Bye bye Italy

30 10 2013


…and nice to meet you Netherlands, Utrecht:


…and for starting with the right foot:


A new step

30 10 2013

stepping into the light

..after these 2 months of unemployment in Italy I fly today to the Netherlands where in about 10 days I will start a new career..

I cannot see much of the light out of this short “tunnel” I passed, because I still do not have a place to live and I am a little worried about a new European life different from the well known Norwegian society and lifestyle. But I am happy to restart soon to learn professionally and get into a new technology field!

Just to feel more..comfortable with the change.. I started in an old fashion: spending the night before the flight in an airport, Malpensa airport this time.

On the other hand, when I went to the interview for this job, I spent the night before, sleepless and extremely uncomfortable, in Linate airport!!

Let’s see if it will bring good luck also this time! 😉

Hell o’ Kittie live concert

29 10 2013

A few weeks ago I went to the live concern of the band where a good friend from high school time plays the bass guitar!

The band is called Hell o’ Kittie, with a logo far more sexy, interesting and, as they say, horny than the more famous brand..

Hell o' Kittie live concert
Hell o' Kittie live concert

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Wonderful time in Vicenza

28 10 2013
Riflessi a Vicenza

..can you see us in Barbara’s reflex?

..I spent a wonderful Saturday with two great friends, Barbara and Silvia, that I had not met in ages..

Now we got a chance to meet more often than once in a decade!!


20 10 2013

This morning I showed to my friends in Turin some Big Bang Theory parts, and among all, as usual the amazing video:

..and for helping to remember how to play, as usual, Wikipedia is the god!

Because, as you can imagine, it is not hat easy to remember all the rules:

A nice session with Gouttard sensei.. and with old friends in Turin!

18 10 2013

I spent last weekend in Turin: I had planned to visit my best friend Silvio and by chance I could also attend a session at Yoake dojo with Philippe Gouttard sensei.

First time I practice under his teaching and it has been a very nice experience: he worked a lot on the way uke should deliver the best kind of attack, a sincere attack that tori can use in order to perform the technique and learn also what is good or bad in the execution. As sensei said, when uke falls he/she must enjoy it as natural outcome of the movement, not like something that has been forced upon him/her.

With Gouttard sensei and Vittorio sensei

With Gouttard sensei and Vittorio sensei

Sensei pointed out as well a few errors in my movements that will certainly help me to be a better uke, and especially things that could be dangerous when practicing at higher speed with more advanced people (like harmonizing arm and body movements when receiving techniques like shihonage and nikyo ura).

I had also another first time at the seminar: first time I have to sit down during practice! OK, I’m not proud of neither my condition nor my belly, but I had always managed before to slow down keeping moving.. At this session we had probably 20 minutes of jiyuwaza changing 2-3 partner

I found a very nice interview with Philippe (wit a few videos) that tells more about his Aikido life and his personality. Furthermore, it made me think how it is important always to remember we are Western people doing an Asian martial art, therefore we have a good set of differences. As Philippe sensei says, he realized our Asian teachers are just normal human beings that are good in doing something we want to learn as well, but they are not gods, magicians or heroes! This is something some other sensei forget often, especially some Japanese ones!!

I leave you with just a couple of nice videos (of several) of Gouttard sensei in action:

The rest of the weekend turned out to be very relaxing and especially I enjoyed discovering some part of Turin that I never knew and a new word as well: the apericena in San Salvario area.

“AperiCena” is a neologism derived by the fusion of the 2 Italian words: “Aperi(tivo)” (aperitif) and “Cena” (dinner), being a nice new way to spend time with friends, enjoying a less formal meal, more various and cheaper than a typical dinner. A good example (from the net) is shown below:

Kascia Mercoledi' AperiCena 5

The apericena we had was not too different in the restaurant called Lanificio San Salvatore in San Salvario area in Turin. The area had been for a very long time mostly known for the quite high criminality, being a multicultural aggregation of people, mainly industry workers or poorer. What I have seen in the streets around the area of Lanificio in the evening is an extremely nice meeting area, with several small restaurants and bars and a small square full of young people enjoying the still not too cold evening.

A very nice weekend all together, Aikido, friends and good spirit! And tomorrow I’m going back to Torino, even if no Aikido this time! “Just” friends!!

Job offer!

14 10 2013

The company for which I had had an interview in the Netherlands (and 2-3 on the phone) called me for offering me a position.

And I accepted!

The start soon of a new adventure in a new country in a more or less new field: service and test engineer in medical devices for an established company (a change as well from my last Chinese experience at least!!).

I look forward to especially start studying the new devices and related material: good to have lots of free time like now, but my brain needs some food as well.. not only my already huge belly!