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21 luglio 2017

43 giorni in Lisbona e

il nomadico viaggio con MUJI in una micro-house : MUJI Hut Concept


J U S T O N E P O S S I B L E P O I N T O F V I E W

Qualcuno dice lentamente:
"La conosci, Lisbona ..."
La conosco. E' una giovane 
scalza e leggera,
un vento improvviso e chiaro
nei capelli,
una piccola ruga
intorno ai suoi occhi,
la solitudine si apre
nelle sue dita e sulle labbra,
scende le scale
tante scale
tante scale fino al fiume.

Io la conosco. E tu, la conosci?
Eugenio de Andrade, 1923-2005

[...] mi ha scritto Chiara qualche giorno fa

Che bella [dico io]
C: Sei tu
T: E' così che mi vedi?
C: Si
T: Amica, finisce che si butta nel Tejo?
C: Ahahah Si non avevo colto, me pareva più 'na scampagnata
T: Merito della tua leggiadria

Chiara è la mia amica milanese che non vedo da almeno 4 anni [forse di più ?]
Eravamo venute a Lisbona insieme qualche anno fa, un road trip con la macchina della Enry [la mia madre] partendo da Savona, attraverso Francia, nord della Spagna e giù lungo la costa portoghese, siamo partite così: lei appena uscita da una relazione al limite della normalità, io appena entrata in una relazione stabile, per la prima volta nella mia vita.

Arrivate in città, dopo settimane in viaggio, ci hanno scassato il finestrino davanti e siamo dovute tornare indietro con molte meno tappe del previsto perchè l'assicurazione non copriva le spese di riparazione fuori dall'Italia.
Risultato: era Domenica [un classico] per cui tutto chiuso e Polizia introvabile, siamo andate alla Fnac a comprare un TomTom nuovo che ancora oggi non parla italiano [è rimasto nella macchina e la Enry lo ascolta, annuisce e si perde] e siamo tornate indietro in poco più di 24 ore.

Ho odiato Lisbona per anni, pericolosa e incivile, ci aveva rovinato l'avventura perfetta, settimane a zonzo con cibo meraviglioso e surfisti, a distanza.

Poi un giorno Umberto mi ha chiamata dicendo che andava in Erasmus, a Lisbona.

Immaginate la mia felicità [...]

Da allora andai a trovarlo un po' di volte, e ogni volta lui si è innamorato più profondamente della città, aveva imparato la lingua e si sentiva parte della città, tanto da prolungare l'Erasmus con un contratto di ricerca... io intanto ero a Londra...

... e ora sono a Lisbona, da 43 giorni, 29 dei quali sono rimasti vuoti sulla mia Moleskine, neanche una riga.

Sto vivendo una rinascita, la vita nomade, il sogno di una vita in viaggio, alla scoperta. L'altro giorno ho conosciuto Hayley di themodernmavericks.com lavorando per un servizio fotografico, lei è in viaggio da 10 anni!

Abbiamo parlato tanto di Lisbona, ma soprattutto dei lisboneti, di quanto questa città ti faccia sentire accettato, di quanto le persone siano gentili e ospitali, a patto che tu rispetti loro e la loro città [che amano: gioie e dolori].

 Quasi tutti a Lisbona parlano inglese e capiscono spagnolo e italiano, e quando non capiscono fanno lo sforzo, i lisboneti sono curiosi, vogliono conoscere e interagire con culture diverse, mantenendo la loro identità. Il Portogallo è uno dei pochi Paesi del sud in cui i programmi televisivi non vengono tradotti e ciò fa si che nelle loro orecchie ci siano i suoni di tutte le lingue europee.

Quando li ascoltavo, all'inizio, non capivo nulla e il suono mi sembrava quello di una lingua dell'est europa, quei suoni forti, la 'R'... ma ora che inizio a capire ne riconosco la musicalità, che aggiunta all'attitudine delle persone, mi sta facendo appassionare, il problema è che tutti parlano inglese [ahah] !


Il mio nomadismo intanto sembra ormai prendere autonomamente il sopravvento e ieri ho ricevuto il gentilissimo invito di Antonio a spostarmi al nord: per il mese di Agosto io e meetyourmood ci uniamo al progetto The Nomad Farm Project a nord del Portogallo, vicino a Barcelos.

