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(Italiano) Milano, La porta verso l’Europa

(Italiano) Milano, La porta verso l’Europa

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Le frontiere all’interno d’Europa sono molto semplici – i paesi scandinavi nel Nord, gli ex Stati (satelliti) dell’USSR nell’Est, Spagna, Portugal, Italia e Grecia nel Sud. Tutti sono parte dell’Europa, ma tutti sono anche diversi. Tutti hanno diverse culture, diverso cibo, diversi stili di vita.

Chi viene dal centro d’Europa, dunque ha un’immagine di come Italia deve sembrare. Bella Italia deve essere un luogo, dove il sole sempre ride, dove la gente va tranquillamente verso le viuzze strette, dove la vita va veramente per la sua strada. read more…

I miei pregiudizi

Ciao a tutti, Mi chiamo Elisabeth. Quest’anno ho la fortuna di fare lo sve a Casa per la Pace Milano. Prima di partecipare al progetto sve ho fatto una laurea triennale in diritto, economia e gestione. Nessun rapporto tra la pace e il mondo associativo e i miei studi. Ecco perché ho scelto di fare lo sve. Siccome sono francese e ho studiato economia ero piena di pregiudizi sul cibo, gli italiani o sulle associazioni.  

Magari lo sapete, Casa per la Pace Milano è un’associazione che lotta contro i pregiudizi e promuove la pace. Perciò ho scelto di parlarvi della mia esperienza SVE, Milano, l’associazione etc…

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(Italiano) VIA FRANCIGENA e il benessere di slow life

(Italiano) VIA FRANCIGENA e il benessere di slow life

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Dopo aver vissuto a Mosca per cinque anni e a Milano per quasi un anno, ho capito che le città grandi offrono tanti divertimenti, ma ci rubano la vita vera e l’abilità di riconoscere delle piccole gioie che spesso ci sfuggono di mano. Abbiamo sempre tante cose in testa, dobbiamo ricordarci di tutto e correre realizzando un sogno dopo l’altro per diventare più efficaci e coronati dal successo negli occhi della società.

Anche se personalmente cerco di non rimanere intrappolata dai questi trucchi della filosofia di città grande, un anno a Milano mi ha influenzato lo stesso, e per questo ogni fine settimana e quei giorni liberi che ho avuto durante il mio progetto SVE tentavo sempre di non stare ferma in un posto e così in 10 mesi ho visitato Slovenia, Croatia, Ungheria, Serbia, Svizzera, Francia, Germania, Marocco e anche molte città italiane (Cremona, Bologna, Rimini, Cinque Terre, Cagliari, Catania, Trieste, Venezia, Genova, Napolì… ). Ovviamente mi sento molto fortunata di averlo fatto (beh, chi si lamenta di viaggiare?). Ma anche se di solito il viaggio in sè cambia completamente la tua vita quotidiana e in questo modo ti permette di vivere «qui e ora» e godere di più dei piccoli piaceri della vita, quando «la festa» diventa un’abitudine, la magia dei tuoi spostamenti nello spazio esteriore sparisce e viene fuori la necessità dei movimenti interiori nello spazio della tua anima. Così ho rinunciato alla filosofia popolare «Più città, più paesi possibili in un giorno!» e mi sono interessata al turismo alternativo che mi darebbe occasione di ascoltare me stessa e imparare a vedere l’invisibile.

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EVS experience as a way to See More. Part 1

EVS experience as a way to See More. Part 1

Hello to everyone! My name is Yura Staryk and here is my first article on this blog where I’d like to tell you more about my EVS experience since September 2015 until June 2016. But before we go, let me tell you more about myself. Ready to go?

DSC_0256_1x1Let’s say “Introducing myself”

As I have written already, my name is Yura Staryk and I came from Ukraine. I’m a coach, marketer, programmer, traveler and autobiographical book writer. Personal productivity, travels, marketing & sales, psychology – here are activities I do, I enjoy, I like. Besides these I like extreme sports like le parkour (originally from France), fire show, climbing, cycling and slacklining. You can read more here.

Perhaps now you are thinking and interesting, why I have decided to do an EVS. And the answer is – new language, travels and completely new different experience working with Italian association. I wanna say, that European Voluntary Service (EVS) isn’t only voluntary service or located work in a new country. Also (if you’re well self-organizer) you can do really many different things and develop yourself in general.

I’m going to write briefly list of 10 things I enjoy the most during the time I’m in Italy on my project

Shake the world!

Shake the world!

