop or every profession, but several million Italians are back in business and at their desks. Our cities have been slowly coming back to life for the he past couple of weeks, and today they eventually lost that unique, almost sacred look of meaningful emptiness that…
Phase 2, Strategy 0
“Andrà tutto bene” needs more preparation to go from aspiration to reality.
Fase 2, strategia 0
Dobbiamo continuare a crederci ciecamente in questa Santa Trinità e ad invocarla, o prima o poi si farà carne ed ossa con un tampone in mano, un’app-arizione sui nostri cellulari, e un luogo dedicato per un vero isolamento?
Vestiti della pandemia
Oggi mi sono messa una camicetta e i pantaloni – non particolarmente eleganti, ma dei veri pantaloni, con bottone e cintura. La mia vicina 86enne, con la quale ci salutiamo ogni giorno sul pianerottolo, mi ha chiesto dove dovevo andare, così elegante.
My Empty City
I went downtown yesterday, for the first time in six weeks. A few more shops have opened, and I needed a replacement for SodaStream (the one thing I missed during isolation!) So I was allowed to venture outside the 400m-limit currently imposed in my town for simple walks (a doubling from the initial 200m!) Click…
So how is the lockdown working for you?
#ItalyLockDown #WorldLockDown April 3, 2020 Today was originally planned to be the day when restrictions imposed on March 9 would be lifted. Back then, we looked at the calendar and wondered, how on earth can we survive a lockdown until April 3 – as individuals, as families cramped in our apartments, as a society? Well,…
God Bless Italia
God Bless America. Negli Stati Uniti più che una benedizione è un sottofondo costante e confortante al quale non si fa quasi più caso. Accompagna la fine di quasi ogni dichiarazione ufficiale, lo dicono i Presidenti in chiusura di discorsi e comizi, ma anche i giornalisti, gli attori, i cantanti. È una richiesta a un…
God Bless Italia (ENG)
God Bless America. In the U.S., more than a blessing, this is a constant and comforting background which one hardly notices anymore. It provides the closing of almost every official statement, presidential statements or stump speeches, but also for journalists, actors, singers. It is a request to a secular god for a blessing that crosses…
Non sprecare risorse e non sprecare fiducia
In una terra dove ogni abitante nasce praticamente dotato di sciarpa, e chiunque passa qui in inverno se ne procura subito una, la distribuzione di scaldacolli pagati con i soldi pubblici ha suscitato molte perplessità.
Teeny Tiny Thanos
We still have a lot to learn about the virus but we can already say with confidence that we are dealing with a teeny tiny son of a bitch who is also incredibly cunning. Cunning and mean. Like a Teeny Tiny Thanos.
Tough day – 368 deaths today, over 20,000 infected, and, in other otherworldly news, Germany is closing its borders… It is very, very hard to look at Europe right now, with the tragedy unfolding across the continent and every leader handling things his or her own way… So one hopes against hope that all this…
Only a quick note tonight to say that we are ok. Everything looks quiet outside as well as very orderly. Supermarkets are well stocked I hear, like bakeries, produce shops, and so on. Life continues as well as it can in Bolzano, Alto Adige Südtirol, in the year of the pandemic. I feel mentally exhausted…
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I love to chase waterfalls rather than sticking to the rivers and the lakes that I am used to (cit. TLC, 1994)
Bolzano Bozen, Alto Adige Südtirol. Formerly Washington, D.C., Rome, Bobo Dioulasso, Abidjan, Milan.