Another ruined paradise

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[Since the post is addressed mainly to italians you can find the english translation after the italian text.] “Vieni Mike, saliamo con gli sci di notte che domani ci svegliamo in un piccolo paradiso.” Mike è un mio amico irlandese … Continue reading

Koliada

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If one Christmas Day is not enough, just move to some Christian Orthodox countries to celebrate it twice. According to the older Julian Calendar (the one without leap day or 29th of February) used by the Orthodox Churches, Christmas Eve … Continue reading

hohlZKE

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When I was living in Switzerland, my home in Zurich was called FabritZKE, one of the many projects on the LabitZKE-area. Formerly a color factory it was used as a residence by many people until, to make a long story … Continue reading

Occupy Tbilisi

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Only few tents protect the trees of Vake Park, the Georgian capital’s most popular green space, from the realization of a $20 million redevelopment project that would replace public commons with a private luxury hotel. Through the sub-zero temperatures of January … Continue reading

A place I love

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Georgia, and the whole Caucasus, is a place where I feel at home. Don’t ask me why! I don’t think it is only for khinkali, which for a person that likes good food as I do would be a good … Continue reading

Valgrande: a Rite

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It is the 10th time we descended into Valgrande. It was October and the first snow melted to let us through. Following the same steps, lighting the same stoves, bathing in the same pound. Among changing, light, weather and revolutions … Continue reading

Studenten

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I spent most of the past months covering the events in Ukraine and I haven’t updated my blog in a while… here are few pictures I took in Uppsala after my last assignment in Sweden. What is going on? It … Continue reading

A weekend in Abkhazia

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During my little survey of Caucasus, I spent a couple of days in Abkhazia thanks to my friends who collaborate with the italian NGO Rondine. This organization, in short, try to reconcile ethnic groups in conflict with each other (in this … Continue reading

The unexpected

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Sometimes I just have to leave the ordinary for a place where I have never been to rediscover the nomadic explorer which resides in me. It doesn’t have necessarily to be as far as Azerbaijan, it can be just a … Continue reading

Do you want to dance?

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Do you know that in Teatralnaya Metro station, Kiev, a group of people who don’t have a free place to dance anymore meet every Sunday?

Naftalan

A patient baths in crude oil at 40°C. © 2013 Jacob Balzani Lööv. All rights reserved.

Long before the invention of the combustion engine, industrial revolution and climate change, the crude oil of Naftalan, a little town in the plains of Azerbaijan, was used as a remedy for numerous skin diseases and rheumatism. The heavy oil  is … Continue reading