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Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Pisa July 9th 2021

THE ABSENCE OF INSTANT GRATIFICATION IN ITALIAN SOCIETY For me, the way food is served at the McDonald's at Pisa train station represents the society I grew up in and university life. Opportunities seemed readily available as is food on the Mcdonalds menu, we didn't have to wait so long to achieve the things we wanted in life and society imposed few limits on our lives. And when we did achieve, we achieved big things. I think for our generation very little felt outside of our possibilities when we were aged under 25. Here in Italy, the society seems very different to how it is in the UK, in that, it imposes limits and like Italian food, its possibilities are delivered bit by bit, slowly and in small portions like Italian food, which is of course, ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Pisa July 9th 2021

OLD TUSCANY HABITS I visited Giardino Scotto where I could work on a table in the shade. This time students from the Pisan theater were rehearsing dance routines and in a week or so the same outdoor venue will become an outdoor cinema in the evening. I always visit Eurospin which is a low cost supermarket chain but I find the quality of the food is much higher than such supermarkets such as the coop, for example. I nearly always eat a Pizza Margherita at Moise pizza place when I come back to Pisa. It still remains my favourite pizza so much so that even my friend Francesco didnt get me to eat it with Bufala cheese. I'll only eat the original Margherita! ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence July 9th 2021

During the last three visits to the Questura in Florence I've seen the same British people at the Questura, and whilst waiting for our appointments we have long conversations about our individual situations and the impact Brexit is having on our lives. The couple I see often are now having to drive their British car back to Britain to sell it as it is now illegal to drive a British car in Italy without Italian license plates and nobody here will buy a right hand drive. But the Italian government unlike other European governments haven't finished the administration for it. The couple will need to buy an Italian car. ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Empoli July 9th 2021

OLD HABITS I almost always visit Empoli when I need to go to Florence from Pisa by train. I take the same regional train routes (Florence to Pisa) and (Pisa to Florence) Mainly, I visit my bank in Empoli called Banca Cambiano which ever since the first lockdown happened, has had a disordered queue of customers outside. The conversation always remains lively outside the bank as every new person who joins the queue has to ask ' who is the last one' or ' chi e l'ultimo?' because it is never obvious as to where the queue ends, and sometimes where it begins. Queues in a straight line, anywhere in Italy seem to be very rare, based on my experience. This always brings a new person into the conversation, which usually begins in the same way ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Livorno July 9th 2021

I had a 4 day break in Pisa which I did because I had an appointment with the Questura in Florence, to pick up my biometric Italian residency card. In the beginning, it seemed like an arduous duty. In the end, I did far more pleasurable things than visiting the Questura to pick up my residency card, and without expecting it, is was as enjoyable as my second to last break, which I took in Venice. This trip was a mixture of enjoying new activities, cherishing the old ones and making the most of friendships which I'd already made during my past trips here. ... read more
Ferry crossing : Palermo to Livorno

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo July 8th 2021

Moringa oleifera - a tree with nutritional, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Catha edulis - whose fresh leaves when chewed reduce physical fatigue, appetite, and increase alertness. Hypericum perforatum - with antidepressant and antiviral properties. Withania somnifera - whose active ingredients have hypnotic effects and also favour the expulsion of kidney stones. Papaya - whose scientific name is Carica Papaya, is a tree from Central America, known for its edible and papain - rich fruits, an active ingredient with proteolic functions. THEMES ●Medicinal plants ●Papaya TERMINOLOGY ●hypnotic effects - sleep inducing effects ●papain - proteolytic enzyme extracted from the raw fruit of the papaya plant ●proteolic functions - breaking down of proteins into amino acids REFERENCES APP: The Botanical Garden of Palermo ... read more

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo July 8th 2021

Carolina Greenhouse (Winter garden) The Greenhouse is home to many tropical and subtropical species, one of which I found very interesting. It is called the 'Sensitive Mimosa'. It reacts in real time to touch, wind or fire stress. The main reason for this phenomenon is to protect themselves against phytophagous plant eating insects. Once the insects arrive on the leaf, the leaf closes in on itself, causing the leaf stem to bend downwards making the insects inevitably fall to the ground. The same happens with wind related stress; in this case, the plant avoids defoliation. After a few minutes, once the wind has ceased, the leaf returns to its original position. THEMES ■Mimosa TERMS ■phytophagus insects - insects which feed on green plants ■defoliation - removal of leaves REFERENCES APP: ■ The Botanical Garden of Palermo ... read more

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo July 8th 2021

The term 'succulent' corresponds to 'cacti', the word most commonly used to define these species that include a significant number of plants belonging to different families, such as Euphorbiaceae, Aizoaceae, Crassulaceae, Agravaceae, Aloaceae, Asclepiadaceae, Asteraceae, Apocynaceae, and Cactaceae, which are in fact the cacti. The characteristic all these plants share is their remarkable resistance to drought due to the presence of water inside them. TERMS ■cacti REFERENCES APP: ■ The Botanical Garden of Palermo ... read more

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo July 8th 2021

The Ficus sycomorus, Sycamore Fig is a tree native to Africa and the Middle East. It is appreciated for its fruit and its shade. In Ancient Egypt, the light and resistant wood of the Sycamore figure tree was used for the construction of the sarcophagi. The wood was also used to extract stone blocks from the rock. The shape of the block to be extracted was drawn and holes were made along the perimeter in which wedges of Sycamore wood were inserted, and repeatedly wetted, so that they become swollen causing the detachment of the block. TERMS ■the sarcophagi - a coffin carved in stone either buried or displayed above ground REFERENCES APP: ■ The Botanical Garden of Palermo ... read more

Europe » Italy » Sicily » Palermo July 7th 2021

Banyan (Ficus benghalensis) The ficus originated in India and can grow to a remarkable size. This Ficus is a national symbol of India and is considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists. It is also found in the English Garden of Palermo, where often on hot summer Sundays, entire Indian, Sri Lankan or Pakistani families gather under its foliage, resting on their bright coloured sheets and covers, feeling at home under their Banyan tree. REFERENCES APP: ■ The Botanical Garden of Palermo ... read more

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