Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Snaps from Milan: Stazione Centrale

One of the entrances to Milan's main train station, Stazione Centrale. The current station was opened in 1931 in Piazza Duca d'Aosta, replacing the first Milano Centrale station which had been opened in 1864.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Song of The Week

A muso duro is the single that has been released to raise funds for the areas hit by earthquakes in Emilia earlier this year. It features all of the artists who took part in the Italia loves Emilia concert which was held on the 22nd of November.

Monday, November 19, 2012

The problem with plugs

Without this little white thing I wouldn't be able to watch tv!

One thing I just can't understand is why all Italian plugs and sockets aren't the same.

I mean, is it really that difficilt to have one size for everything? Or am I missing something? It's just in the UK I never had this problem...

I don't even know how many adapters I have in my house anymore. And that's not even counting the ones I have for the things I bought over from the UK and haven't been bothered to change (yes, I know, I'm lazy). As far as my Italian appliances go, I've got one for the tv, one for the coffee machine, one for the kettle... Their original plugs don't fit in the sockets. Yet some things are fine, like my little electric oven for example, that plugs into one of the sockets I've got in the kitchen without any problems.

Last week I got a new fridge delivered - pretty much at the crack of dawn I'd like to add - and in order for the plug to be able to fit in the socket the delivery men had to use the nearest adapter they could find, which was the one I had for the tv, which was unplugged at the time. So that now means I'm technically one adapter down. This morning in order to dry my hair I had to steal my computer's adapter, a lot of going back and forward I could have done without first thing in the morning! (Like I said, I'm lazy).

I guess I can file this under 'Even the smallest things about life in Italy can be surprisingly difficult/annoying/inconvenient'.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Word of The Week

Il cappello - hat

Winter has well and truly arrived in Milan and people are starting to wear their winter hats. Interestingly the word for hat is almost identical to the word for hair, as in one of the hairs on your head. Hat is cappello and an individual hair is capello, with one p. It's certainly caused me some confusion in the past!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Song of The Week

Jovanotti's back! Tensione Evolutiva is one of the eight new songs contained on his Backup - Lorenzo 1987-2012 greatest hits album, which will be released on the 27th of November.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Snaps from Milan

The statue of Leonardo da Vinci in Piazza della Scala. The monument was unveiled in 1872, and was later moved to its current location after the completion of the Galleria.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Word of The Week

La nebbia - fog

Milan has a reputation for being a very foggy city. During the winter months once the sun sets it seems like the fog seeps out of the buildings, magically appearing at dusk. It makes for a very eery atmosphere!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Song of The Week

Passacaglia is the first single from Franco Battiato's new album Apriti sesamo, which was released on the 23rd of October.