Take me to the sea (in Holland)

It took me a while to understand it’s possible to go to the beach in the Netherlands. When I moved to Amsterdam I didn’t realized the sea was so close and that it implied the presence of the beach. I realized that after a few months, when the summer broke – well let’s say when the temperatures reached 20/25 °C – and my Dutch friends started asking “so, shall we go to the beach this weekend?”.

The beach is wide and sandy, while the sea…well, I must say it’s not  as clear and warm as the sea in Sardinia. The water is very clean, but the wind lifts the sand and makes the sea dark and unwelcoming. I like it anyway, maybe because I spent lots of summers in Romagna region in Italy, where the sea is not crystalline at all.

Zandvoort beach

Zandvoort beach © Sg

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Costa Smeralda: my holiday in Sardinia

A few weeks ago I went to Sardinia for the first time in my life. You know what they say: you travel around the world but you don’t know the wonderful places of your own country. Well, there you go.  I decided to start from the area I’ve always heard marvelous things: Costa Smeralda in Northern Sardinia. And as expected, I fell in love. Not only for the crystal sea, the enchanting Mediterranean nature and the amazing traditional cuisine, but also because – since I was there in June during the low season – I’ve met just a few tourists and I had the opportunity to enjoy the  peace of that wonderful place.

Capriccioli beach in Costa Smeralda

Capriccioli beach in Costa Smeralda © Sg

Sunset in Baja Sardinia

Sunset in Baja Sardinia© Sg

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Panama, the country between two oceans

A few months ago I went to Panama by chance: a friend of mine had to go there for work and she asked me to go with her. I don’t know if I would have chosen Panama as first destination if it had been in different circumstances, but I think sometimes we have to abandon ourselves to the opportunities life has set aside for us.

Panama City

Panama City © Sg

Panama is a narrow strip of land between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean bordering with Costa Rica to the north and with Colombia to the south. Most of the country’s surface is made of jungle, the climate is tropical and the humidity is oppressive – especially during the rainy season, between April and November. Panama City is the capital of the country and it could be imagined as something in the middle between a sparkling Dubai and a chaotic Central American city: here, the poverty of people who don’t even have access to basic health services coexists with some incredible prosperity. Panama is a major financial center and it has had a very strong economic growth also thanks to the construction of the famous canal about 100 years ago.

I spent five days in Panama City between solitary walks, relaxing readings, lazy afternoons in Casco Viejo district, wild negotiations with taxi drivers, dinners and drinks in glittering rooftop bars.

Panama City skyscrapers

Panama City skyscrapers © Sg

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Cuba comes into your heart

Some months ago I went to Cuba and since that moment every time I think about that trip, a sweet melancholy feeling hits my heart.

I remember all the hours spent on the Malecon looking at the sea breaking against the rocks, I think about the sufferance, the energy and the deep looks of Cuban people I met, the poverty and the dignity I have seen, I remember the time spent on the buses admiring those beautiful landscapes flowing like in a movie, the music, the salsa, the fascinating smell of mint in the mojito, the warm light of the sun, the amazingly blue sea, the strong and impetuous nature.

Cayo Largo, Cuba

Cayo Largo, Cuba © Sg

Before leaving for this trip, everyone told me Cuba comes into your heart. And that’s exactly what happened: maybe because of its sweet rythm, for its wild and intriguing nature, for its decadent cities, for the pain and the passion Cuban people love to share with you, or maybe for their powerful stories. Perhaps it’s the combination of all those reasons, I still don’t know. You have to abandon yourself to Cuba, you have to enjoy it, you should devote your mind and your energies to this beautiful island, eventually you will be totally seduced and conquered.

Here are some pictures of the places where I spent some of the most incredible hours in my life: La Havana, Cayo Largo, Santa Clara, Cinfuegos, Trinidad. I strongly recommend to go there as soon as possible!
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Route 66 and much more: my road trip in the US

So far the best trip I have ever done. The one that I always recommend, the one I think of during rainy days. The one that filled my eyes, my heart and my soul. The one that was perfect despite/thanks to a thousand of unexpected events. Two summers ago, my boyfriend and I decided to travel along the legendary Route 66: the iconic interstate connecting Chicago to Los Angeles, the one that thousands of American people used last century to migrate and to look for a better future.

Sunset at Venice beach, Los Angeles

Sunset at Venice beach, Los Angeles © Sg

The idea of this trip was born both from the desire to discover this amazing country by road and also from the feelings I had when I read the Nobel Prize for literature John Steinbeck’s masterpiece: “The Grapes of Wrath“. This book is about a family forced to escape from Oklahoma who tried with a lot of difficulties to reach California through the Route 66.

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