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23rd edition of the Buskers Festival

Live music from some of Europe’s finest street artists, cheap mojitos and caipiroskas (the melon version has a spot in my heart), tarot card readings, calligraphy analysis and all things vagabond and gypsy: all this and more at the 23rd edition of the Ferrara Buskers Festival.

Started in 1988 to bring the spotlight on street performers and give them due credit for the way their originality, perseverance and commitment can bring a smile on the most hardened of pedestrians and commuters, the festival rakes in some 800,000 yearly spectators from all corners of Europe (and father away).

Set in dramatic Ferrara, the festival runs from the 20th to the 29th of August with nightly performances from 18.00 till 24.00

Can’t wait for the arrival of Jelle’s family this week-end! It’s been more than a year since  we last met and for the first time, it’s not in Belgium at 4 °C! See you soon and have a good trip!

 

Some days you just want to roll up your sleeves and go. So pull out the walking shoes; dust off the bike; pack the car trunk and lock the house. It’s time you went, saw and conquered those places you’d put aside for ‘another day’.

So today we made a trip to Comacchio and this is what we spied:

The day started with two hits of the snooze button at 6am, followed by a mad scramble to get dressed, recover the camera, identity cards, cellphone and wallets before rushing to the train station. By 10am we were in Peschiera del Garda strolling like all other early-season tourists, biding our time until the 13.30pm shuttle to Gardaland, Europe’s 3rd biggest theme park.

The last time i was here, i was 8?9?10? I was with my mom and my younger brother.

Not going in for free, for sure!

Today i went in as a 25 year old on a date with her boyfriend, but realized that upon entrance, even the most cynical and hardened of adults give their sensibilities a day pass: I was bubbling with excitement and Jelle knew it, which gave me but 3 minutes before he whisked me off from ride to ride.

Magic Mountain

You’d think two experienced adrenaline chasers like us wouldn’t have a problem with the twists in a theme park’s ride, alas, we were jelly-kneed at the sight of some of the attractions’ fundamental highlights. To think 6 year olds were running around the park braving the very rides we stayed clear from! Our yard stick was: if a 2 year old can do it, so can we! But, if a 10 year old can do it, watch first, do later. 🙂

Jelle (always) having a blast

 

Blue Tornado

We have to say though, one of the fun-est attractions was Spongebob in 4D!

Spongebob

He who lives under the sea in a pineapple!!!

 But only because it was in 4D, okay? Ahem… 🙂

Currently on display at Triennale Design Museum in Milan, the exhibition comprises 800 objects to make us rethink the vision vested in their craftsmanship and how it ties to our identity.

Summer’s gone, replaced by its brash, introverted cousin, Autumn. The breeze is now more of a gust and the days are characterized by impetuous changes in weather. Oh well. It’s time to pack and fly home!

Well, to Italy anyway 🙂

We’ve got work! From the 12th of April we’ll be working as couriers for Homair, a french tour operator with sites in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Croatia and France, and we’ve received word we’ll be deployed to Vigna Sul Mar near Ferrara, on the Adriatic Coast.

We’re looking forward to being in Europe again. Inasmuch as we’ve enjoyed New Zealand, we’ve both realized we actually love European culture. In store for 2010 is a much better familiarization with our own birth rights! And as we’ve made friends with two couples who’ll be based in Italy (Adam and Laura from Franz Josef, who’ll be working near Venice from April onwards and Selina and Walter who live in Cuneo), there’s the chance we’ll be doing some visiting and touring with them.

Oh, the mouth waters at the thought of proper food! Pizza! Cheese! Wine! Italy, here we come!!!!!

See you all soon!