We are those who have grown up feeling part of a bigger plan. Those who saw their countries prosper with the construction of the European Union. We saw new highways, airports and high-speed trains being built thanks to the common effort. We saw important cultural heritage being taken care of with everyone’s determination. We could … Continue reading We are Europe’s children
On the occasion of the International Day of Happiness celebrated on 20 March, let’s have a closer look at the latest lifestyle guides which are increasingly flooding the shelves of our bookshops. From Scandinavia to Asia, they all promise to bring you happiness through wellbeing, inner peace, and the discovery of your purpose in life. The … Continue reading Hygge, Lagom, Ikigai, Wabi-Sabi: what’s your happiness approach?
“Let’s see whether the United States is capable of acting according to its important values, or whether it is, as so many people are saying, run by the misguided short-term interests of large corporations. I hope that Congress can protect net neutrality, so I can continue to innovate in the internet space. I want to … Continue reading Adieu To The Internet, The Last Frontier
A couple of weeks ago I attended a lecture in Het Nieuw Instituut in Rotterdam by Simona Levi, one of the people behind Xnet. Her intervention was a bit chaotic, something quite distinctive of artists (she is a theatre director) but at the same time it was a clear, inspiring and entertaining lecture. Her sense … Continue reading A new Democracy
I have recently realised, me who hardly ever watch any series, that I’m totally hooked to Girls, the series created by Lena Dunham. I know, it was first released in 2012, so I’m a bit late, as with so many things in my life. Girls is a comedy about a group of girls in their … Continue reading Girls
Last weekend was Black Friday, a phenomenon which only a couple of years ago most of us, living in countries far from the United States, had never heard about. Then suddenly you wake up one cold morning of November to see it everywhere; on emails from on line shops displaying amazing offers, on signs outside … Continue reading Are you sure you want to buy that?
Two weeks ago I moved to a new place I can call home. It would have not been possible without the help of so many people. Marco took a week off and flew Milan-Amsterdam to come and work, Gonçalo juggled his weekend time to paint some walls, Manon practised her comprehensive skills to whatever task, … Continue reading Finding a place called home
We are living difficult times. Europe, the continent where I live, is witnessing a summer of change, at a very fast pace. Some 17 million British people voted to get out of the EU. It will take years but Brexit means Brexit, says the newly appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May. France … Continue reading 2016 – The Summer of Change
I truly believe that sport and culture share strong ties. More precisely, that our own culture has an impact on the way and type of sport we practise. So many other factors have to be taken into account to define one’s relationship with sport, but I am convinced that the country we were born in … Continue reading Different stories, one passion: running the NN CPC Loop Den Haag Half-Marathon
Even the sun turns pale to the horror of the Paris attacks. I am afraid of the people who have lost the love for life, but the only possible answer to avoid the spiral of hate is to help. We should pay homage to the dead, help the victims who have lived those moments. We are … Continue reading Mourning the victims of the Paris attacks