Blogging, Free fiction

I went down a million stairs, arm in arm with you

I went down a million stairs, at least, arm in arm with you.
And now that you are gone, I feel emptiness with each step I take.
Our long journey was so brief, really.
Mine still goes on, but I don’t need
any more connections, reservations,
traps, nor the scorn of those who think
reality is just what we see.
I went down a million stairs, at least, arm in arm with you,
and not because four eyes see better than two.
I did it because I knew that, among the two of us,
the only true eyes, although really blurred,
were yours.
Eugenio Montale, “Ho sceso, dandoti il braccio, almeno un milione di scale”
Translation by Elen Chase
So… Happy Valentine’s Day! I hoped I could write a Valentine’s short story, but I ran out of time, so in the end I decided to translate this beautiful poem by Eugenio Montale.
What I like the most about this poem is the way it describes the most pure, honest love without even mentioning it.
That’s the love I wish us all to experience 🙂
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What’s in a name

Today Google is wishing me a Happy Birthday. It made me smile because I had completely forgotten that today was Elen’s Birthday.

Elen is me, and at the same time she’s another person: Elen is that part of me that turns on the computer after working for 8 hours every day to write stories that maybe nobody will ever read, but she’s happy like this anyway.

Continue reading “What’s in a name”

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The last day of holiday

L’Epifania tutte le feste porta via

In Italy, the 6th of January represents the last day of Christmas Holidays: the Feast of the Epiphany.

A very old Italian legend says that during the night of the 5th of January an old, witch-like woman riding a flying broom will go deliver candies to the children who have been good during the year, and coal to the children who have been bad.

The Befana – this is the witch’s name – has been part of the Italian tradition long before Santa Claus, even though rumors among the children say that the two of them are secretly married. Continue reading “The last day of holiday”

Backintherain, Blogging

Wait… is it Christmas already?

“I’m positive I’ll be back with new content in November,” I said in October… and here I am now (I know, I’m a bad person).

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Blogging, Writing Challenge

Komorebi – my ‘Shinrin Yoku’ challenge

Once again thank you to Ray for her new challenge, this time based on the nourishment from the nature.

I live in Florence, Italy, but no matter how beautiful this city is, there’s almost no nature here. You can find some really nice places in the country outsite the city, but for me nothing’s like the wild, amazing landscapes of south Italy.

I was born and raised in the Calabria region, where the sea and the mountains are extremely easy to reach from every city (in more or less 20 minutes by car).

The Sila (this is how the last part of the Appennino is called) offers wide, wild places where there is nothing but trees. No internet, no phone line, no nothing! It’s the perfect place to relax and just be with nature. Continue reading “Komorebi – my ‘Shinrin Yoku’ challenge”

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Getting ready for the Bologna Children’s book fair

I’m back!! Sorry I haven’t been updating my blog this week, but I had some really tough days at work. As you probably know by now, I work an office job in Florence, Italy. I was an event planner, but my bosses change their minds easily on what we’re doing so in two years I’ve been an event planner, a training-courses organizer, a normal secretary, a translator/interpreter, a promoter and the referent of a website. Currently, I’m all these things together.

At the same time, I try to realize my dream of becoming a writer and this blog is what keeps me on track and makes me want to write something new every day. Continue reading “Getting ready for the Bologna Children’s book fair”