Found Objects: Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark

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Hillerød, Denmark. May 2013.

Right at the entrance to Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark, we found a beer can by the bridge, against a pristine nature landscape, and then a rather large spider web by the water. Metaphors?




How to Open a Student Bank Account in Italy

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It is not easy. I haven’t been able to find a step-by-step guide on how to do it, only some vague suggestions in forums and whatnot (sometimes, I even find some in English). And since I’ve just gone through the whole arduous process, I thought I might as well share the tidbits I’ve learned in the last few days. The process and regulations for non-residents/students are very different from Italian citizens, and none of the banks (so far) had any pamphlets or literature in English, so it can be quite challenging to look for the information you need ASAP. Here’s what I’ve found so far:

Buongiorno, Firenze!

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After more than thirty hours of travel (planes, trains, and transit), Florence sure delivers a great payoff. Like Rome and Venice, Florence is like a city-museum. Immediately after I stepped out of the train station, I was already greeted with monuments and beautiful Tuscan architecture and those cute umbrella trees like in the above photo.


I have been to Florence twice before, but always for too short a time and always just in the Centro Storico area. I can’t tell you how freakin’ excited I am to be able to live here for a year or two; to be able to walk in the footsteps of the Medicis and all the Renaissance greats (Da Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Rafael, Caravaggio–to name a few! Oh, and Machiavelli too.) I may have also been extra-pumped-up from watching Da Vinci’s Demons before coming here. It’s fictional and at times ludicrous, but fun to watch all the same. Haha.


My first few days will be mostly about getting paperwork done, looking for supermarkets and banks and whatnot (online research is oddly insufficient). I Google-mapped some supermarkets near my hotel, but upon visiting them, found them closed for the day (and it was barely 5pm!) That’s European operating hours for you.

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On another note, my meals while on the road (and in between flights/train rides) were strangely alike. I must have had at least four or five coffees all throughout. Wonder if it’ll help with the jetlag.

Six Days


GG_17Less than a week to go before D-Day, and I’m still trying to figure out where to take out ten kilos from my array of luggage. I’ve basically ended up ditching a lot of clothes and am now worried that I might be disproportionately dressed–too much outerwear and too many pairs of shoes, and not enough actual clothes. I’m screwed if the cold weather I’m expecting (for majority of my stay) does not turn up 😐

The time has trickled away and I find myself with too many errands and not enough meals left for meeting up with friends and family for a ‘see-ya-later’ sort of affair. To those I was not  or will not be able to meet up with before I leave, I apologise. There’s an open invitation to come visit me in Florence, although I sadly cannot host you in my tiny shared student apartment.

In any case, freakin’ excited.