Saturday, June 26, 2010

Adverts from Italy 1

Every so often a genius little advert comes along, and when it does, you can help but smile when it comes on! Here's Acqua Lete's current tv ad:

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Una canzone al giorno - settimana 24

Buona domenica from a rainy Milan! Summer's officially gone into hiding!! It does mean one good thing though - being able to get a decent night's sleep!

Nesli - Riot
Club Dogo - Incubo italiano
Sottotono - Tranquillo
Marracash - Tutto questo
Fabri Fibra - Bugiardo
Inoki - Se mi vedi
Frankie Hi-NRG MC - Falso d'autore

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Una canzone al giorno - settimana 23

After yesterday's muggyness, it's a sunny and quite fresh morning in Milan!

Litfiba - Vivere il mio tempo
Piero Pelù - Io ci sarò
Franco Battiato - Voglio vederti danzare
Casinò Royale - Royale sound
Articolo 31 - Pifferaio magico
Neffa- Guerra e pace
Gemelli Diversi- Vivi per un miracolo

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Twitter

For those who follow me on Twitter I've got a shiny new account! I know the Mika spam and chatter on my original one can get a bit excessive at times, so I've created a new one for my blog - you can now follow me @welshieinitaly.

And a weather update seeing as I'm here, the sun's gone into hiding today, but it's a humid 33 degrees! Apparently thunderstorms are on their way on Monday, I hope they're right, it's so humid already!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Playing Tourist with la Mamma

It's been a busy few days for me, I'm glad today's a holiday in Italy! Thursday evening my mam arrived in Milan (after a rather epic Cardiff-Amsterdam-Milan journey) to spend a few days here. And it meant putting on my tourist hat for the long weekend!

We spent a couple of days in Milan, seeing the usual sights, doing some shopping in the centre of Milan and on Corso Buenos Aires, and a couple of days at the lakes. On Saturday we went back to a place we first went to almost two years ago, when we stayed in Bergamo for a week, Varenna on Lake Como. It's only a little place, but it's very pretty. And it's so peaceful! So quiet, so calm - the complete opposite of Milan! And the air's so clean!! There's a gelateria down by the lake, next to one of the stone staircases which leads up to the upper part of the town, decorated with colourful pillows so people can sit down to eat their gelato. This time we recreated a photo that was taken of me on those stairs, eating an icecream, almost two years on and over two stone lighter!


On Sunday we went to Desenzano del Garda. I'd actually never been to Lake Garda before (I know, I know...), but I was impressed by Desenzano. It was more like being at the seaside than a lake, not being able to see the other side of the lake helped! Even though it was Sunday almost everywhere was open, and the weather was lovely - even though we'd left a pretty miserable Milan behind! Amusingly I ordered my lunch off a German menu, it was nice being able to use it and hear it being spoken around me again. It's always fun confusing people with my multilingualism, me and my mam would speak Welsh together, I'd come out with a milanese-influenced Italian when she couldn't speak the language, and then we'd understand the English that was spoken to us perfectly. Some times people didn't know what was going on!

A rather hazy Desenzano harbour - before the sun came out!

Then on Tuesday morning she went back home, and I went back to my trying-to-act-like-a-native thing. Today's a holiday in Italy, very good timing for me - playing tourist's very tiring!!