Il progetto è una sorta di versione moderna e digital della "comune", come l'ha sminuita con un certo disprezzo la Enry quando le ho raccontato della mia novità. Per me è l'idea [non certo incredibilmente innovativa] di condividere uno spazio con altri freelancer, aver l'opportunità di incontrarsi e condividere idee e una parte del nostro percorso, lavorando anche a contatto con la natura, prendendoci cura della casa, dei campi e della nostra famiglia temporanea, e si, sono troppo contenta!


Proprio l'altro giorno stavo ammirando il progetto di MUJI per una micro-house : MUJI Hut Concept

il brand no-logo lo presenta così:

Who hasn’t dreamt of living somewhere they really want to be? The tools to make that dream a reality are now available. 
It’s not as dramatic as owning a house or a vacation home,
 but it’s not as basic as going on a trip. 

 tradotto:
Chi non ha sognato di vivere esattamente dovre vorrebbe essere?
Finalmente gli strumenti per realizzare quel sogno sono a tua disposizione. 
Non è così sensazionale come possedere una casa o una casa per le vacanze, 
ma non è neanche così semplice come andare in viaggio.


MUJI così, con la sua semplicità e immediatezza esprime perfettamente il concetto del nomadismo odierno, il sogno della libertà, di movimento e cambiamento. L'idea di Nomadic at Heart è proprio questa, un viaggiatore dello spazio e del tempo, in bilico e alla scoperta. E' per questo che sempre più spesso sognamo soluzioni di design innovative e senza "fronzoli" perchè piano piano ci stiamo allontanando dall'idea del possesso, a vantaggio delle emozioni e dell'esperienza

p.s. Ieri sono stata contattata per il progetto di adattamento di un van in residenza da viaggio, 
ma per il momento ancora niente di certo!

Questo prefabbricato di 9 metri quadri, interamente in legno giapponese, sarà in vendita tra qualche mese esclusivamente in Giappone al costo di circa 25'000 euro e si adatta perfettamente a condizioni ambientali diverse, dal mare alla montagna.

A conferma del concetto di armonia con la natura e l'ambiente circostante, il rifugio MUJI è composto da un ambiente interno di 9 mq e un patio coperto di 3 mq con finestre scorrevoli e una copertura esterna che in legno che riprende la tecnica tradizionale giapponese del shou sugi ban, capace di rendere il legno più resistente.

A very little special place, cosa ne pensate?
Io attendo notizie per il mercato europeo, oppure vado a comprarmela in Giappone !
[ahah]



18 luglio 2017

THE NOMADIC HEART is a MOOD

for long time travelers

 

If you are lonely when you are alone, you are in bad company 
Jean-Paul Sartre


NOMAD [wikipedia] 

 (Greek: νομάς, nomas, plural νομάδες, nomades; meaning one roaming about for pasture, pastoral tribe) is a member of a community of people who live in different locations, moving from one place to another.

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Human history has been nomad until about 10,000 years ago before civilisation, when people used to move around all the time, from place to place,  modern humans lived as nomads for 99 per cent of our history || dating back at least 3 million years.

Their habit was to share things with each other, because it meant there was less to carry. 
The woods were full of magic and wonder: they contained the spirits of their dead ancestors who returned in the afterlife to protect, guide and comfort the living [ or so they thought ]. The woods were their ultimate source of food, warmth, habitation, medicine and shelter.

So now, after a little longer than a century in which human history has changed so fast has never before, making of possession and stability the main goal for everyone during at least 50 years, we are now starting admiring again a nomadic lifestyle and a long term travel.

Is it not the time we are living right now? 

I'm talking about myself now, only because I'm the person I know better [ and believe me, I don't know myself even a 50%]. When I was a teenager my main dream was to be popular and loved, to be the best at everything, I was obsessed by being always the one with more and better, but my family didn't let me follow my esigence, and kept me low profile. When I arrived in Milano, for the first time surrounded by so many people that have been traveled so much, seen so much, most of them were already speaking perfect english, after school experiences abroad, there were the foreigner too, arrived to Milano for studying, and that was so amazing, I started feeling small, and struggling to find the comfort, I couldn't even pretend anymore, I was so far from them.

