Everyday life Life

June 2022

This month was very busy. We’ve been to Darlington, back home, got up at 5 to go to London for the Pageant, went to Oxford for a few days, with study/work. On the 21st we flew to Italy. As we are now in Italy, I will make a round-up with what we did there next month, as we are returning in early July anyway. Of course, I shared daily highlights on Instagram, hence these are included in the round-up collage. I’m loving Italy, and we got to see a lot of it, as we are doing a trip. I still have posts to do from this month, with the places we’ve been to. Do not miss the book round-up at the end, there are some pretty amazing books in it. Also, it includes a book in Italian and the only reason I read it was because I wanted to refresh my Italian.

Before that, as usual, I will start with Ukraine. I am watching closely what is happening, so I cannot and should not ignore it. I should mention that in Italy there is a lot of support for Ukraine and I loved seeing that. With talk about nuclear wars, I thought it would be useful to list the wars lost by USSR/Russia. I did not include the smaller wars nor recent ones that they won without nuclear weapons.
1970s to 1991 Eritrean War of Independence
1979–1989 Soviet–Afghan War (led to its disintegration)
Russia lost the 1994–1996 First Chechen War (won the 2nd one, after a few years)
Nuclear weapons are only used for Kremlin’s rhetoric to scare the west. The benefits from nuclear are slim when compared to the risks, their only benefit is to act as a deterrent, hence more and functional nuclear warheads are a must.


I’ve been to Kynren, a 90 minutes long pageant with scenes enacted by both professionals and volunteers. It was amazing, I loved every minute of it, here is a longer description with a few pictures too. In Darlington we stayed at Hall Garth Hotel, which is a destination in itself. They have a golf course and a beautiful garden to walk and relax. I would love to go there again.

Platinum Jubilee Pageant

As I mentioned, we got up at 5 to go to London for the Pageant. I loved seeing it. Even if it would have been easier to watch it at home, which I did after as I recorded it, being there was special. There were so many people, from different parts of the country and the world, it was fantastic.

Cup of coffee

Cup of coffee at Oxford, in the Common Room of the Department I studied in for 2 years. It was lovely to do that again. Also, it was fun to share the picture with my colleagues from the course. It’s nice that we keep in touch after quite a long time.
I started doing research for year 3, and it is going well.


1. Ukraine vs Scotland. 2. Reading. 3. Kynren. 4. Kiplin Hall. 5. Platinum Jubilee Pageant. 6. Frame remaining from the artworks that were stolen from Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford. 7. Research for my studies, at Oxford. 8. Feeling touristy in Oxford. 9. Thank you card for the cleaning staff at the hotel we stayed. 10. Ladybirds delivery. 11. Bed Race in Knaresborough. 12. Max Verstappen won! 13. Fruits from the garden. 14. Flowers in the garden. 15. Who I had coffee with. 16. I finished reading Bloodlands. 17. My garden in June. 18. What I was reading, a history of Italy. 19. Max won again!! 20. New feeder for the pigeons, approved by them. 21. Flying to Italy. 22. Monza, to see the Doumo and the city. 23. Monza circuit. 24. Verona, a stunning city, which includes Juliette’s balcony. 25. Venice. 26. Padua, before reaching Imola and seeing Ayrton Senna’s memorial. 27. Bologna, where we saw the oldest university in the world, and did a quick tour of the city. 28. Imola circuit. 29. Ferrari museums. 30. Books in June.


There are two 1 star books, so I am not going to talk about them, they are bad for different reasons. Le voci della sera was boring and one-dimensional, but perfect if you want to exercise your Italian. The 4 and 4.5 stars books were really good and I would recommend them, no doubt.

Now, the best ones, the 5 stars books, not only they got 5 stars, but I loved them!! Infidel is about a woman born in Somalia who had a horrific life (even though she would not describe it as such, despite FGM), she fled and managed to get a place in the Dutch Parliament. How amazing is that, she is inspirational.
Secondly, in the order of reading, Bloodlands is about the lands between Germany and Russia and what happened there between 1933 and 1945 when 14 million people were killed by either the fascists or the communists. It is hard to read due to its topic, but lovely written, and obviously a subject that is still relevant today for more reasons than one.
A Judge in Auschwitz is about an SS judge who was fighting corruption and illegal murders. It sounds incredible, they were trying to kill all Jews, but in the correct order or so. It’s a must read because if offers an insight not only into what was happening during the war, but after that in Germany too.
Lastly, an essay by Orwell, which is fantastic, as all his work.

Books I read in June:
100 Letters That Changed the World by Colin Salter – 1 star
A Guide to Medieval Gardens by Michael Brown – 4.5 stars
Fighting For Franco by Judith Keene – 1 star
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali – 5 stars
Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder – 5 stars
A Judge in Auschwitz by Kevin Prenger – 5 stars
Le voci della sera by Natalia Ginzburg – 3 stars
The Lion and the Unicorn by George Orwell – 5 stars
A Concise History of Italy by Christopher Duggan – 4 stars

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  1. You did and saw so many wonderful things this month! I’ve been enjoying the Instagram photos from Italy and look forward to hearing all about it here when you return.

    The war in Ukraine has been overshadowed by other events here in the past week or so. We still get coverage, though, and I was appalled at the bombing of the shopping mall this week.
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    1. I have so many things I want to blog about. I will make a very short round-up today and I will blog about my holiday for the next 3 months, without joking, we did so many things. :))

      I watched news in Italian almost each morning and I saw what is happening in US, very distressing. As one British MP said, the law in US should have changed. I think a referendum should be made on this issue and the law to reflect the will of the majority, which I imagine it is to allow women a choice over their bodies. Even if “pro-life” wins in a referendum, then at least is the will of the majority of the people and not of a few the in Supreme Court.

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