Summer in Budapest

Budapest must be one of the most convenient cities I have lived in. I found a great apartment in the center of the city and it feels like everything is in walking distance. People speak excellent english, there is fast 3G, hipster coffee shops with wifi everywhere and pretty good local and international food. I’m […]

A week in Istanbul

Spending a week in Kadıköy on the Asian side of the Bosporus. Mostly working, walking around and eating — Istanbul must be the european capital of fast food. Staying at Hilton Moda, which probably isn’t the prettiest place in town, but they’ve got a nice rooftop pool. The traditional sights are 15 minutes away by ferry, but I’m […]

Arriving i Kuala Lumpur

A few days ago I took the train from Sorrento via Naples to Rome. I spent the night in Rome before embarking on an Emirates flight to Kuala Lumpur via Dubai. The trip was uneventful except the train strike I got stuck in on my way to Naples. But now I’m in Asia for the […]

13th century italian poetry in seventies punk music

While reading about thirteenth century poet Cecco Angiolieri (in the excellent La Bella Lingua by Dianne Hales) I found myself recognizing the words of his most famous poem S’ì fosse foco. The lines felt vaguely familiar, something I thought was strange – italian poetry is not usually my thing. Finally, it was the last line […]

Pope in the fuse box

In out apartment, it’s almost impossible to use anything electrical while the washing machine is running – the fuse goes out immediately. The Italian solution to the problem? Put a photo of the pope in the electrical cabinet. I don’t know if this says more about Italian religiosity than the quality of Italian electrics…

Three days in Rome

First impressions: The heat! No wonder wealthy Romans in all ages have headed out of the city for the summer. The always present sound of ambulances. The way the town has grown in the gaps between the ruins. Three days in Rome is nothing, so I didn’t even try to see all the “must sees”. […]