The snow ball

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There is a very common trick on snowballs play fields, somebody told me a few days ago. Somebody launches a ball up in the air towards someone else. While the fellow is focusing on the ball coming slowly down from the ski, for few seconds totally forgets about the “enemy” and then receives another ball, faster, bigger and worse, right on his/her face.

This happened in Paris, and today again in Brussels. And actually it happened even in New York.

The circle is getting closer, many friends of mine were there today, and luckily I know everybody is fine. Not the same for some tens of people and families. Casualties are between 25-30 declared by European authorities and 230 claimed by the so-called IS.

The first ball was at the airport, so many people in line at the desks, any security at the entry doors. It’s weird that you can’t enter the airport in Nairobi, Tripoli, Addis Abeba, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, as far as I know..before you passed the security check, but you can almost everywhere in Europe.

The second ball was after one hour, in a crowded and narrow metro station close to the EU buildings, right in the face, not at the heart, of Europe.

Ils parlent tous jour de securite’ mais je crois ils ne savent pas ce que’ils font..

But the point is that this game is not fair, there aren’t only two snowballs, but many, and many players against a team looking totally lost and naive, like the Brazil team at after 5 scores in 30 minutes from Germany.

Can we predict the next one? Can we stop it? can we fence everything out? Je ne crois pas.

Can we stop the causes? the weapons traffic? the neutral governments selling weapons? those making business with the worse criminal government? the greed for power and money? the abuse of religious and political pretext?

Can we make everybody feel so good that he/she would never support anything like this?

I’m tired of these discourses.


Anni di piombo

Un incontro casuale con un giornalista in un noto magazzino di mobili svedesi (io non lo avrei riconosciuto ma qualcuno me lo ha presentato :)) richiama in superficie le trame di vicende che negli anni 70 dilaniarono l’Italia, e tra stragi e vendette coinvolsero gente comune, anarchici, poliziotti, politici, giornalisti, servizi segreti, criminalita’.. mandanti, esecutori, vittime e innocenti…sembra la trama di un libro giallo, ma la realta’ fu piu’ complessa e piu’ feroce

noi eredi di quella realta’ quasi non ne sappiamo niente, studiamo gli egizi e Napoleone, ma non conosciamo i nostri piu’ diretti “padri” ..”Tutti siamo figli di qualcuno”, ma siamo anche figli di coloro le cui azioni cambiarono il corso della storia.

la nostra preoccuazione moderna e’ invece il condominio e anche un famoso conduttore televisivo ha affermato che di questo dovrebbero trattare i talk shows..

Senza aver capito gli anni di piombo, attentiamo contro gli altri … per il colore delle tende da sole.





Once upon a time, there were farmers in Engaruka, Tanzania, who created a very efficient and articulated irrigation system from the river Engaruka, but at one point the society collapsed. WHAT happened? Archeologist and environmental scientists have been studied it for the last 30 years, but a conclusive explanation has not been found yet…climate change, environment degradation, population growth, conflicts..what happened??

"Engaruka map" di Ignoto - Con licenza CC BY-SA 3.0 tramite Wikimedia Commons -“Engaruka map” Unknownn author – licence CC BY-SA 3.0 at Wikimedia Commons –

we chose this story to show up the our research group activities at Yornight, the European night of researchers and engage kids in playing with water and an irrigation model, to simulate the effect of rainfall (climate) and forest on water flow..

can the study of the past teach us something about the future?

“forested” sponges worked perfectly as gates to divert the water, showing the importance of forests in draining water.

No surprise, lots of fun in playing with water!!

can young generation find solutions for the planet Earth?



my first 40s ..

Mamma mia!! here I am…

mid-way of my life, according to my country life length expectancy even less..

I achieved this target after 2 very intense and tiring months in Eastern Africa, and I wouldn’t be sure I really wanted to have more years like that!!


A dip into contrastingly wonderful Italy has cheered me up, specially for being with my family, old and new friends, and looking ahead into my future life where maybe the bundle of home, job, family and love in 3 different continents will be sorted out (..UK is a separate continent).

