I've buzzed past the Colosseum on a Vespa, witnessed the Palio in Siena, swum in crystal-clear water off Sardinia. But it was the passeggiata in Siracusa that really brought it home, that made the word 'Italy' one of the few that can instantly erase lines from my forehead. It ain't perfect, of course. Driving in Italy is hairy; the difference between romance and real life in places like Naples and Sicily can be jarring, and tourist crowds are pushing Venice towards crisis. But who wants perfection? That would be boring - one thing Italy could never be. From David to the Dolomites, the Aeolian Islands to the Amalfi Coast, we've tried to capture its essence in our travel pages. Impossible? Absolutely. But it's the perfect excuse to go back... Buon viaggio! - Pól Ó Conghaile 1. Take a Fiat 500 tour in Rome Want to experience the iconic craziness of Italian driving while feeling like you’re starring a 1950s Cinecittà Studios movie? Make those dreams come true with a … [Read more...] about The Italian Bucket List: 25 things to do in Italy before you die!
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I was choking. Looking around me, the ever increasing amount of buildings crept closer, the dust filling my lungs and no shade wherever I went looking for it. The scorching sun, warmer than ever before, made me want to go near the sea. However, the chaotic traffic to get there and the litter that surrounded the sea made me flee back to safety, behind the walls of my apartment. This was two weeks ago. I had a hard time understanding this feeling of choking, something I hadn't experienced before. I felt out of breath and my energy levels went down. I later on realised that it was anxiety. Normally, when you are anxious about something you can process it alone or with the help of a professional. In my case, the biggest part of these feelings of anxiety is not caused by things I can process and feel better afterwards. You see, the issue is that the things that caused my anxiety are still very present due to people in charge of our country not doing what they should do - prioritize the … [Read more...] about Escaping the frontline
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I have always been passionate about the disability sector. It goes back to some thirty or so years ago when I used to hitchhike two or three times a week from the Siggiewi Pjazza to go toDar tal-Provvidenza, first as part of a community work programme I was involved in and later because I had developed some beautiful friendships that I treasure till this day. After that, I studied, researched, worked, published inthe field of disability, always recognising that as an ally I have a role to accompany disabled people who are left at the margins of society. I caught up with Dr Anne Marie Callus, Senior Lecturer, Head of the UM ACCESS Disability Support Unit and Acting Head of the Department of Disability Studies within the Faculty for Social Wellbeing. With Dr Callus, I spoke on whether there is more acceptance of disabled people now than half a century ago. She saidthat there is more realization that the difficulties faced by disabled people do not arise solely from their … [Read more...] about We need to start from the disabled person’s aspirations
It was like a royal wedding street party with a difference. One difference being that there was no street, just a gaggle of huts on a South Pacific island. The other being that those partying regarded the groom’s granddad the Duke of Edinburgh, not as a cantankerous, gaffe-prone senior royal, but as the son of god. In the village of Yaohnanen, on the island of Tanna in the archipelago republic of Vanuatu, Prince Philip is worshipped as a sort of Messiah, the son of their ancestral mountain god. Prince Philip: revered as the son of a god (Hannah McKay - WPA Pool/Getty Images) Which meant that while there were some signs of indifference in Britain, 10,000 miles away in the South Pacific Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding was celebrated with dancing, Union Flags and feasting on “many, many pigs”. That is, once the message had got through to the villagers – who tend not to bother with modern electronic communications systems – that the … [Read more...] about Islanders who worship Duke of Edinburgh celebrate royal wedding by eating ‘many, many pigs’