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.

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The last day of holiday

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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”

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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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Let’s stay awake this September, Billie

My “Fragment of blue” week has ended, and with it my Summer has ended as well. I’m back to Florence and to my 8-hours day job, but at least I recharged my batteries and came back feeling positive and creative.

According to my colleagues it’s not going to last – I work in that “ain’t nepotism a b**ch” kind of company – but hey, we do live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world!

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