Life Meeting Point

My return to Nottingham has been busy, in a good way.
After spending the holidays at home in Italy, I had few days at home in Nottingham; then my mother and my brother came to visit; then I had few days by myself; then my girlfriend Stephanie arrived (at last!).
On top of that, I had important deadlines at work.
Also, of course, I went back training and this week I am basically back to full regimen.
The first two weeks back to England have been great!

A great moment of the time I had with my family has been the visit to Newstead Abbey.
Newstead Abbey (my museum entry photo here) was a former priory which had been destroyed by Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries. part of it had been saved because it was sold to a private person.
That private person was an ancestor of famed Lord Byron.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron) was a poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement.
He couldn't live, let alone restore, the huge building, but perhaps that is what kept the interest of it, with its run down parts.
The building (the former priory) is the standing building that is left, while the actual church has only the front facade left.
The building is interesting under any aspect, from some faulted ceilings, to a long corridor, to the pretty artisan details, such as the doors' handles, which are all carved out of wood.
The big estate is very interesting too, with secret corners, a Japanese garden, three vast water bodies, and more. It is fascinating and unique, diverse and charming - like what they said its owner was.
Lord Byron was, for what they say, beautiful, eccentric, intelligent and literate.

At Newstead Abbey, literature, history, architecture, religion, nature all meet in one place, in an organic, elegant, magical way.

I want to visit more places like this, more places that have more than one deep layer to it, and have interesting stories that you can find only in that very place.

End of Autumn

Autumn is at its end and it has been an extremely busy, creative and interesting period.

My new life in Nottingham is going on very well, both in personal life and on work - where people are nice, energetic, fun and projects make me learn a lot!
I am almost on a regular and full routine for my work-out schedule and before the end of the year I am going to register to quite a few races, both in swimming and obstacle runs.

I like seasons and I liked this Autumn here in England.
Even more than usual I've been observing patterns and colors in Nature. The lines created but leaf-less trees; the carpet of red, or yellow, or brown leaves on the dark green grass; the pine trees' needles on the sidewalk. What a pleasure!
I will eventually have a photo album about it, too. One more things to do, but that's why it's exciting.

On we go, Winter is coming and I will hopefully see some snow!

Tappeto di Foglie

Chi Ben Comincia, È a Metà dell'Opera

I started my new job in Nottingham today!
I am an architect. I studied architecture both for my Bachelor and for my Masters.
I move back to the Old Continent, to the United Kingdom, and I am now working in Nottingham and soon I'll have a new apartment here in town, near the Castle.

I know the city a little bit because my brother used to live here. He is not here anymore but the irony is that now I moved here.

The city seems lively and busy, and it seems a little bit more sunny than York, too.
My office is in the center and I can walk everywhere, or bike, when my bike will arrive from the US (yes, I am shipping my 1970s old steelframe bike from Oregon).

In Italian we say 'Chi ben comincia, è a metà dell'opera.', which translates as 'Those who well start, are halfway done.'
Well, today's start was great therefore I have a great feeling about my new job! Great energy, cool projects, young studio and the right position.

I am exploring the center by walking around and by going to new gyms. That makes me see the city and the surroundings of where I am going to spend most of my time.

There is a lot to explore in Nottinghamshire, but I am going tow wait for my girlfriend Stephanie to arrive.

By they way, my brother's birthday is on Wednesday! He is going to come here and I am taking him out for dinner.
He hasn't been here for a while so it's going to be almost as a flashback to be here with him, like when I was coming to visit him years ago.
Hopefully it'll be nice again - today the sun was peeking out of the clouds.

On we go with a new chapter of my life!

Aye! 20 mins walk from my new apartment, or my office!

Aye! 20 mins walk from my new apartment, or my office!

Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

Last Saturday I visited the Kew Gardens in west London, south of the river. What a special place!

The park is beautiful and extremely well kept. It is big and has a lot of variety of trees and plants, greenhouses and conservation areas. It is extremely clean and neat. We also went when apparently there were very few people, so we enjoyed the park even more and we were by ourselves in certain moments.

