Writing & Rome

Do I have time for writing?

Yes, but … ok, I have no excuses this time. Updating the blog should be a habit. It was a habit for me (with previous blogs), until a few years ago when I got involved in more things to do at work. In any case, here I am. I won’t be bothering you with my Christmas’ stories as there’s nothing exciting or special to recall. We are not big fan neither of Christmas holidays nor of New Year’s celebrations. Everything went *almost* fine. I reconnected with some friends, though and this was good.

Yesterday I went to Rome. I didn’t have the time to visit anything but I did go for a walk near Montecitorio area where there is the Italian Chamber of Deputies. Let me be frank with you, I was very annoyed by all the Italian politicians I stumbled upon who were having lunch at 3 pm after being interviewed by TV journalists. Rome is another world. They live somewhere between Italy and a country which is not my own. People having lunch at 3 or chatting and hanging out in the middle of the afternoon. Veeery relaxed in comparison to Milan. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t live in Milan and I don’t particularly like it, BUT there a huge difference Milan and Rome. I know this can be seen as “cheap” generalization (the classical North versus South: we work, they do nothing) but I can’t deny that people in Rome seem to take life easier than those in Milan and .. good for them! As long as “they” are laypersons I’m fine with it, but given that many (if not all) politicians based in Rome behave like  Roman emperors who have nothing do except for throwing parties, I have the right to be annoyed. I know this is nothing new but if you actually go there, you’d be shocked too. No surprise if the country is collapsing.

Next week I’m going to Belgium. I don’t like it  (please, take me back to Rome now!) but, on the bright side, I’ll spend 3 full days working with friends which is great. I’ll also have a party to look forward to (you see? we also throw parties). So, Belgian chocolate, work, dinners and a party with friends. Sounds good, isn’t it?

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Owls and a moment for writing

Sundays mornings are the best moments for writing. Usually I am at home alone because my partner goes to the supermarket to get some stuff for the upcoming week. That’s the deal: I cook & buy vegetables and fruits, he takes care of the rest. This is the time when the house is quiet (it’s not a “treat” though as, without kids and living where we live, either the house or the neighborhood are never noisy), the dog naps and church bells ring in the hope to call attention. My thoughts clarify too and I feel free from commitments. It’s a good feeling, even if it lasts just until the end of the day. 

I went away last week and everything went really well, more that I had expected to be honest. There are more trips in the next couple of weeks and lots to do but it’s ok. I’m doing what I like and this is a real treat. The drawback is that I am increasingly disappointed about my position here, not to mention the asymmetry of power at work which makes me frustrated and unhappy. I have a plan but I have to wait until the end of this year. In the meanwhile, I’ll try to hold on.

On a different note, it seems that we have owls in the garden! I am not entirely sure as obviously we haven’t seen them but we do hear them every single night as they are pretty loud. Five or six (or maybe more) years ago we had little owls and we saw them in the evenings. Typical owls, however, are bigger and nocturnal so we hear them only when it gets dark. The funny thing is that the dog couldn’t care less which is weird  as he spends time chasing birds during the day! The sound is very peculiar, loud and a bit scary.Yesterday night I recorded them and I think, after hearing owls sounds on the Internet, that they are owls (they sound exactly like this). I wish we could see them but they hide in trees so it’s almost impossible. I like the fact that there are so many birds here, it makes me feel immersed in nature and I love it. We didn’t expect owls though! I want them to be safe so I’ll do my best to keep my distance even if it’s tempting to jump off the couch and see where they are!