Category Archives: Drinks

Swedish Christmas/New year’s glögg

Alright everyone, best wishes and all that! Partyyyyy! As it’s almost the end of the year, I’d like to see you all off to 2016 with a highly alcoholic recipe. It only seems appropriate, right? Once again, and probably for … Continue reading

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A gift from Our Guy

I have a guy. Or rather: our flat has a guy. Here in Italy, everyone has a guy. In most countries, having a guy means having someone who goes around breaking the kneecaps of people who owe you money or … Continue reading

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The post-Venice blues remedy

Last weekend I was in Venice, and now I’m depressed. (By depressed I mean ‘a little sad’.) It’s a strange cause and effect, at first sight, but it’s easily explained: I’m depressed because I live in Turin, and I don’t … Continue reading

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The Imaginary Invalid, and their Dodgy Medicine

It’s February, it’s cold, it’s flu season, here and everywhere else in Europe, I imagine. Flu season brings with it a new and interesting cultural experience: here in the South of Europe, people have a distinctly different approach to health … Continue reading

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Mountain regions’ novelties

As a recent immigrant to Italy, and a first-time resident in Turin, I’m on this grand spiritual journey of discovery. Everything’s pretty new to me, because I never stayed in this part of Italy before and actually I never really … Continue reading

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Unemployed smoothie maker

A few years ago I worked for a catering company. We catered for all sorts of parties and events, but the best weekend of the year was a flower festival near where I stay. A whole bunch of rich people … Continue reading

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Scotland, or: The great indoors

Being a Dutch person living in Scotland, studying Italian, I frequently find myself defending any one of these three countries if they’re being slagged off by inhabitants from the other two. I’m afraid I’m gonna have to put it out … Continue reading

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