Lorenzo & his humble friends

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool

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Traditions matter

The most gracious book I read recently is a fictional diary: at the end of each year the writer makes a list of friends – new, old, and lost ones. I have started thinking in those terms. Last year I kept my closest friends here; also made some new acquaintances from whom I can probably learn a great deal should I manage to keep up with them (P. B.; L. B.; F. M.); I tightened my bonds with four friends who have an enormous importance for me (T. L. A.; N.d R.; N. S.; M. L.); and I weakened my bonds with a few other friends with whom I should have been more present (M. M.; M. V.; J. H.).

More specifically on this last point, last year for the first time I have not spent the end of December with my Canadien‘s crew after a streak of four memorable reunions – 2011 Utrecht2012 Innsbruck2013 Florence2014 the Hague, 2015 Berlin. This is no good.

For next year I must continue to make new acquaintances, but I also want to restore ties with some old friends. Oh fate, let it start from the Canadien family, because this is one of the most important things I have been part of since I have become a person of alleged maturity.

2016: resolutions

Take up cooking again. Talk to strangers, make new friends. Keep reading books; and maybe read some poems too. Distill and trade. Spend time with Camilla and Isabella. Volunteer, much. Start and finish a Gran Fondo. Teach one more university seminar. Write three chapters for my Ph.D. dissertation. Become part of something – NGOs? cycling clubs? freemasonry? Hike with Manuel, Mindo, and Giallu. Learn something new – something practical, possibly. Try to read and practice the spiritual exercises of Ignatius. Drink whiskey with Martin and Niels. Travel outside Europe. Meet the Canadians: Iris, Joe, Jasper. Write Thomas. Avoid weddings – except Nele’s. Be present. Make a plan for life. Visit Aosta.

Creative suggestions: July

I thought I’d ask some creative friends some suggestions on what movies to watch. Here‘s what came out last time. In this post you’ll find six brand new ideas.

This is a movie that has only brought me incredible memories and a lot of laughs. It is funny and I am pretty sure every dane of my age knows this movie and can quote quite a few sentences from it. It is about love, finding the one and only, how to be cheated on and disappointed and not to forget about jealousy. Its about daily life and all obstacles surrounding this. It evolves subjects as adoption, heritage and prejudices mostly about blond girls – which are hilarious. It compares relationships to cars not to forget kitchens and it makes sense. I tend to watch it quit a few times annually with friends just because it makes my mood go right up in the air. Also everyone can recognize oneself or a situation in the movie at one point and thats a promise even though it can be frightening. Watch: Den Eneste Ene. (P.W.S)

Dovremmo imparare a diffidare delle persone, a proteggerci dagli altri? E proteggendoci ci evitiamo di provare dolore, sofferenza o semplicemente ci precludiamo possibilità, stati d’animo, emozioni? Film consigliato: La migliore offerta. (L.Z.)

This is an Irish movie about two best friends who fight together against Britain during the Irish fight for independence. The friends struggle continues as they continue fighting on opposing sides in the Irish civil war a year later. The movie is well worth watching perhaps a brief read on Irish history before you watch the film is advised as similar events like this did happen in Ireland back in the 1920’s. Watch: The Wind that Shakes the Barely. (J. E.)

Questa è una satira sull’assurdità delle letture integraliste dei cosiddetti testi sacri e sulla corruzione insita nelle religioni istituzionalizzate (soprattutto della religione cattolica), descritte in maniera brillante come agenzie di marketing più interessate a vendere un prodotto che ad accompagnare l’individuo in un percorso verso la “verità”. Tuttavia non è un film anti-religioso. Anche persone con una sensibilità religiosa possono trovarlo divertente. Da esso emerge infatti l’aspirazione ad una religiosità più sostanziale e meno rituale. Personalmente non ho apprezzato questo livello del messaggio perché non lo condivido. Film consigliato – forse: Dogma. (F.P.)

I’ve got some friends here in Canada who became allergic to certain types of food and I’m pretty sure it’s because of how badly food is treated mostly in North America. Also, people rely too much on pills to get their daily vitamin requirements instead of just eating a more balanced diet. So if food can damage your body, it can also make you feel better if you know what and how to eat and in some cases, cure cancer too. I find that documentary incredibly interesting because food is the main component of a great health. Watch: Food matters. (L.P.)

I’d been thinking for long to change the rules [of this post] a little as I’m not what you would call an avid movie freak. Series are more my thing. More space for a complex development of character and story. I like that. The series I would have recommended was ‘House of Cards’. An American remake of a British series with Kevin Spacey as a mischievous senator who’s willing to do anything in order to become president. His character represents everything that’s wrong with politics but by breaking the fourth wall in a strange kind of way – and against your own will – you empathise with him. You could in some way say it’s ‘Borgen’ – an acclaimed Danish political series – but with a thick layer of American sauce. More drama, more thrill, less realistic but oh so yummy. BUT! Then I thought of one of the few movies that really left an impression on me and it turns out to be a Danish movie. Yes, Danish again, the Danes are good to us if it comes to film and series (another tip: Jagten). At first the story is presented as a fight between good and evil. A neo-nazi, Adam, is sentenced to community service at a rural church. The local priest: good, neo-nazi: evil. Adam jokingly accepts he will fulfil his service by baking an apple pie. But as the film progresses other layers of the story start appearing. The – in this movie exaggerated – unconditional belief and devotion required for religion is what has always amazed and annoyed me about belief. Yet this movie showed me the other side of things in an uncanny way. By emphasizing the characteristics of belief, science, good and evil it sketches a wonderful, multi-faceted caricature of our world. Watch: Adam’s Aebler (J. H.)

That’s brilliant! I mean, tragic, of course. But brilliant.

A few years ago I was planning to walk the Camino de Santiago. Then the idea slowly slipped out of my mind and I moved on to other objectives.

This morning I was having breakfast with Juan and Celine, my temporary flatmates thanks to Roberto, and we ended up talking about the Camino. I remembered this trailer I saw just a few days ago and I am now thinking about the Camino again. Why not doing it this summer?

By the way: the Irish guy in the movie makes me think of Joe.

How far can you travel with no money?

As I just posted a video from UVic, it is worth mentioning another place where I studied, Trinity College Dublin. Matter of fact, Joe just shared this Time article which is about how Far Can You Travel in 36 Hours with No Money. In an event known as the Trinity College Jailbreak, nearly 70 students from the Dublin University were given a day and a half to get as far away from the Irish capital as they could without spending any money. “We originally thought people would travel to the U.K. and around Ireland, we never imagined they would make it out of Europe,” Sorcha McCauley, one of the organizers, told TIME over the phone.

According to McCauley, two competitors made it as far as St. Peter’s square in Vatican City, where they dressed up as priests and handed in their résumés for a certain job opening. But others arrived even more far away: apparently, a few of them did arrive in the hometown of that other person who got the job – just tonight. To find out, read the rest of the article here.

It is always the time for skinny dipping

On January 1st, over 1,000 New Year swimmers braved freezing conditions in the River Forth in front of the Forth Rail Bridge during the annual Loony Dook Swim in South Queensferry, Scotland.

Meanwhile, in the Netherlands a lone diver was running into the North Sea for Nieuwjaarsduik.

And us? This time around we were not there. And for some reasons, Jasper, Joe and I look way more relaxed in 2013. Just getting older, I guess.

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The first two photos are part of the 2013: Marking new year gallery of the Boston Globe.