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Discovering one of the many Xmas markets in Zurich // Alla scoperta di uno dei mercatini di Natale di Zurigo

In a bit more than 20 days it’s Xmas, yes again, but finally with all the atmosphere I was always used to. A bit of cold, Xmas trees, decorations and, most of all lights, everywhere, and that you can actually see because the sky is not lit up by the sun anymore…which prevent you from seeing them. (i.e. in Melbourne most of the Xmas decorations are not lit up because it would be a waste as there is still light some days until 9-10pm at night) By the way, it’s been a marvellous experience that of living Xmas in the summer, eating my husband’s favourite “anolini”, to tell it brutally and for the sake of letting you understand, excusing myself with my husband, the people of Piacenza and all the foodies and food experts, they are meat-filled “ravioli” usually eaten with broth. Well, on the first 24th of December we spent in Australia, my husband could not renounce to his traditional Xmas dish, so we had the anolini with broth, of course in the air-conditioning …

What is the Lichterfest in Zurich? // Cos’e’ la “Lichterfest” di Zurigo?

A friend of mine invited me to go to the Lichterfest in Zurich on the Bahnofstrasse and I decided to invite an American friend of mine that I was supposed to meet on that very same afternoon. We decided to meet just 5 minutes before 6pm, when the event would take place. And you’ll think: “what are you talking about?” Well, I’m talking about the fraction of a second when the Xmas lights are lit up on the Bahnofstrasse, the main street of Zurich, to celebrate the start of the new Christmas season. Well, as always, It took my tram in time to get there and when I was supposed to change and take the 2nd tram, well I just decided I’d walk because trams were full and a huge crowd was invading the square and the rest of the Bahnoffstrasse. So, it basically took me 15 mins to reach my meeting point, while I watched the lights being lit up while walking. It was nice, but the street was so crowded and people were …

#Expovina Zürich: wine, #wine and more wine! // Expovina Zurigo: vino, vino e ancora vino!

Some Aussie friends, that I met recently, were talking about going to a wine festival on boats on lake Zurich. In my head I thought: ” what an interesting way of letting people taste and enjoy wine. Of course, the lake better be calm if you are usually sea-sick or, in this case, lake-sick! ;)” A week later I received the invitation to go together. I was trying to understand how long would this wine cruise take until I actually found out that the 12 or more boats at the Expovina were actually anchored at port ahah What a big laugh! The entrance is 25chf, and you usually better have cash, which could sound expensive. But since companies participating are actually distributors and you pay such a fee, you actually get to taste a lot of wine. Some just pour up to 1/4-1/3 of a glass. So definitely a fun activity, especially when you have to climb the different boats stairs 😉 So I’d suggest to have a hearty meal, or even a hot dog …

Run Melbourne, Run Vale Run! What’s it like to run your 1st 5k? // Run Melbourne: Corri Vale corri! Come ci si sente a correre la prima 5km?

I started running maybe 3 years ago, but not constantly. 3-4 months of running, then nothing and so on. My longest run has been just a bit above 6Km and never repeated so far. And for the last year or so I’ve been wanting to challenge myself with a real run for my level: a 5K run! I’ve been procrastinating, forgetting and so on till last Friday when I realised The Age 2014 Run Melbourne was on SUNDAY 27TH July. Even without real training, maybe 3K a couple of weeks ago, I decided to do it! It’s now or never! A friend of mine was doing the 10K and other people were busy or not up for it, so I did it by myself, for myself, to challenge myself. Before the start I was feeling happy, Carlo was there to support me, but a bit nervous. Then getting closer to the Start Line, the music, loads of people (almost 5,000 for the 5K), I started getting really excited. The run: we started climbing a little …

What’s Anzac Day & Anzac Biscuits (recipe)? // Cosa sono l’Anzac Day e i Biscotti Anzac (ricetta)?

