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🇮🇹 An Italian (from Napoli) who lives in Cambridge.
Self-Love | Mental health | Wellness .. and all the magic that goes with it 😁☀️💫

Here we go! I’ve been thinking about such a space for a while and finally here I am! Dearest, whoever you are, this blog was born as a mere fooling around and outburst tool when I needed it. It has now become a place where I collect what I learn and have learned in this complicated but wonderful life journey of mine. Rule number one: create your happiness!

The idea is born from the video you can see below. The winter here at the “North North” is very hard for one who comes from a warm place full of light and colors like Naples, so I thought I would ward off the pessimism of that period by making that video (taken from a real story. 😛) Here one of the things I want to do with this blog: playing. But also showing the beauty that is around and inside ourselves, which is important. Naples, my hometown, is a blessing and a curse at the same time..and Cambridge is not bad at all. It is a very nice small city and under the sun knows how to shine.

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Hockney’s Eyes in Cambridge

David Hockney, one of the most influential and active British contemporary artists, keeps exploring and questioning the traditional way of depicting space to convey the way we see the world engaging with modern technologies. In Cambridge it is now possible to visit the exhibition ‘Hockney’s Eye’, displayed until the 29th August at the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Heong Gallery.

As its title suggests, the show illustrates pictures and picture-making as they are seen through Hockney’s eyes. A focus of the exhibition are in fact the pre-photographic devices the artist experimented with, such as the camera obscura, the camera lucida, and concave mirrors. Along with this, the visitor of the show goes through Hockney’s encounter and dialogue with the Old Masters’ historic paintings.

He claims that western art form the late Renaissance to the late nineteenth century was dominated by a camera culture, and that artists routinely made use of optical tools even before the invention of photography itself. He, however, rejects photography along with these optical systems as corresponding precisely to how we saw the world. We are mobile and emotional viewer and our filters we use to see the world through are made of memory and feelings, which are also subjectives and different for everyone.

Hundreds of Santas delivering toys to the children in hospital

This morning, in Cambridge, hundreds of Santas, elves, reindeers, and Santa’s helpers, raced motorcycles towards Addenbrook’s to deliver toys to the children in hospital.

Santa and his helpers delivering toys to the children at the Addenbrook’s Hospital in Cambridge

The event, the “Cambridge Bikers Christmas toy run” was launched in 2013, and this morning was welcomed by very surprised passers-by and motorists in the city centre (here in Hills Road).

It was an amazing spectacle that filled our eyes and hearts with joy and gratitudine. I am sure that the same has happened to all the little patients who received this magical surprise which will make their Christmas a little bit sweeter ❤️

How I became a British citizen

Dear friends, there is a very good news I need to share with you because the goal I’ve just reached fills me with joy. I have finally acquired dual Italian / British citizenship. 😁 Right now I’m feeling immensely grateful to this country that has welcomed me and raised me over the last 8 years. Naturally, the path has been long.

Happy. It was a sunny November day 🌞

How do you become a British citizen if you live in the UK? First of all, I applied for the settled status which recognized the years I lived in England and which allows foreigners to continue living in the UK after Brexit.

12 months after obtaining settled status, you can apply for citizenship for which you must prove that you have lived in the United Kingdom for at least 5 years from the date of application (I have been here since 2013); you must not have spent more than 450 days out of the country in recent years and no more than three months in the last year; of course you must not have broken any law and you must pass an English culture and history test, Life in the Uk, as well as an English language proficiency exam (unless, as in my case, you have studied here and have a Master’s degree – of which I told you about in an old article here).

If after a few months from the submission of the application they give you a positive answer, to conclude everything you participate in an official ceremony. A few days ago then I took part in this ceremony which consists of making an oath / affirmation of loyalty to the UK and the Queen and then receiving the certificate (soon I will show you that day in a reel that I will post on my instagram account).

(Obviously in the photo they took of me during the ceremony next to the photo of the Queen I looked terrible 😅 so I can’t show it to you) 🇬🇧🇬🇧

My last years as an emigrant, far from my loved ones and my beautiful previous life in Italy, have been quite hard and complicated but now I’m happy with where I am and I can say that I also love this civilized and evolved country that made me suffer and grow in equal measure.

British citizen!! 🙌🤗🇬🇧❤️

Sleep is a non-negotiable biological necessity

Matthew Walker is a neuroscientist and one of the foremost sleep experts in the world. In his book “Why we sleep” he provides essential information for each of us.

We live in a society where sleeping is absolutely not taken care of, but rather demonized and experienced as a waste of time. Nothing could be more wrong: getting little sleep causes health problems for the immune and cardiovascular systems, leads to infections, and even Alzheimer’s. I advise you to read the book or, in the meantime, for ease, to watch this short video that explains the main notions that will change the way you see sleep and also how you live.

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Hello November!

The trees are about to show us how beautiful it is to let go and make way for the new 🍃🍂

Magic

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