Month: March 2013

What’s it like to spend an afternoon at the Grand Prix in Albert Park? / Com’è passare un pomeriggio al GP di Melbourne?

I’ve never been a big fan of Formula 1, actually I’ve never been a fan of it. I would just get bored watching it on TV. But going to the Grand Prix it’s something completely different! I’m from Milan, so just half an hour away from Monza where a very important GP takes place every year in September. I’ve there just once, while I was working in BMW, to watch the V8 and it’s been a lot of fun! The other times I have been close to a GP circuit has been when I was going back to Italy, from a trip, passing through Montecarlo just the day before of the GP beginning, and we actually did the circuit and the famous tunnel, a bit like we were doing the Formula 1 exercise. Once again it had been fun. And the last time, apart from yesterday, when I boarded a VW with a pilot doing the Vairano circuit and automatically I was continuously approaching the brake pedal eheh I guess I had a lot of …

Wandering around Melbourne CDB – where to loose yourself: lanes, cafès, …

Wandering around some of the lanes of Melbourne CBD is just a way of positively loose and recharge yourself. It’s an inspiring place! You suddenly think you are not in Melbourne, but in some busy little Asian lane or a Georgian/ Victorian elegant Arcade or a busy street full of cafes somewhere in Europe, with one of the greatest choice you could have. From Italian Style cafes to Sushi bars, Asian places, Fusion or International Flavour spots. Some are just beautiful to look at, some have a more ‘worn-out’ look, and you think that maybe a lot people have stopped by, a container for lots of stories. I don’t know whether this ‘stream of consciousness’ is actually the result of a meditation class I just tried out for the first time. If it is the enormous amount of oxygen that pervades my body, in a state of enhanced alert or what. But do check out these streets: – Hosier Lane, where you’ll find  great murales to look at and also 2 of the Movida restaurant. …

Why not enough room in the Country of the Tall People?

How was this post conceived? Well, simply going around the city in Melbourne, by tram, for example, and having coffee and eating lunches or dinner out at a cafè or restaurant. Well, literally doing this, I noticed that there is little space for one’s body, even without being too big, and especially for one’s legs. And I ask myself: “Why?” Why do we wanna live uncomfortably even when we are traveling or when we are enjoying a dinner, a coffee or whatever somewhere? It seems a pretty clear and natural question. The first time I boarded a Yarra Tram or a train in Melbourne, probably in Sydney too, most of the time you don’t have enough room for your legs. They are usually touching you neighbour’s legs in front, which is quite annoying. Ok, they maybe oblige to sit up straight, but even doing that there is not enough space. It’s more than that, they probably are optimizing space, but I’d definitely prefer fewer seats and take the risk of standing rather than seating rather …

When does summer end in Australia? / Finisce mai l’estate in Australia?

When does summer end in Australia? But does summer really end in Australia? That’s probably a question I would have asked before coming to Australia, but that I think I could ask as well now that I’ve been living here for 6 months. Summer officially ends in February, so the 1st day of March is already fall. Why the 1st of March you are maybe wondering? “Just because it’s easier”, someone once said to me! Instead of making it the 21st. Maybe there is also a more scientific explanation for it. I haven’t looked much for an explanation, maybe it is because it is simpler. Even on the website of the museum of Victoria it just says that seasons in Australia start the 1st day of the month. Have a look at this link, if you are interested: http://museumvictoria.com.au/discoverycentre/infosheets/planets/the-sun-and-the-seasons/ Probably that is why we still enjoy summer temperature. It is true that in Sydney the 1st of March was just the perfect day of Autumn, as it was raining and the sky was grey. But …