This post is dedicated mostly to the Italian audience being 25th April an important day to remember also in Italy and not only in Australia. That is why I’ll spend more words in my post in Italian. As I was saying, traditionally for me, being Italian, April 25th has always been Bank holiday as it is here in Australia. In Australia though it’s called Anzac Day and it is celebrated for a different reason: to commemorate the lost lives of Australian and New Zealand soldiers that fought and died in Gallipoli (Turkey) on April 25th in 1915 (World War I). A service at dawn takes place everywhere in Australia to remember those losses and all later losses in other wars. Here you can find more details about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anzac_Day “It has been claimed that biscuits made of oats were sent by the soldiers’ wives, the ingredients do not spoil easily and the biscuits kept well during naval transportation.” (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anzac_biscuit). Now they are commonly sold in supermarkets and very commonly used to fundraise in favour …

Happy Easter! What do Australians eat on this holiday? Recipe // Buona Pasqua! Cosa mangiano gli australiani di tipico? Annessa Ricetta

Happy Easter! For me Easter has always been about eating Chocolate Eggs, the “Colomba”, a sort of a Easter Panettone just to simplify, and most of the time skiing, if still enough snow around, or take a short break somewhere. Usually not spent with my family after probably 18 years of age. As we say in Italy: “Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi” (i.e. “Xmas with your Family, Easter with whomever you want”, but it also rhymes in Italian). More than 10 years ago I spent my first Easter in Australia, in Melbourne. I was staying in a hostel with my 2 friends, Brit & Kathrine, and we had a nice beautiful breakfast with grapes, cereals and the, now famous, not at the time, Hot Cross Buns. That’s what the Australians, and most Commonwealth countries eat for Easter, or traditionally on Good Friday. And that’s what I had for Good Friday again this year. It’s a dough, usually with raisins and cinnamon, served hot, some people like it with some butter inside. It looks …

And the Australian Open 2014 have begun!

Here we go again, it’s summer in Melbourne, temperature are skyrocketing, yes it’s time for the Australian Open 2014! From 13th till the 26th of January 2014. Click on the picture below to enjoy this video of the AO Open beginning and a piece of result from the 1st day: And tomorrow I’ll enjoy them live, hoping to watch Nadal’s come back to Australia. 🙂

What’s it like to spend a day at the MCG watching Footy? // Che cos’è il Footy australiano?

Ok, 10 months in Australia have passed by and the Footy was still on my local to do list. What happens is that I met a person in my French course so passionate about AFL that I could not stop myself from asking to go together. Footy always looked so strange as a sport to me, a mix of other sports and played only in Australia basically. So it did not have too much of an appeal to me, but on the one hand I thought I needed to understand the basic rules, since I’m living here, and on the other hand Christine enthusiasm just made me decide I wanted to go and see a match with her. She perfectly organised everything, she even called a friend that speaks Italian to make us feel more comfortable. Well, what more could you ask for?! We met her just outside of the arena on a Sunday afternoon and we finally made our entrance in the famous MCG stadium. It was built to play cricket and Footy, they …

What’s ‘Tulip Making’ / Cos’è il ‘Tulip Making’?

Each day there’s something new to discover in Melbourne. Today as cycling home on the Yarra River, we stopped to have a look at the Dutch Market under the Eureka Tower for Dutch Orange Day. What a surprise! Particularly amazing was the Tulip Making stall. A guy cycling on a ‘Velocipede’ and scluting wooden tulips. Just amazing, it feels like some piece of art & craft technique coming from the past. For some more info, have a look here: http://www.dutchorangeday.com.au/ Never getting bored in Melbourne! ———- // ———- Oggi tornando a casa in bici lungo il fiume Yarra, ci siam fermati a curiosare al mercatino olandese all’ombra dell’Eureka Tower. Tra musica, dimostrazioni, ‘delicatessen’ olandesi e il colore arancione che era ricorrente, mi ha particolarmente colpito lo stand del ‘Tulip Making’. Un signore che pedalando su un velocipede, stando fermo, lavorava il legno per fare delle sculture a forma di tulipano.Da l’impressione di essere una arte tradizionale che viene da lontano, nel tempo, ma anche geograficamente, essendosi svolta oggi a Melbourne. Per maggiori informazioni: http://www.dutchorangeday.com.au/ A …