Italy

Where are you from?

Where are you from?

When abroad, the most popular opening line is: “Where are you from?”After answering the question, provided you’re not from the same country, conversation often continues about what one knows about the other’s country.Below is a list of clichés experienced travelers from various countries have to deal with and are actually fed up with. Australia: “Put [...]

Basic Italian for Thai

Basic Italian for Thai

The other week in my hotel we got six Italian people, few of them being able to speak English, so I thought it would a good idea to teach the reception some basic words and counting. Having learned Italian without books I made some writing errors. Unfortunately one Italian came down and went improving on [...]

The life of Micha

The life of Micha

Micha One of the cottages in Palò Micha is the only permanent inhabitant of Palò, situated near Lake Ledro, Italy. Palò consists of a dozen of barns, mostly being renewed to summer cottages. According to an owner of a cottage in the village, Micha was thrown out of a car around the new millenium and found a [...]

Lira still in use in Italy

Lira still in use in Italy

Although it’s over eight years ago now when  in most countries in West Europe the Euro came in use overnight at New Year 2002. Some shops in Italy are still using the Italian Lira as a reference, probably this is intended for older people still calculating back to their trusted currency, which represents 1936 Lire for one [...]

Salò or 120 minutes of shopping

Salò or 120 minutes of shopping

Salò in 120° The city of Salò is situated North-East of lake Garda. Today I visited Salò for an hour or two.Salò and surroundings formed an independent fascist republic during the end of the second world war, called the Republic of Salò. It was the last stronghold of Mussolini and his fascist government, the South being liberated by the Allied [...]

Got milk?

Got milk?

Seen in Bezzecca, Trento, Italy, a milk vending machine called ‘Latteria’ which offers fresh milk for € 1,- per Liter or $ 4.63 per Gallon, anyway cheaper than gasoline over here.On the left you can buy bottles too; € 0,60 or $ 0.73 for a glass bottle and € 0,20 or $ 0.24 for a [...]

Free wifi banned in Italy

Free wifi banned in Italy

As far as I know, apart from North Korea, unheard of in the world, Italy managed single-handedly as a measure of counter terrorism to turn the clock 20 years back, banning free wifi hotspots and limiting the maximum time of usage.I was unaware of this fact till now, but the law, named after interior minister Giuseppe Pisanu, [...]

Draft wine

Draft wine

Seen at a the restaurant in Italy below my apartment, the left two taps offer white and red wine. So from now on besides beer one can order wine from the bottle and draft as well.

15 Striking similarities between Thaksin and Berlusconi

15 Striking similarities between Thaksin and Berlusconi

Thaksin ShinawatraThai ex-pm / Icon redshirt party Silvio BerlusconiItalian pm 1 Leader of a nationalist populistic party with the country/peoples name in it √ √ 2 Entered politics in 1994 √ √ 3 Ex-minister of foreign affairs √ √ 4 Became prime-minister in 2001 √ √ 5 Authoritarian ruler, manipulating people though rhetoric and demagogy [...]