For all those years in Milano I was in a constant fight between me at the moment and me in projection. Who I really wanted to be and what was achievable from my point?

The first few years I was shopping obsessed, the freedom of being able to buy anything because no one [my parents] could see and judge brought me to be shopping compulsive. I was working to buy, to spend all I had to collect stuff. The ggod side is that I started creating my own style, I started being curious about what people wear and why, I started feeling I was different from the people part of groups, wearing the same to feel part of something, I wanted to be part of  group, part of something but that somehow wasn't for me, I needed to be free to wear every morning exactly what I needed that day, I was in a daily metamorphose, and that was my first blog: every day a new style, different colours, a different MOOD, I don't even remember how is was called [...]

The research about personality, and the obsession for colours, brought me to the Colour Department at Politecnico di Milano, where for the first time I was studying how colour and perception work and interact.

My journey at that point had already change it's path, I was starting being curious about the environment, [I don't eat meat since I was 12] I was feeling good with all those people that didn't want to be labelled, but that's not easy, sometimes you need a uniform to be part of something [...]

The judgment of others touches me deeply so, I pushed myself to be different and proud of it, but different from what? Probably only different by doing what I feel like, in the exact moment I feel it, the only rule is to try not to hurt to anyone, as much as possible at least. This is probably the main reason why I love London, nothing matter, too diverse to be too different, to many people to be judged when singing aloud cycling your bike [...]

Meetyourmood started because I needed to start experience colour, personality and perception on a practicle level, to get closer to people, to experiment.

The research started back then and the more I'm talking about houseing, looking at interiors, making projects and loving it, the more I find myself with no house, home-less: a nomadic interior designer.

I was talking about this yesterday at Palacio Belmonte with Anita Ackermanns and that's the point when she decided to check my astrology [...] and apparently is already written on my stars, what she could read is that my home is in movement, that when I said "I feel my only stable house in the last years has been my blog" is something that is connected to my stars. As a matter of fact I haven't been in the same house for longer than 8 months in 6 years [this really improved my ability in packing boxes, if you need help just drop me an email], everytime I set up my space in order to feel comfortable, and every next time this goes together with a more minimal space, while the only place I keep updating and upgrading is this, my blog.

For the first time I am really part of a movement
I am a digital nomadic now temporarely based in Lisbon.

I wear what I feel like and I do what I want, with less, for less: less care about money, less possessions, less pressions: back in the past, nomadic lifestyle meant people had few, if any, actual possessions. All they had was what they could carry.

Being a nomadic soul is one of the trends of this Age, we aim for freedom, we admire the simple living, for the first time we don't look forward to be stable, our community [for us millennials] is the world, internet is our village and we take advantage of every opportunity to meet other nomads along the way, we share: co-working, co-living, we want to feel together, no matter where, you're always welcome.

Looking at our society from this perspective makes my happy, makes me feel stronger than ever, this is the group I feel part of and I didn't have to wear anything specific, I just had to realize I was already part of it.

 

A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving 
Lao Tzu


17 luglio 2017

#2 BESTGRAM with MARIA SVARBOVA MOOD




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B L U E  |  W A T E R  |  O C E A N  |  P O R T U G A L
 

of the color whose hue is that of the clear sky :  a blue jacket 

 

bluish : the blue haze of tobacco smoke

bluish gray > a blue cat

   
    low in spirits :  melancholy >  has been feeling blue

    marked by low spirits :  depressing >  a blue funk things looked blue

  
    of a woman :  learned, intellectual
    … the ladies were very blue and well-informed … — W. M. Thackeray

   
    puritanical
    … a blue Sunday city … — James Street

   
    profane, indecent  > a blue movie

 
    music :  of, relating to, or used in blues > a blue song

   
    "blue in the face" > extremely exasperated argued until he was blue in the face



 

 

ORIGIN 1250-1300:

Middle English blewe 

Anglo-French blew

Old French blo, blau

Germanic *blǣwaz; compare Old English blǣwen, contraction of blǣhǣwen deep blue, perse 

Old Frisian blāw

 Middle Dutch blā(u)

Old High German blāo (German blau)

Old Norse blār

 

" It turned out that it wasn't just the Ancient Greeks who never said the sky was blue. None of the ancient languages had a proper word for blue. What we now call blue was once subsumed by older words for black or for green. (In fact, this is why in Japan green lights are actually a bluer shade of green than in the rest of the world. The word used for the green of traffic lights is ao, which used to mean "green and blue" but now means blue. Rather than change the word, they changed the colour.)

