C’è davvero qualcosa da festeggiare?

Mentre mi preparo al mio compleanno a Londra, mi chiedo davvero cosa c’è da festeggiare dopo i terribili recenti eventi nel mondo. Come molti già sanno, quest’anno ero felicissima perchè la cerimonia di laurea di mio figlio a giugno mi dà l’occasione di festeggiare il mio compleanno a Londra. Londra è la mia città preferita…

Pumps and ghosts

Leggi in italiano A couple of months ago, a new noise started troubling our nights. It was the sound of a water pump, or a compressor, which started at around 10pm, and went on, intermittently, until the wee hours. First we wondered; then we endured; then we went to Singapore for my dengue fever; then…

Jakarta, let’s talk

Leggi in italiano I have had ups and downs in my relationship with Jakarta. I always say that I am happy anywhere you place me, which is true because I love my projects and my life is blessed with loads of amazing friends, whom I feel close to me even at a distance. And makings…

My latest project

Leggi in italiano Did you know that besides being called “the woman of contacts”, I am named “the woman of projects”? This is why I cannot live without listening to the multitude of ideas that spring to my mind constantly, and from time to time I take one and turn it into a real project….

Home, Ritorno a casa

Leggi in italiano I am so happy I decided to join the Literature Study Group of the Indonesian Heritage Society. If I hadn’t, today I would not have read the amazing novel by Leila S. Chudori, Home. Set in different moments of Indonesian History (1965, 1998 and some moments in between), Home tells the story…

Missing them

Leggi in italiano As I have repeatedly explained, I did not feel a complete connection to Jakarta until I decided to win my fear and drive my car to move around. Since I came back from my summer holidays, I am using it more and more. Driving in an unfamiliar place, with traffic rules that…

A meaningful life abroad

Leggi in italiano A few days ago, here in Jakarta, my husband and one of his colleagues of the Indonesian Red Cross gave a talk about the Red Cross Movement. I love this kind of events, because they give me the chance to stop and think about how valuable our experience abroad has been thanks…

La conferenza più bella del mondo

You can read a version in English here   La conferenza della Families in Global Transition a cui ho partecipato – ormai lo sanno anche i sassi – dal 10 al 12 marzo ad Amsterdam, è passata in un soffio, ma mi porterò dentro per sempre il suo ricordo e l’atmosfera unica di quei tre…