29 August 2014

Cavorting with the Companion: Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

After spending three nights in Bologna, it was time to move on. So we took the train from Bologna and rode it all the way to Florence. Florence would be our next base, spending a total of five nights here while exploring the city and its surroundings. And the first thing we explored was the main cathedral of the city, the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore.

27 August 2014

Praxis Makes Perfect

Last month, my partner took me to a music and theatre performance. It was quite different from what we have attended so far before, at so many levels. This was the performance of Praxis Makes Perfect, which was a joint production by the band Neon Neon as well as National Theatre Wales. It was part of the Foreign Affairs Festival, which is a series of performing arts events by various artists from around the world. And on top of that, this performance was held in the venerable Berghain, the legendary club in Berlin. Unfortunately, I have to say that after the show, both of us had the opinion that we didn't like what we saw.

25 August 2014

Cavorting with the Companion: Rimini Beachfront

After spending the morning and half of the afternoon in San Marino, we went to Rimini, which was where our train connection was. Rimini is popular as a beach destination, but since it was still March, the beach scene was pretty much dead. Regardless, we opted to head to the beach and check it out.

23 August 2014

Book Review: Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

I am not sure I have a positive impression of this book. I picked it up, read it, and got lost in the pages, so to speak. Hence, my experience reading this book was in fact the opposite of its title; for me, nothing was illuminated. And I have to say that I cannot speak positively of this book.

Let's begin first with the plot. There are two story-lines: one in the present time, which consists of Jonathan, an American, who travels to Ukraine; Alex, a Ukrainian translator; and Alex's grandfather, a driver who supposedly is blind. Alex and his grandfather operate a shady tour guide outfit, catering for the needs of Jews living abroad who would want to visit the Old World in order to find their relatives. Oh, there's also a mad female dog, dubbed Sammy Davis Junior Junior, who is also known as the Officious Seeing Eye Bitch of the tour company. The other story line takes place several generations earlier, which depicts the lives of Jonathan's ancestors from the 1700s to the time around World War II.

21 August 2014

Cavorting with the Companion: Tempio Malatestiano in Rimini

After spending the whole morning and most of the afternoon in San Marino, we took the bus back to Rimini. Since our train wasn't leaving until a couple of hours later, we decided to check out the town and see what it would offer. Unfortunately, there wasn't much. We opted to check out this church, but unfortunately, I have to say that I have seen other churches that were more splendid than this one.