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”

 Mahatma Gandhi

Sometimes I feel myself helpless and useless if by chance I suddenly happen to listen a TV program, radio or Internet news, because the world reflected from these pieces of information seems to be so violent and it makes me feel so little in comparison to giant global problems of the world. And having EVS in Casa per la Pace means that you will get to know even more cases of hidden violence which is not spoken in media, so on one hand you will feel even more helpless in front of those world tragedies, but on another hand spending so much time with people who make a difference help you learn that you are also empowered;

 not to change the whole world though, but at least to be the change you wish to see in the world.

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(Italiano) CASA PER LA PACE, LA PERLA MILANESE

(Italiano) CASA PER LA PACE, LA PERLA MILANESE

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Milano è una cozza signore, brutta come una cozza, ma poi è anche buona come una cozza. Anzi, signore, Milano è un chilo di cozze che prima ne prendi una, poi un’altra,  poi un’altra ancora e non ti fermi più; solo, stai attento all’epatita, alla malattia signore, ché se esageri con Milano tutta in una volta, poi t’ammali: Milano la devi prendere a poco a poco signore, una cozza alla volta, stando accorto ai granelli di sabbia, al putridume, ché pure a Milano ci sono le zozzarie, come quassotta, ma poi ogni tanto, tra tutte le cozze che ci stanno in giro, magari te ne capita una più brutta delle altre, ma dentro  tiene una perla, signore, e là Milano  ti fa pazzo, ché la perla a Milano non te la aspetti.

                                                                                                                               “Milano è una cozza”, Luca Doninelli read more…

Couchsurfing

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Need a place to stay while travelling or on the road? This could be the answer for you!

Couchsurfing is the largest worldwide travel community and facilitates travel between individuals who are looking for a place to stay (essentially a couch to sleep on) without paying for accommodation. read more…

Life’s a hitch

Life’s a hitch

For alternative ways to travel, look no further as we give you the low down on how to use different initiatives to travel cheaply throughout Europe.

A good way to travel is by using Bla Bla Car which is essentially a website set up to facilitate car sharing. You can find people going pretty much anywhere and everywhere by car throughout continental Europe who have a few empty seats. You need to set up an account online and fill out a rather extensive profile indicating your likes, dislikes and travel preferences. For example, if you smoke, like listening to music while travelling or if you’re very talkative. Once read more…

Not all those who wander are lost…

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If traveling is your kind of thing and you want to explore Italy then listen up … The next few blog posts are here to give you some useful hints and tips to help get you on your way.

Already you may be aware of the  Trenitalia website  and if like us, It has become your Bible alternatives, you might know of the train Relatively steep prices in Italy, Especially on the arrow high speed trains between cities. Therefore we have compiled a list of the DOs and DON’Ts for traveling by train in Italy and around …

DO:

– BOOK TICKETS IN ADVANCE. This is the most important piece of advice we can give you as it really pays off! Honestly! You can purchase train tickets online up to 2 ½ months in advance When the train tickets are at Their absolute lowest. For example, you can go to Milan from Liguria, Florence or Rome for as little as € 9 one way if you book on Intercity trains When the tickets first become available online.

– Secondly, there are long-distance train tickets book online. For some strange reason unknown to us, train tickets (other than for the regional trains Which are used for shorter distances) Seem to be cheaper if you buy them online than if you buy them from the station. Do not ask us how or why!

– From experience, traveling to places outside of Italy is surprisingly Often cheaper than traveling Within Italy. For example, trains to Switzerland are normally very reasonably priced.

Unfortunately other than planning each long distance trip waaaay in advance, there is not much you can do to get round the high prices.

– For shorter distances by train always make sure you travel on the regional trains Which are much much cheaper. Regional Purchased tickets can only be one week in advance, either online or from a station, and stay the same price even if you’re buying on the day you want to travel.

This Allows for a little spontaneity and blackberries you can get from Milan to Lake Como and the surrounding area for around € 5 each way.

If you buy train tickets at a regional train station then they are normally valid for up to 2 months for whatever journey you have paid for the ticket so you can use at any point in this period.

DO NOT:

– FORGET TO VALIDATE YOUR TRAIN TICKET! As regional train tickets are valid for a long time longer available it may be tempting to risk not validating your ticket in the hope of reusing it on another occasion.Unfortunately we would not recommend doing this if you’re caught as it is highly Likely you will be fined and This Is not cheap!

– Buy the 2×1 Saturday tickets to major Italian cities Which are advertised by Trenitalia. Although this may sound like a good deal, It Is not actually the cheapest option as the offer Is not valid for the cheapest tickets € 9. It still works out cheaper if you buy the cheapest tickets in advance even if there are 2 of you traveling together!