Month: May 2013

Australia the happiest country in the world :)

Apparently Australia ranked #1 in the List of Happiest Countries, followed by Sweden, Canada, … If you want to know more, click on the link below to watch the video and read the article 🙂 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323855804578508554126690568.html Related articles Why Australia is the happiest developed nation (smartplanet.com) The Happiest Nation on Earth (neatorama.com) Australia tops world happiest list (news.theage.com.au) Australia is the World’s Happiest Country – Again (newsfeed.time.com) The world’s happiest country is … (cnn.com) The world’s happiest nation (smh.com.au) Smile, we’re the world’s happiest (theage.com.au) Australia ranked happiest developed nation in OECD Index (australiantimes.co.uk) Australia named the ‘lucky country’ (edition.cnn.com) Australia ranked ‘happiest’ nation (bbc.co.uk) Advertisements

Rushing for Gold, Enjoying it for its Food & more: Ballarat!

It’s  been a while that I wanted to go and visit Ballarat. Why? Well, it is the symbol of the Gold Rush in Australia and it is where the Eureka Stockade took place. That is some important piece of history in Australia and an historic place just very close to Melbourne. It’s just an hour and a half drive from Melbourne, but you can reach it by train. I’d suggest to go by car as you get the chance to visit also the surroundings. A new museum has also just opened: M.A.D.E. – Museum  of Australian Democracy at Eureka. This museum proposes different views on democracy in the world, but most importantly sits on the site where the Eureka Stockade took place. This rebels action occurred in 1854 when the miners in the area started to claim their rights. This event in time is considered by some people as the starting point for Democracy in Australia. Its symbol is a blue flag, sewn by the miners wives, with the Southern Cross star. You can see …

Fancy an arty, cozy, social responsible Cafè offering Natural Food in Melbourne CBD? / Mix di design, atmosfera vibrante, buon cibo e ‘sociale’ in un piccolo caffè di Melbourne

Wow! Yes, that’s the feeling I had entering the Kinkfolk Cafe’. As soon as I walked in, I’ve been positively overwhelmed by the vibrant atmosphere and the bohemian mix of design. At first, it seems there’s a bit of mess because af all the things hanging on the wall, the different design patterns, but actually it all makes sense here and you breathe and feel positive vibrations! It puts you right away in a creative state of mind, of discovery, of wanting more and because of that it’s really hard for me to keep up with my thoughts right now. I just would like a mind reader that could instantly transfer my ideas on paper, or better, electronic paper. And my cauliflower soup just arrived, so that I can warm myself up in such a windy and a bit chilly day. Also I’m sharing the table with so many other people, something helps you to get warm on multiple levels. You feel welcome, you feel alive! There’s an interesting choice on the menu on the …

Feel like a Paradise Beach Escape? Port Douglas, Queensland / Volete una spiaggia paradisiaca? Port Douglas e dintorni

The warm weather of these days, over 20°C with top of 25°C, makes me dream about a beach escape somewhere. Although I could probably go to the Mornington Peninsula or to South Melbourne just to enjoy a beach day. And the strangest thing to me is that it’s May, which is the last month of Fall before winter comes. Of course here Downunder. So I cannot prevent myself from thinking about the 5 days I spent in Queensland, in Port Douglas, last summer, as I forgot to write about it. I guess I just kept enjoying the good Melbourne weather, but now my mind goes back to the good memory that trip left me. It’s good to remember the nice time I had there, before thinking about the next trip. I had been to Queensland before, but not really stopped and enjoyed the laidback pace of Port Douglas. And not only this, but also the nice restaurants, shops, activities and the lush nature that this piece of paradise has to offer. I stayed at the …

Want to know about a ‘yummy’ spot for brunch? / Che ne dite di un brunch? Pancakes, uova, …

Finally after months & months of trying, I convinced Carlo to come & join me after my French Class on Saturday morning. So we met for lunch at Miss Jackson, Jackson st, St Kilda. This is a cute little cafe’ where I usually go for a nice coffee during the lesson break with my colleagues from the French course, brave like me in making the decision of studying French on a Saturday morning. I keep doing it and regretting it when the alarm clock rings at 7 am, but then I’m really happy when I’m there, it really rewards me! Good teachers, fun people! And the ride in tram 96 is always an adventure! … If you know what I mean 😉 Well, anyway, we met at Miss Jackson, which I discovered thanks to Andrea, a past Alliance Française colleague. Something peculiar about Miss Jackson is that they change the flower and plant compositions they display at the entrance! Apart from the amazing dishes I’ve been seeing on their Facebook page: well, just to die …

Where do the Aussies go on holiday? / Dove vanno gli Australiani in vacanza?

Where do the Aussies go on holiday? Here the Top destinations from the The Age: http://www.theage.com.au/travel/travel-news/hottest-destinations-for-australians-revealed-20130430-2iqrq.html In the article by Robert Upe, Travel and Tourism Writer, there’s also a poll, where you can participate in for another few hours you have your say! And despite the strong AU dollar tourism to Australia is still increasing. ———- // ———- Dove vanno gli Australiani in vacanza? Ecco le destinazioni Top! Cliccate qui: http://www.theage.com.au/travel/travel-news/hottest-destinations-for-australians-revealed-20130430-2iqrq.html E nonostante il forte dollaro australiano, il turismo in Australia continua a crescere! Sarà che è un paese meraviglioso da visitare??!

Just an incredible Ad to watch: “Dumb Ways To Die” / Una pubblicità da non perdere: “Dumb Ways to Die”

It’s been quite some time that I wanted to write about this. As soon as I saw this ad on YouTube, “Dumb Ways To Die”, I knew it would be a success. It’s Melbourne’s Metro Trains‘s rail safety public service campaign that explains in a very simple way what people should not be doing, especially around trains. The ad shows the silliest ways of dying, that apparently still occur, in a very friendly and incisive way despite the extremely serious content. On top of the normal billboard campaign, the campaign went viral and it has won seven Webby Awards. Here you can read some more details on the article on The Age: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/melbourne-rail-safety-message-wins-webby-20130501-2isyl.html But the thing you really cannot afford not to watch it is the actual ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJNR2EpS0jw ——— // ——— Era un po’ di tempo che ne volevo parlare. Appena ho visto questa campagna “Dumb Ways To Die” (10 modi di morire), mi è subito piaciuta! E ho sinceramente sospettato che sarebbe stata notata e avrebbe ricevuto in qualche modo un riconoscimento. Si …