Deutscher has a lot of fun relating the discovery that colour words emerge in all languages in a predictable order. Black and white come first, then red, then yellow, then green and finally blue. (Although sometimes green is before yellow.) Red is probably first because it is the colour of blood and of the easiest dyes to make in the wild. Green and yellow are the colours of vegetation. And blue is last because – with the exception of the sky – few naturally occurring things are blue and blue dyes are very difficult to make. "

 

13 luglio 2017

THE COLOR RUN is a 5km of wellness and fun !

The Color Run 

Hey MOODers !!

Ever heard of THE COLOR RUN ?

The Color Run Tour, is the place where anything is possible and inspires participants to make dreams a reality in this 5K!

 Along the way, participants can paint their aspirations on the Dream Wall, snap photos with giant unicorns and get the ultimate color inspiration partying at the Finish Festival.

The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed event in which thousands of participants, the “Color Runners”, are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. With only two rules, the idea is easy to follow:


    1 - Wear white at the starting line!
    2 - Finish plastered in color! 


While the 5K event is all about having fun, the focus is on promoting a healthy lifestyle. More than half of the participants are usually first-time 5K runners and the event is making headway on the focus of improving health and wellness.

It is an event open for all fitness levels, ages and backgrounds and on the website you can find the next runs in every Country, just scroll down to check !




Le prossime tappe in Italia saranno 
il 29 Luglio a Lignano Sabbiadoro
il 10 Settembre a Torino 
per accedere al sito ufficiale cliccate sul banner in fondo all'articolo!
Vi aspetto 



Color Runners vary in demographics and reasons for running. With no winners or official times, The Color Run caters to everyone: first time runners to seasoned athletes. Some Color Runners participate as a celebration and capstone of their healthy living accomplishments, while others participate for reasons unique to them.

What are you running for?

Click on this banner to take part of the next run!

The Color Run


11 luglio 2017

Lanzarote è la natura, in un posto dove il turismo c'è ma non miete vittime e non crea carnefici,

Lanzarote è il paesaggio selvaggio di César Manrique


...Lanzarote è un cuore disegnato con le pietre, tracciato sul selciato rovente o intarsiato nel tronco di un arbusto.
Un paesaggio multiforme, spesso marziano e paradisiaco che ti abbraccia con la sua rara e antica biodiversità.
È il vento che sopla(soffia) energico, cadenzato, musicale.
È un vagabondo che lo segue, il vento.
È un gatto che scruta l'orizzonte.
È Vulcano, e la sua energia: campi di lava, spiagge nere o bianche o rosse, conche verdi o blu cobalto, boschi di cactus,avocado, banane. É selvatica.
Alessia Sorrentino
(Simba Marafiki)







Uno dei miei ultimi viaggi con base a Londra è stato Lanzarote, Canarie, Spagna, perchè come ben sapete non ho ancora completato la mia "missione Europa" per poter andare altrove [...]

A Lanzarote sono andata per inseguire le onde e ho trovato la scuola perfetta con le persone perfette... ogni mattina, presto, una colazione a base di melone e pane ( non chiedetemi il perchè ) e poi via sul furgoncino coi ragazzi di School3S pronti per una mattinata sull'oceano. 

Sono arrivata quando c'era la maccaia e il cielo era giallo, della sabbia del deserto. Un cielo spettrale e unico.

La cosa peggiore di Lanzarote sono i mezzi pubblici: non sai mai quando e se arriveranno, e le connessioni sono pessime...

La cosa migliore di Lanzarote è che se fai l'autostop ti caricano e portano ovunque vuoi, guadagnando anche in compagnia e chiacchierate!

