#100ItalyFacts on Instagram, days 49-55

The usual Sunday review was postponed on Monday, as yesterday was Christmas and it can be a very demanding day for Italians ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m still trying to digest all the food I ate, it might take a bit to fully recover ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

I hope you had a nice and relaxing Christmas day and I wish you all HAPPY HOLIDAYS!โค

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Travel philosophy

We are all nomads by heart and nature.

We spend our lives travelling and daydreaming about spectacular journeys around the globe. We take pictures and silly selfies in front of the Seven Wonders of the World. We despise inactivity and we are eager to discover new ways of life.

Then suddenly something happens.

Specific cultures may resonate with us more than others, but the ultimate discovery is that, after a first period in which we see all through rose-tinted glasses, we start to consider countries and places for what they truly are. Misleading. Fallacious. Human.

Travel changes our perspective and outlook on life. It makes us wiser, happier and even healthier. New countries and cultures let us discover parts of ourselves we didnโ€™t even know and open our minds to new things. But at a certain point, travelling makes us reconsider our own countries.

At first we tend to see only the things our countries fail to do, but, little by little, their values also appear. Qualities we have always taken for granted.

We must be aware of our origins, in life and when travelling.

A traveller without roots is like a kite without a rope connecting it to the ground and that roams around the skies without a guidance or a direction.

Letโ€™s discover our origins and our culture in order to take off and have a steady flight around the globe.

Stick around and check out the next blog posts to learn more about my roots and discover the beautiful Vicenza.

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#100ItalyFacts on Instagram: day 42-48

First of all, thank you guys for the amount of love I have been receiving for this series โค Even Italians have appreciated it, telling me it’s insightful and on point, and so I’m obviously relieved and happy as native people can be the harshest critics! Thank God, I have yet to enrage my compatriots ๐Ÿ˜‚

On Tuesday I decided to write a bit about Italian cafรจs and their various “rules”. I have been reading around blogs some “rules”, which are not completely right and so I figured the pov of a native would have been useful.I completely get where they come from, but some clarifications needed to be done. Enjoy!

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#100ItalyFacts on Instagram: days 35-41

 

Hi guys,

here I am with the weekly Instagram review!

On Monday I wanted to focus my attention on the infamous Constitutional Referendum we had to vote for on Dec.4th and now I want to specify some things in here as well. I decided to dedicate an instagram post to it, mainly because of the things I was reading in foreign newspapers in the immediate aftermath. Let me make things clear: “No” was NOT a vote for the so-called “Italexit”. This Referendum had nothing to do with the EU. Sadly, some countries that are dealing with EU secessionist movements decided to write in their newspapers that this Italian “NO” was cumulative evidence of the fact that EU is failing and that people want to leave. Well, no. We surely have a few political parties that are proactively against the Union, but THISย  referendum was entirely an INTERNAL matter. People who voted “no” did that for mainly two reasons:

  • they did not agree on the constitutional reform that, among the other things, wanted to abolish the so-called “perfect bicameralism”;
  • they voted against PM Renzi and his domestic policy.

I won’t comment on voters and the final result, I just wanted to point out that there are false news that are spreading around.

I think that what happened is a valid and useful lesson for the future, though: don’t trust everything people say, let’s check multiple sources of information and develop a critic opinion before judging. This is valid for every aspect of our lives.

Thanks for the attention. Enjoy the review ๐Ÿ™‚

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#100ItalyFacts on Instagram, days 28-34

Here we are with our usual Sunday appointment!

This week I have decided to focus on:

  • A social phenomenon called “the brains’escape “, characterized by the migration of young Italians to other countries, which has hit an all-time record this year;
  • Cool TV personalities;
  • Politics (or the mockery of Italian politicians, if you want);
  • Some gorgeous monuments.

I hope you enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜˜

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