Rome our new Home

Rome our new Home

We recently got back from a trip up north covering this awesome

Tarot tour

and other interesting encounters. More on that soon. Of course we brought all our stuff with us (pots, pans, underwear, the necessities) throughout the trip until our final stop to our new home in Rome. We are undoubtedly lucky: first, to have found this apartment at the last minute. Second, to be alive to experience this life and meet such amazing people. Third – well, just thank you universe and whoever’s out there winking. We are winking back and giggling! 😉

Learning Curve

Learning Curve

Once again we are at the crossroads with just a few week/s left before we leave Pesaro *tear*. Moving is an art and maybe it takes a lifetime to master because honestly, I’ve still got boxes to unpack and damn I should’ve taken Tamsin‘s word for it.

Always and always the same two words in my head, “Pack light.”

Two days ago I saw a crate-full of magazines (travel, interior design) at the trash and seriously stood there and reflected… and let go..

Summer has been a seriously busy month. Can’t say it was unpleasant or super BUT, and I mean this in all ways, full of learning. And much more learning awaits! While I’ve been busily finishing projects and freelancing I’ve also made a point to get back into study and learning. Not quite knowing where to invest my full energy on with the many passions I have and buffering the frustration of not being able to fulfill them, I must learn, I must expose myself to the elements and hope that over time some form of mastery will come of it.

Thankfully there are things like Coursera and Skillshare to fuel the curious learner in you. I’ve signed up for several classes come September and October (my official “vacation” period. I do think learning is FUN). and I would so love to organize google hangouts with you or anyone who plan on taking some of the free online courses to discuss and exchange notes/homework. 🙂 geek out with me?

Oh, and to all new readers – welcome, Welcome!

To those who’ve been following for a while now, sorry for the lack of presence lately. I assure you I haven’t gone off-the-grid (although I like the idea). I’m still passionate about sharing my love for people, art, travel – making things happen with others. SO you bet I’ll be around and hopefully more often soon.

Stay in touch.



Parcels and Kitchen Offices

Parcels and Kitchen Offices

 Settling in quite nicely in this new space. The kitchen is now my other “office” with the new addition to our family, Claire, and the new friends and guests that come by that enjoy my asian fusion experiments. Of the many surprises I’ve had this first month, one of them is this package from


, another blogger from north of Italy, another expat, a new friend I still have to meet. I love receiving mail and though I haven’t been sending much out there since the move, I was more than happy to see this blue paper washi-taped parcel.

There were some funny treats from their recent trip to Japan, the coolest jacket for Adamo (thankfully still big enough for him to grow into. that boy is BIG!), and most surprising of all, one of her vintage aprons. Wow, I wasn’t expecting that and YAY my first apron! Take a look at the full set



I really liked the tape she used with this saying, “Become who you are” or

“Diventa quello che sei”

from Nietsche. I think I’ve been doing that, surprising myself with what I find to be me.

Thank you for this


. un abbraccio 🙂

Clandestine Mazurka at Gradara

Clandestine Mazurka at Gradara

One word: home. That night outside the castle walls of Gradara, we met with a mix of folk musicians, creatives, friends of a friend we made recently when we moved to Pesaro. I know its been eons since I last wrote on this blog and hardly mentioned anything at all about, well, anything at all. Its been a great big move and a hell of a month. But something about it, something about all this just feels a lot like home.

Some bits:

  1. Pesaro is awesome. In a month’s time I’ve made more friends and connections than the two years I spent everywhere else (mostly between Ancona and Macerata – which I thought seemed worlds apart. I guess Pesaro is a whole leap outside the galaxy)
  2. Earthquakes. The first big earthquake hit the area of Ferrara and made quite a mess. That area has never been considered a “seismic” zone but then just around the same day the first solar eclipse of year occured, there was the earthquake and a big nightmare woke me in the middle of the night only to be followed by another disturbing dream. An energy dive that came rising back up in the following days. Oh, and two more earthquakes followed. One early this morning near Rimini.
  3. Claire. An English woman traveller is spending the summer with us to learn Italian and help watch over the little one – such luck and wow, big thank you Claire for coming to join our family even for just a short time.
  4. Travelling alone with Adamo. I did it! It can be done! I’ve had some hesitation before due to the language and the sheer difficulty of Italian public transportation but will-power and shamelessness can really get the work done.
  5. Growing pile of things to do. Slowly getting back my rhythm.

Thats all for now. Home and family – two things that go hand in hand. Both tracing its roots all the way back in time and space, finding at the very core that we’re all deeply connected.

Theater collaboration

Theater collaboration

Fra with Monica’s Vagina (art).

Some scenes here from last week’s theater/film collaboration. Its called “The Three Worst Hours of my Life” translated from Italian, written and performed by Fra. It was fun, tiring but happy to spend a few days with these guys, made connections and saw everything spark. We had a theater all to ourselves with lights to manipulate, the whole shebang – big thanks to


 who helped us find this space.



 up there. Super glad his wife came along with their little one. We clicked and the babies clicked which was funny (Adamo hasn’t played with babies in his age-group yet).  Lucia is an actress and she does wonderful shows for kids with their group

Teatro Pirata

. Take a look at her video too!

Thats Monica’s Vagina masterpiece. See more of her art over at



Other collaborators include Roberto Bonfigli (photography, including the photos I’m using here and acting), Claudio (lights technician, script editor, actor), Jack (filming, video-editing), Sylvia (acting, voice-over), Roberto the Biker (acting) and myself (voice over, logistics, food, things un-quantifiable. hehe).

A moment with myself and Adamo.

Quick update + Rome

Quick update + Rome

The weather is playing cat and dog this week. Yesterday was greyish, windy and foggy in a humid tropical way but today – sun, light, lush greens and flowers. Other than that, we’ve been in the company of some great people, working on filming a theater play by Fra. Its been very interesting.

Also, a new

Dispatch from Italy post

is live on Poppytalk. Take a look if you haven’t yet, I’m pretty happy about it. (Honestly, I love the animated gif of Fra and Adamo across the street. hehehe.. silly billies. *dorky grin*). I’m posting just some more photos here from that walkabout. I have to say, I really really liked the picnic. I’ll be doing that again. 🙂