Thursday, December 6, 2012

A Brazilian Traveller

 - living in Milano

Ornella is a Brazilian girl/yound woman who travels and smiles a lot. She currently has her basis in Milan. Not only does she love travelling, but she makes it a way of living. She shares impressions and images she gathers, in OriginalMileS travelling website, together with her mother and sister 
(in Brazilian).

Name:            Ornella Maggi
Age:               23
From:             Sao Paolo, Brazil
To:                 Milan, Italy
Initially for:      Erasmus
Currently for:  Bachelor Studies
Studies Field:  Communication &         

Duomo, Milano
  1.  Your relation with Milan in climax.
    "Loved it since the beginning. As I already knew the city and the language it was easy to get adapted, but it's different when you are a tourist and when you are a citizen of a new place for you".
  2. The University and what you think is special about its function.
    "The University I graduated in Italy (IULM) actually didn't drive me crazy. What made me stay three and half years in Milan was the curiosity for the unknown and the adventure of living alone with no parents, where I learned a lot, in terms of personality and lifestyle".

  3. People in Milan in 3 words



  4. Your favourite habit in the city.
    "The famous aperitivo time (normally from 6 to 9pm places usually serve a drink with some finger food or buffet) and walking around".

  5. The best place to go out.
    "Tasca, in Corso di Porta Ticinese, near to Colonne di San Lorenzo".

  6. The song linked to your life in Milan.
     "There are different songs for different periods of my life in Milan. I'd say:
                                        Sky and sand,   I follow you,
                        The hotel costes compilation,
                                       Drive by,     A fuego lento
    Park in Milan

                         Coming home,  Selfish love"

  7. The taste.
    "All kind of pasta"

  8. The reason you could stay for years and the reason you could not.
    "Why I could:   Freedom
    Why I could not: Family"

  9. What about the OriginalMiles website?
    "OriginalMiles is an idea that came up to me and my sister after 2 years living together in Milan. We would always look up for nice and cool places to go around the world, specially Europe and Italy and we would get business cards everywhere. These business cards ended up somewhere and we never did anything about it.       Then people (mostly friends) started asking us what to do, where to go, where to stay and we would write them e-mails.      At a certain point we decided to put it all up in one place: and this is the beginning of OriginalMileS".
    New York

  10. Your favourite city in the world.


  11. The most impressive city you have visited. 
    "Matera, in Basilicata, south of Italy.
    Known as city of the rocks, breathtaking".

  12. An ideal city for going with friends.
    "In the summer: Mykonos or St. Tropez
    In the winter: Cortina D'Ampezzo
    All year long: Paris" 

  13. Pizza Italiana
       An ideal city for visiting as a couple.
    "Toscana, Italy"

  14.  Your favourite couisine.

    "Italian, definitely". 

  15. What is unique for you about Sao Paolo.
     "Friends and family. The city where you're born and grew up will always be your home. And at some point, you need to go back. These things will never change".

  16. Cortina D'Ampezzo
    What would make you stay in a city permanently.

  17. Moments of your journeys that remain always alive in your memory.
    "The thousands aperitivos with  friends in tasca
    The weekends in Cortina 
    Easter with Jachi's family
    The nights out at my place
    The graduation party
    The day I met Cami (my best italian friend) in University".

    18.  The most important thing you have gained as a traveller.
    "Knowledge and experience. they will be with me wherever I go".

    [Photos by Ornella, #OriginalMileS]

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Studying Music in Salzburg

Nefeli Mousoura. Piano Soloist.

Some people are just born to do or to become something specific. Like there is no other way than this. Nefeli carries the harmonies of music in her blood as if her veins are pentagrams.
                         Starting playing the piano from a very early age, she is now a soloist. Studying and performing classical music in the city of Mozart.

Age:   24
From: Piraeus, Greece
To :    Salzburg, Austria
For:    Bachelor of Piano 
       (concert pianist major)
     at the University “Mozarteum

1.      What makes you sure that the direction you followed in your life is your deepest desire?
"The feeling that I couldn’t live without it".

2.      Do you think that you were influenced by the musical background of your family?

"My  mom is a music-lover, and she was the one who introduced me to the classical music world, so I think yes, the family background was decisive".

3.      Your favourite artist.
"Maria Callas".

4. The most inspiring era of time.
"19th  century, I love romanticism! And of course, the greatest inspiration for me is always ancient Greece. Whatever it is, I always go back to this time of history".

5. What are the qualifications to enter your current school?  
   "A candidate needs to acquire already high level of piano performance, and one gets admitted after very demanding auditions…"

6. What is special about studying music in Austria
    "Its a really special feeling to study and live in a city where classical music was born. Here you understand so much the classical era of music, it’s the city itself, the buildings , the tradition, it’s the atmosphere, that inspires you so much, the  amazing feeling that you walk in the same streets, you see the same views, as Mozart did".

7. Your furtherst dream. 
   "To be able to transmitt  true feelings through my music,  to be able to create transcandental moments of  dreaming and true emotion. To be able to make just a bit more beautiful the life even of one person. Through Music".

8. What is missing form Austria?
 "Craziness  (but thank God musicians have more than enough!)".

9. The best thing to do with company in Salzburg
         "Making music!"

10. The best thing to do alone. 
      "Playing music, walking in the nature"

11. The people of Salzburg
       "Friendly and helpful".

12. The song linked to your life in this city.
"Music of Mozart".

13. The taste.

14. Your top moment of being a piano soloist. 
      "Every concert is different, and therefore a unique experience".

15. What you will keep forever.  
     "Memories full of emotions. Knowledge and wisdom that I got studing in this university and living in this city".

Mozarteum University