I’ve lived some different lifes in quite different places to date..but I still haven’t found what I’m looking for, probably because what was lost is forever and will never come back.

But I understood that what I have here and now is more important than whatever was in the past or could be elsewhere in the future…

Unusual Africa

This use to be the face of Africa in the 70s-80s: Zaire is there, Eritrea is not. africa

Landscape in the highlands  looks more similar to northern Europe than to Africa


German mission: the gas station


Italian mission: old machines park

trattore A tea plantation at sunset teaplantation

Little Britain

After living in England continuously for 3 months  I start understanding many things..

the British longing for exotic places, where the sun shines, food is colorful and tasty, life is alive, streets are crowded and people greet and smile..


the British commitment to conserve wildlife and nature all over the world..


the British passion for an alcoholic drink (beer) that was invented just because at Viking time people used to shit just next to their water sources (which pushed civilization backwards more than 1000 years compared to what achieved by Greek and Romans, who used to build aqueduct and sewers)

the British sense of decency that just disappears after 5pm….

try to buy a pair of shoes..and then you understand the meaning of “Italians being the best shoes designer in the world”..

try to buy some (local or not) fruit..and then you understand why brownie, scones and rice crisps biscuits are the favoured sweets..

try to buy bread..and then you wonder why they don’t share the common trait of wonderful bakeries across northern Europe ..

try to buy local and independent, and then you just realise what globalisation and corporations are..

try to rent a house, and then… you just can’t understand ..

On the other hand, I can try all this because this  country is giving me an opportunity, despite of my origin, sex, religions, background, recommendation, or however I go dressed to work..


Here you feel that certain constraints of religion, tradition, nepotism, don’t matter at all.

if my country did not know what to do with my skillls, those my government actually payed for, here it’s the opposite. and that’s why many Italians and other nationalities are here (14 nationalities in this gathering).IMG-20150510-WA0009

but Little Britain is changing also on this side, and last election results are scaring. It seems the “CCTV control, safety and security” wing is winning on the “intellectual freedom and transparency”.


10 things I’m grateful for -10 cose di cui sono grata

A week ago I was talking with a friend and I told her I am always complaining about my life.

she asked me: “Tell me 10 things you are grateful for..” ..she’s a life coach
I hardly made it to count 10 things…but then I thought about my last year, and here are my 10 things I’m grateful for…and because I think this is an important list to share, I’ll write it lso in Italian.

1) LIFE (this is always at first place, every day, every year)

– VITA (sempre al primo posto)

Very simpe: how lucky I am to be alive!!!IMG_2929

Molto semplice: quanto sono fortunata a essere viva.

2) Family – Famiglia

No matter how many times we discussed, and we’ll always do so.., my family is always there for (1024x683)

 Non importa quanto discutiamo, e sarà sempre così.., la mia famiglia c’è sempre per me.

3) Love – Amoreimgo

Yes, at the end of the day, Love is all we need.

Alla fine, tutto ciò di cui abbiamo bisogno è amore.


My friends are scattered all over the world, but our hearts are close. (so scattered I don’t even have a photo of them!)

Anche se i miei amici sono sparsi ovunque, siamo sempre vicini nel cuore. (così sparsi che non ho nemmeno una foto di tutti loro!)

5) NATURE – Natura

almost touching them.. (better not trying!)

IMG_2903pareva di toccarli.. (meglio non provare)


Last year I traveled across all Tanzania, with my job –IMG_0253

Il mio lavoro mi ha fatto viaggiare per tutta la Tanzania l’anno scorso.

7) HOME – Casa


Finally I have a den site! –  Alla fine ho una tana!

8) Brompton!

A foldable bike is no price..

DSC_0124 (1280x720) Una bici pieghevole non ha prezzo..

9) Mountains & Sea scapes ..  Mari e Monti

I live sourrunded by people who can only dream about this, while for me it’s just there at my place!


Molte delle persone accanto a me possono solo sognare di visitare questi posti, mentre per me sono casa mia!


All people I’ve met and gave me so much!

???????????????????????????????La gente che ho incontrato e mi ha dato tanto!