Looking back at it, the weekend went by blindingly fast, as usual. Thinking back at everything that happened over the past three days, however, returns a different mental picture of how fun filled and action packed it was.
After giving it much consideration, I deliberated that leaving for the mountains with my friends two hours after flying back to Italy to see my family would be a bit too inconsiderate.
Why on earth do people still refuse to wear seatbelts? Why on earth do people still think that they don't need to wear seatbelts when riding in the back seat?
Is it because they have never seen what happens to their bodies when the car they travelling in crashes and suddendly stops? Don't they know that their bodies will continue to travel in the same direction and at the same speed they were moving at just before the crash?
Every time I am in Italy, I am always shocked by how widespread the practice of drink driving is.
Drinking and driving is not just commonly practiced, but also socially accepted. Many people would go out for one or more drinks and then drive home, without even questioning or thinking about their ability to drive safely.
Even when people know they are going to have a big night out and get hammered, they do not make arrangements to have someone sober drive them home. This applies to every age group, not just young drivers.
... or in other words, graduating in Environmental Engineering.
Kudos to my sister Marta for sticking it out and making it through a rigorous and challenging five years of study at the Politecnico di Milano, the leading engineering university in Italy.
Hard work, challenging exams, geeky students, countless hours spent hunching over books, solving mind bending problems, and much more: this is what one has to go through to graduate in Engineering at the Politecnico.
It's that time of the year to be merry and to put up Christmas decorations.
Yesterday we happily dug out our Christmas tree and decorations and put them up in the living room.
Soon after we unboxed the tree, we not so merrily realized that it was way too small for our new apartment. It was dwarfed by the space around it and it looked more like weed sprouting out from the carpet than like a tall fir tree!