Random things I’ve been doing these past few days

Went to the cinema and watched J. Edgar.

Went shopping for clothes, got back home with a new book.

Had breakfast with my best friend.

Spent an afternoon counting beads.

Celebrated Darwin day at the museum of natural history in Milan.

Forgot to write my daily blog posts. Ok, I haven’t forgot…I was too lazy to do it.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll write something more meaningful. Or maybe not. 😉

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Happy New Month!

Is it already February? Where did January go?

The first month of 2012 has gone already and I almost didn’t notice. Well, I’m actually noticing, since I’m writing about it. Anyway, how was January? How did I start this year? What have I done and accomplished in these past 31 days? Let me think…

I went to see the Pixar exhibition here in Milan letting my inner child come out. But that’s an easy thing to do! Now I have to find out the grown up in me. It’s hiding well, but I know it’s here!

I went to the Planetarium and, in the middle of a sunny Sunday afternoon, I watched a starry night. Wonderful!

I had a job interview for a job that, as I found out, was not very interesting. So I said no thanks, that’s not for me.

I started a little part-time job, which is nice. And also, to go to my work place I have to take the train. I love taking the train! I guess that’s the inner child talking. 🙂

I got a late birthday gift and went to the theatre to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It was so much fun! And the actor playing Bottom was really, really good. He also looked a little like Gerard Butler. Not bad! 😉

I bought some yarn. I started knitting a scarf. And, overcoming all my doubts about my knitting abilities and my fears about meeting new people, I joined a Stitch and Bitch group. I spent an afternoon quietly knitting and chatting a little bit. It was nice and now my scarf is a bit longer!

I went to see The Iron Lady (Meryl Streep is great! Give her another Oscar, now!) and The Ides of March (Ryan Gosling, I like you even with your shirt on ;-)).

So, that was more or less my first month of this year. It’s not bad, but I could have done a lot more. Especially regarding my translation related projects…I would say that’s what February’s for.

I also wrote very little in here, and I know that saying “I will write more” won’t do. So, I’m not  just saying that I’ll write more, but I’m going to do it by posting every day. It worked with my advent calendar, let’s see if I can make it work once again.

Happy February everyone!

Snow On the Windmills – day 2

Still not snowing here in Milan (not yet!), but WordPress has provided its bloggers with a very cool and snowy feature. So let it snow here on Noises and sweet airs, let it snow on the windmills!

The picture was taken in July, and maybe snow is a bit out-of-place. But the weather in the Netherlands can be quite strange, so…let it snow! let it snow! let it snow!

Another One-Way Ticket

Last Friday was moving day. Early in the morning, the movers came to the apartment to pick up our things. Boxes full of clothes, books, kitchen items and stuff. Then we had to clean up the apartment and leave.

When we got to the station to catch the train to the airport, I remembered that it had been there, at the train station two years before, that we told each other OK. Let’s move here. Let’s try. We then learned that it was not the right attitude. Do or don’t. There’s no trying.

But anyway…there we were, moving again after two years in the Netherlands. Back to Italy, this time. And now we’re here in Milan. Kind of picking up things where we left them, but also starting anew.

I’m not really missing Holland (not yet!), but I quite enjoyed living in Delft (even though I had my ups and downs!). I should probably write something about what I enjoyed the most, what I learned, what I liked, what I didn’t like. And I’ll do. Sooner or later.

So, more to come about my old life in the Netherlands and my “old-new” life here. Stay tuned!

Welcome back to Milan

I’m back in Milan for a few days. Earlier today I had to take the tram, but I didn’t have tickets, so I went to buy them.

Buongiorno, vorrei due biglietti” (Good afternoon, I would like 2 tickets) I said.

The woman at the counter looked at me with little interest and said “Non ho capito” (I didn’t understand).

Due biglietti, per favore” (Two tickets, please).

She gave me the tickets, I paid, and she gave me the change. I put everything in my bag and said, “Grazie! Buona giornata!” (Thank you! Have a nice day!).

Silence. She didn’t say a word.

And I’m kind of speechless too. Seriously, being nice doesn’t kill you! Where have your good manners gone? Is this a good customer service? I don’t think so!

Well, whatever. I got my tickets. I took the tram, and I went shopping. And now I’m enjoying my new shoes! And Semola is enjoying the shoebox!