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Travels #1

gennaio 12, 2009

The Netherlands is famous for numerous things: cheese, tulips, bikes, marijuana, red light districts…

Specially in Italy, people think that Netherlands is an Eden because of the coffee shops and the legal prostitution, but during these five months I discovered that Netherlands is more than these superficial things.
In my opinion, The Netherlands is a special Country, inhabited by friendly and open minded people.

19 wind mills

19 wind mills

Big and smiley windows seem to say “you are welcome”, little houses on two floors could surprise you, nineteen wind mills on a river leave you breathless, Amsterdam by night is

Strange thing

Strange thing

amazing, everywhere strange little thing could always make you smile.

The Netherlands is little and it‘s easy to make cheap trips in few time, by train or by car. I travelled a lot in all the Country (I miss only the North) and every city is awesome.
The tour to west was a good way to let us know something about the habits and to see some characteristic place.
Den Haag is indescribable with the Parliament on the water and lots of fantastic towers.
Delft is little and particular, everywhere you can find blue and white hand-thrown souvenirs: tulips, wind mills, children…
But the best is Gouda. A cute small town where we made our own candles. That day there was a street market in the main square; it was perfect because I love street market and also because there was the sun all the day.

Den Haag

Den Haag

Delftù

Delft

Gouda

Gouda

A part of this, I was also in Utrecht, Amsterdam and Maastricht.
Amsterdam is the most amazing city I’ve ever seen in my life. I’ll leave a little piece of my heart in Amsterdam, for ever.

Vondelpark
Amsyterda, Dam square

Amsyterda, Dam square

Vondelpark

Utrecht is really cute, I think is like a little Amsterdam, but more quiet, with lots of students.ù

Utrecht

Utrecht

Maastricht…is strange. Everybody told me is wonderful, but I was there in Christmas time and I didn’t like so much. It’s nice, but in my opinion is too commercial, with too much shops.

Maastricht

Maastricht

In sum, I’m in love with The Netherlands.

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Crazy men!

gennaio 12, 2009

In my apartment there are one crazy Spanish guy and one crazy Italian guy: David and Andrea.
You can imagine: crazy + crazy = madness.
They are like fools in a castle and they entertain us with crazy songs, stupid jokes and much fantasy.
You can see, if you don’t trust me:

Italian and Spanish people…I love them!

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Cold war

gennaio 12, 2009

In the first lesson of iEARN, with Roland Kok, we talked a little bit about Cold war.
Why it was called “cold war”?
The Cold War was the state of conflict, tension and competition that existed between the United State (US) and the Soviet Union (USSR) and their respective allies from the mid-1940s until 1989s, when was broken the Berlin wall. Throughout this period, rivalry between the two superpowers was expressed through military coalitions, propaganda, espionage, weapons development, industrial advances, and competitive technological development, for example the space race.
The most important feeling in that period was the fear. There was no war between the two superpowers, but only local wars between the allies, for example South Korea vs. North Korea, Vietnam vs. US, Afghanistan vs. USSR.
Everybody thought that it was the beginning of a new world war, fortunately the crisis was solved.
But now, if we analysed our historical period we could find almost the same situation, i.e. fear everywhere: fear to fly, fear to go in Muslim Countries, fear to meet new people, new cultures, fear of a nuclear war. And again the USA are part of this “conflict”.
There’s something wrong.
Why couldn’t we live in real situation of peace?
Why should we have fear everywhere, everyday, for everything?
We are in a period of cold war, again, but nobody wants admit it.
My sensation is that nobody wants to find a solution, every Country is searching out the strife. That’s the problem.

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Italian protests

gennaio 12, 2009
Protest rome

Protest rome

For the first time someone asked us which kind of disadvantages we, Erasmus students, have here, and for the first time I thought what I really miss: off course my friends, not so much my family and unexpectedly the Italian society.
I’m constantly thinking that I’m missing an important historical period for my Country. In Italy, finally, something is changing: the people are protesting, the government doesn’t know what to do to reduce the strikes and it’s using the power to control the situation: police, army and threats. But this is not a solution.
I decided to come here also to escape from a sort of democracy that in reality is a dictatorship; the Italian political situation is vary bad: no space for free opinion, censorship and corruption. Bad things for someone who wants to be a journalist.
But now I really feel that people are woke up and I really would like to be there to protest, to be part of my Country, part of a new society.
But I’m here, to study something not interesting for me, to learn subject about school and children in the same moment in which Italian students and teachers are protesting against a stupid law that will change our educational system: only one teacher for primary school, less money for university, personnel cut, increasing taxes for the school and university…
I’m missing protest’s atmosphere. This situation makes me a little bit sad.

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Five days – no energy!

gennaio 12, 2009

I’ m tired but happy, really happy.
Games, parties, creativity moments, fun, friends, Dutch people, children and alcohol: that was the camp.
But the last day, in the school I couldn’t forget the stupid question: “what am I doing here?”
In the school, with the children, it was very funny, but my feelings of  inadequateness were very strong, too much strong.
And I thought “this is not my place, I don‘t know what to do, I don‘t know why to do this”.
Fortunately Bernadet gave me a good news: there is a practice for me in a magazine!
Yahooooooooooooooooooooooo!
Finally I’m going to do something for my career, something for me.
I’ m very happy for this!

Erasmus students + dutch students

Erasmus students + dutch students

nature

nature

dutch teachers

dutch teachers

But then, months later I knew that there was no place and I didn’t do my practice. Anyway I stopped to feel guilty because I wasn’t doing anything for ma career, because I understood that I was doing something for my personality, for my growth, for myself.

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Convention on the rights of children, 1989

ottobre 29, 2008

Art. 7: Right of nationality:

1. The child shall be registered immediately after birth and shall have the right from birth to a name, the right to acquire a nationality and, as far as possible, the right to know and be cared for by his or her parents.

2. States Parties shall ensure the implementation of these rights in accordance with their national law and their obligations under the relevant international instruments in this field, in particular where the child would otherwise be stateless.

Italy has signed this convention as well, but why doesn’t the government make it real?
I can’t understand!
A lot of gipsy people traditionally don’t register their children. In my opinion, the government must control that it doesn’t happen, instead in Italy our first minister Berlusconi decided that these people and children without nationality have to go away from the country. But, if they are stateless, where could they go? I think that Italian government has to register these people, all above the children, save them from the street and give them some hope for the future.
It’s a political opinion, I know, but the right part of our government is racist and I can’t accept this situation because it doesn’t represent myself.
Sometimes I feel ashamed to be Italian!

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Dutch lessons

ottobre 4, 2008

Every Monday we, Erasmus students, meet Nicole Hurkmans, a very nice woman who teaches us Dutch language and culture.

I like to study Dutch!

I studied at the linguistic high school and I learnt English, French and just a little bit of German. I love to learn different kind of langueges and Dutch, now, will be one more in my background. I think that Dutch language is very similar to German language for pronounciation, some rule and some word as well, so it’s not so difficult for me…I hope!