A Lanzarote è tutto vulcani e vento. Il paesaggio è stato disegnato da César Manrique: scultore e paesaggista visionario ha fatto di quest'isola selvaggia un museo a cielo aperto, istituendo regolamentazioni sulle architetture e sul rispetto del paesaggio. Grazie a lui Lanzarote è il bianco delle abitazioni, il marrone della pietra lavica, il verde delle piante e il blu di mare e cielo. E' stato ucciso, forse era un po' scomodo ... ma gli abitanti lo adorano .

E' un paesaggio che assorbe e rilassa, trasportati dal vento.

A Lanzarote voglio tornare, voglio andare al ristorante dove si mangia nella gola del vulcano, vi aggiornerò!


10 luglio 2017

My Journey in design around Alfama roof by roof

carrying around a delicate ceramic MIA lamp

[ and we're both still alive! #success ]

Come to visit in Lisbon ! ^_^




 I am 30 ( almost 31 but shhhh) 

and I feel like my life just started a few years ago

when I decided to follow myself, 

and finally move to London. 


[ALL PICTURES FEATURE MIAlamp by Federica Bubani for Fabbian thanks to LampCommerce] 

The city I've always loved since I was 12 and I stayed there for a month with my family.

Learning how to be myself has always been a reason of struggle for me, deeply fighting between my will and what I supposed to be, and ending up with less conclusions and much confusion.

Let everything behind and starting from scratches has been the key, with an open door to re-build fresh new relationships and live my experiences with all my soul, brain and heart.

Being less judgmental with my own self is still the hardest part, but I am working on it !

The easiest part has been getting to understand that I can do whatever I want, all I desire, no matter how old I am, no matter what anyone could think about, as soon as I don't hurt anyone... and the best part is that: the more I am happy, the stronger I can build relationships, the most honest relationships and friendships I've ever had. [ My friends are spread around the world, we don't need a daily follow up, our connection is on some other level ]


I have to admit, I am not particularly easy to have around, I have my moral and ideals which are pretty strong, but I am always open to a fair confrontation, to listen, and people around me also accept my silence, they honour my metime, which is also one of the keys of my new life, because yes: I was born again on that 12th of February flying to London for the second time with a one way ticket, plus a broken heart and a messed up soul in addiction, on this occasion.

It wasn't my first experience abroad and back than it was already almost 10 years I was (kind of) independent and living out of the family nest, but that wasn't enough. I needed a break, a break from everything and everyone.

My English is still far to perfection and, as most of the aspects of my life, is a work in progress, but the experience of getting to a next level, day after day and broaden my opportunities to meet people, has also been one of the crucial steps of this journey. Open myself to new chances and challenges with full hands is the actual stage and would have never been possible without improving my English and my confidence.

It's just matter of numbers at the end: more languages spoken, more people you can reach, the better the next experiences will be.

It's easy! If you can expand the community around you, you earn in terms of quality [more people, more choice, better quality! That's why I'm so happy new generations speak English, towards a better society in which dialogue is possible, but this is another story...] and this has always been my first goal in life, but for a long time I just left it aside, as something that would have happend, eventually... and that is exactly the starting point: teaching myself how to make things happen!

So...


The journey brought me, on the 5th floor of one of the old buildings in the Alfama district of Lisboa, in a room with a window I can sneak through and walk on the roofs... [don't do it yourself, or do it but bring water and make sure you're not drunk or hungover!]

Lisbon is the place I moved to, on the 7th of June, during the Santos Populares...

Why Lisbon? I have my brother here, we haven't been in the same city for the last 11 years.

Lisbon is the sun, is all the vitamin D I was missing in London

Lisbon is my skin getting tanned and looking healthy again

Lisbon is surfing, that thing that comes as a statement on my journey : one of those things I've always wanted to do and I never... because ... [and a flow of excuses not to make it happen...]





Lisbon is improving my English, meeting more and more people every day, and learn Portuguese!

Well, this has been my journey so far...

And yes, yesterday I had a moment in which I realised how I happy I was. It was so exciting!
It was so strong that for some time I couldn't move, I was just listening at my heart going crazy!

