Blogs from Monza, Lombardy, Italy, Europe


Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Monza June 14th 2019

This morning we are up early. Breakfast is served from 8-10, so the old man is on his starting blocks well before 8. We paid £108 for our little motel room, so I’m expecting great things from breakfast. We get a bread basket, some cold cuts and 3 sachets of jam. After breakfast we set off for Milan. At the world’s most complicated junction, we take a wrong turn and end up on the right road in the wrong direction. To rectify the situation, we must pass through the 10 km tunnel again (twice). The issue arose at a fork. I said ‘don’t go right’ and we went right. Apparently, it’s my fault: I should have said ‘keep left’. Finally, we are heading south, or not north, depending on your point of view. Today’s drive is ... read more
Breakfast with a view
Seegarten Hotel
Seegarten Hotel

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Monza December 14th 2017

Monza is synonymous with Formula 1. A mere 12 kilometres from downtown Milan, every summer the masses descend for the Italian Grand Prix. The lure of Lewis Hamilton and an afternoon with ear plugs in wasn't on offer on a cold December morning. The plan for the morning was already in disarray. The local Government offices at the Place of Lombardy let you ascend to the top of their tower for a panoramic view for free. Well, most Sundays they do ..... but not today. A small notice affixed to the door basically said closed because it was a Bank Holiday the previous Friday. We looked skyward. The tower was crossed off the agenda and we walked down to Porta Garibaldi railway station. The whole local area is being developed. Out with old and in with ... read more
Monza Old Town Hall
Lion Bridge, Monza

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Monza February 8th 2013

For now I'm come back in Italy, at home, becouse my family needs me very near, but last period in farm has left me great memories and a future day I would be happy to come back in Australia !!!... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Monza November 11th 1999

No, it isn't regret at all. I don't believe that there is a perfect place. I will probably not stay in this country because it is just very difficult financially, and just doing things is hard. But, i don't think true happiness is about a place. I definitely am glad that I came and things are becoming progressively easier. Also, my real hopes about the trip are being realized. I am so happy to be traveling and seeing this beautiful place. We have gone to Paris, Verona, Como, Milano (of course), and we have a huge three week trip taking adventure ahead of us during the holidays which will include Venice, Florence and Rome. Plus, there is a holiday coming up in a few weeks that we will be taking advantage of--we just haven't decided where ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Monza November 11th 1999

Things here are going pretty darned well! I just got another private student tonight. She starts next week and comes to our home two times a week for lessons. I have one other student who comes one time a week. They pay 35,000 lire/hr. At my regular jobs I am getting 28,000 and 24,000/hr. So this is a bit better and it's more convenient. We went to pizza with one of my students the other night. He's from sardinia and he's absolutely lovely. His name is Pier-Giorgio. He and Ry hit it off and 4 hours passed like they were nothing. I feel very lucky to be teaching English because it has allowed me to start to get to know so many wonderful people. I feel like i am having a real cultural exchange. Today, for ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Monza October 21st 1999

English teaching is really neat--if I'm good at it, which remains to beseen. I really like my students and since they are all individuals and small groups, I get to find out about things like Italian culture and where their favorite restaurants are and such. Unfortunately, regular mail isn't safe. I had a book sent from Amazon and someone took the box (it didn't fit in the mail box so the postman left it on the floor in the lobby), ripped it open, probably realized it was in English and of no use to them, and just threw it in the elevator. Our neighbor found it and gave it to us luckily. I couldn't believe it! So, now everything has to be sent either via fedex or UPS, or specially through regular mail. I hate that ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Monza September 19th 1999

I have never been so lonely, isolated, scared or stressed in my life. I am as vulnerable and emotionally volatile as I can remember being. This is the hardest thing I have ever done. Things are up and down, up and down. I found out yesterday that I had bad information and my stay permit that runs out on Tuesday CANNOT be renewed. I left the police station and headed straight to the most grueling interview I've had in years for a teaching position that really doesn't pay all that well. I went straight home and spent the next few hours on the phone with the US consulate, the US embassy, the Irish Consulate and Charlotte. Ry and I had already begun the long and arduous process of getting married, but for the next step we ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Monza September 17th 1999

Well, I'm still planning on being here for a while. I think it's toughening me up which will bode well for my long term approach to life--but eventually, I still expect to want to go back to the states. Things are really a pain in the butt here and space is limited. I don't think I will be able to stand living in an apartment forever, you know? With music, it's a real problem. I don't like everyone watching my every move and bitching if they hear music after 9, and threatening to evict us. It's not fun for me. I'm really worn down right now. This is definitely the hardest thing I have ever done. I got a part time job teaching english and have another interview tomorrow. I'm on an emotional roller coaster---elated one ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Monza September 16th 1999

I'm making some time today. I just got a 15 hour/week job teaching English. I'm feeling better right now-but no telling how I'll feel 10 hours from now. My moods vary wildly from day to day and sometimes hour to hour. I have been really depressed for a while and I have really felt like crumpling under the stress. I have been homesick, angst ridden, and frustrated. Ry has been frustrated and frequently grumpy, and scared of trying to talk to people. It's hard. It's funny cause we send out these emails to our list of friends saying how hard it is and how stressed out we are, and they write back saying "glad to hear things are going so well, you're really living the dream." People don't want to believe that we are absolutely MISERABLE!!!! ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Monza September 13th 1999

I spent hours today on the phone and going through the newspaper. It was so hard to talk to people. All I want to know is if people use technical writers? But I couldn't get an answer. I fear that I will be reduced to teaching English. Of course that is a bit dramatic since i don't mind the thought of it. I think I might actually enjoy it. I like explaining stuff and I like words and language. Maybe I'll be good at it. We'll see. But it's not going very quickly yet. I don't know what to do except what I'm doing. No one said this would be easy. and it isn't. When I come back, everything will seem so easy. It will be a while before I take for granted the ease of ... read more

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