We booked online and we saved few pounds. There is the metro stop and the neighborhood is really really nice!

I like the fact that there were many different trees but there were may of the different species grouped together creating little nooks and areas different from one another, yet organically flowing from one to the other.

There are ponds and little bodies of water, few different buildings, paths, endless grass, birds, flowers, a rose garden, greenhouses, tropical plants and more!

It's absolutely a destination to go alone, with your partner or spouse, with your family, with your children, to have a walk, run, stroll, read.

I think the colors were beautiful because Autumn started yet wasn't everywhere, so the colors ranged from dark green to light yellow and anything in between!

I can just imagine what it looks like in full Autumn or in full Spring!

It is beautiful, magical destination and I highly recommend it.

Kew Gardens London England UK

In London Fair City

London! What a megalopolis!
It's extremely human scale in its neighborhoods, yet it's so vast you can spend years and years to explore.

This is my impression of course, I haven't lived years and years in London... yet! But I will, because I am looking for a job in the city, my girlfriend Stephanie is going to Grad School next year and I like the country.

Who has been living here? What are the impressions? Thoughts? Considerations?

I am going to be more aggressive on my job hunt. I will be even more efficient and make my portfolio, both online and printed, and applications even better.

I also want to get involved in the photography world! I will start looking around for opportunities for young photographers and I am thrilled for the opportunities. There is a lot to learn and a lot to achieve and many people to meet and exciting things and places to discover.

In the meantime and in some free time.... I will explore London! I will get lost, walk, wonder, explore, visit, discover anything I can, and hopefully many things I didn't think about.

Back to Europe

Atc! It has been to long since my last article. Almost exactly a month. Bad me! September has been busy with travels, but it shouldn't be an excuse.

Speaking of traveling, so far in September I was in Oregon, Boston area (Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut), London, Italy. I am in Italy until the end of the month, few more days, and Thursday, which is October 1st, I go back to London.

This is because I have permanently moved out of the United States to live back in Europe! I miss the US a lot, but I missed Europe too. My family, the culture, the atmosphere, the easy traveling.

I am going to be living in London. I am going to work as an architect and I want to work again in historic preservation, which is what I focused my studies on and what I worked on my first two years after graduating, before moving to Oregon.

I am stoked, excited, intrigued! I like exploring the new city and I can't wait to be living there and to see how my routine will go.

Un passo indietro, poi sempre avanti!

Torre degli Asinelli da Via Ugo Bassi Bologna Italy

Un altro passo, un nuovo domani

I am leaving Portland, Oregon in 20 days to permanently move back to Europe! On September 1st I am departing to head East. First a stop in Boston to visit friends for a week. The second week I am going to be in London for interviews and exploring and acclimating. Then, after two weeks in Italy to visit family, I will move to London on October 1st.

I will miss Portland, I will really miss the boundless landscapes and natural landscapes.

But I am extremely excited to be closer to my brother, my family and to be back to Europe! London is a magical and varied city, both huge but also human scale. I am looking forward to exploring the hidden corners and stuck-in-time houses, cemeteries, bridges and parks.

I am also interested in any suggestions about living in the city, exploring it, keeping entertained. I am curious to know your opinion on which are the best small museums and parks, as well as best day trips in and outside the city. I want to know the best gyms and swimming pools.

Let me know what you think!

Un altro passo, un nuovo domani. Another step, a new tomorrow.

The Alaska landscape is something very uncommon and majestic for someone who grew up in southern Europe, Italy in my case. The landscape of the (Pacific) North West of the United States are very different from what I was used to, I've always loved the American landscapes and Natural wonders, but now I love them even more. I will miss these spectacular, pristine spaces!

The Alaska landscape is something very uncommon and majestic for someone who grew up in southern Europe, Italy in my case. The landscape of the (Pacific) North West of the United States are very different from what I was used to, I've always loved the American landscapes and Natural wonders, but now I love them even more. I will miss these spectacular, pristine spaces!