Being happy is one of those things that are goals to me, always trying to understand how to get there, how other people make it seem so easy... I know that sounds depressing and yes, I am a bit, can't define how much... and getting along and accept this as a part of myself is one of the keys I've had to had to the collection.

I can allow myself to some moment of down [ as soon as I go through and find the way out] , it's not a big deal!

What made me so happy?

I spent an amazing weekend surfing with bro and friends in Ericeira, in a house I promise I will show you at some point, and me and Umby hitchhiked back to Lisbon in the evening... we had then a long walk through the city from Campo Grande (maybe) to the city, only the two of us, under a full moon, sharing one of those moments that only brothers can, and then we hug and I walked to my new house... in the night, with my backpack, with no phone, a bit lost in the streets of Alfama.

I opened the door of my bedroom ready to write this post and I saw this lamp waiting for me, one of the few things I own after years of cluttering and the good decluttering of the last months.

Yes! The Mia Lamp by Fabbian has been the first thing I've owned when arrived in Lisbon even before having a bed to call a bed. LampCommerce made me a precious gift, and this cute one, protected in its box has already moved to 3 houses in three different areas of the city so far and it's delicate shape and perfect volume are so in contrast with my random life that I feel I have to take care of it like a treasure, scared of breaking while jumping up and down the roofs to take some shots.







Federica Bubani is the designer, from Faenza, using the traditional ceramic craft skills to shape delicate and contemporary pieces. I fell in love at first sight with her concept when I first met her back in 2013, when this blog was so new and I went to the Operae Fair in Torino ... here you can find the interview (italian only I'm afraid) , in total adoration for her!! ehehe

This lamp makes the bridge between my desire of travelling and be free to move on a constant journey from Country to Country, being part of the culture and feel like a local and my passion for design, my ambition of shaping spaces, making interior design projects, which was the core of this blog at the beginning which is now turning into something else, into my long term house in endless work in progress... #allosbaraglio

Walking into my empty room and seeing it brighten gives me the energy to work hard, because this blog is all I want, a simple place where travels and daily experiences, meet with amazing people and great design, with the traditions, curiosity and amazing ideas. Beauty is all I want in my life, kindness, honesty and genuinely is all I ask for and all I want to write about.

I hope you want to take part of this journey and jump aboard!
Let see if you can find my roof, and that tiny window in Alfama.... ;)






05 luglio 2017

La rubrica a tutto colore si tinge di Blu,

Portugal Blue for July!




Portugal Is Blue!

Blue is the Ocean, the waves,
Blue is the sky, so bright,

Blue are the walls, the tiles,
Blue is Lisboa, the Tejo (Tagus) river,
changing colour every day, and many times in a day,
looking from the terrace where I am staying...

Blue are my days, light free and unexpected!

[ Io me ne frego di Marss Green ]

Blue is July, ready to enjoy together?


So, in 2 days will be one month since I moved here, to Lisbon, to join by brother after ten years living apart.

I have been so lucky to be here on time for the month of the Santos Populares, when the city is a big feast, when everywhere is music, drinks and fun.

Being here with Umebrto means also that I am not alone, means that I have many people around me, for the first time I am starting an adventure without the starting loneliness and I have to say, I love it!!

It means that in less than a month I have been partying 18 nights, watched at the sunrise 5, danced in the sunset 12, barbecue done 3, uncountable dinners out and a few breakfasts, some days surfing and an amazing weekend to Ericeira for some waves and a night in a magical patio with a friend playing guitar...

I won my A1 portuguese certificate after one week intensive course and met my first friend there, Neil, a tattoo artist form Canada, that after 3 years in Lisbon finally decided to learn the language, yes, it's not so needed, everyone can speak english here, but it's not my plan, starting yesterday, all of a suddend I've started understanding what people say and with some shyness I'm starting saying some words back.

Today I have that feeling I can be part of it, I feel I am less tourist, and for the first time since I'm here I wanted to find a nice cafeteria, to chill and write this words on this web house called blog, my most stable home, the place where I feel so comfortable, no matter where I am.

The place I have chosen is Pois, Café in Alfama, amazing atmosphere, good music and many books to read chilling on the sofas... If you are around we can meet for a chat! I have the feeling I will come back often ;)



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