Slow Food

In 1986 Slow Food was born in Italy with a name to directly confront the concept of fast food. It is now a global organisation and was started by Carlo Petrini from Bra, near Turin in Italy. The clip below is for those of you that speak Italian. He had already been a politically active man, he was… Read More Slow Food

Travel Induced Psychosis

Following my initial Italy infatuation and overwhelming desire to return, a friend told me about Stendahl  Syndrome.  …” psychosomatic disorder that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness,fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to an experience of great personal significance, particularly viewing art“.  (Wikipedia). This has been common in Florence for decades. Wiki elaborates… Read More Travel Induced Psychosis

Home Now

I am home and feel very satisfied and content. This is a nice place to be after feeling so sad and unsatisfied after my trip in 2014. There is however a big gap now. I spent over a year planning this trip. My life was full of language classes, Italian movies and documentaries, working hard… Read More Home Now

From the Old World to the New : Italian Immigration to New Zealand

New Zealand has a mapped and written history since around 1700 when the great explorers started sailing to the South Pacific. Prior to that Maori have occupied this land, Aotearoa, for at least 700 years, quite possibly longer. That is still only a maximum of 1000 years or less of human occupation.   The built… Read More From the Old World to the New : Italian Immigration to New Zealand