3 weeks ago I decided not to publish any posts after a pretty dramatic weekend. I was in Turin (Italy) with probably the worst wifi in the whole city, after arriving on Thursday, attending a job interview on Friday, trying to avoid feeling upset because I was sure I didn’t get it on Saturday, and over the moon because I did on Sunday. At which point it all got a little more complicated because the job started the following Monday. So on the Monday three weeks ago I was busy trying to organise flights, accommodation, and adult by planning things like insurance and bank accounts, and all the other things you need to think about when you have a new job.
Could you follow that? No? Well then you understand how overwhelmed I was feeling. Blogging just didn’t fit in, and I didn’t want to give you some ‘half-baked’ post. So I took an extra week to get everything straightened out and my head back on. And then of course, I realised. Not only is this new job great news for my brain which will finally receive some new challenges and great news for my wallet (mini black hole that it is), but it is of course great news for you: we once again get to explore a new home!
So, Turin (or Torino) lies close to the Alps, France, and Switzerland. It is an Italian city famous for the typical Italian things: cars, football and art. For those of you that need a refresher: FIAT made its cars here until the 1980s (when large scale production ended), Juventus calls this its home, and the most famous spire in the Turin skyline is the National Museum of Film. The post-FIAT years saw the industrial city reinvent itself (much like Cleveland Ohio), and now it is a funky, student filled city, with plenty of alternative cafes, clubs and bars. With 900,000 inhabitants it’s actually pretty large, and it’s sport oriented- it hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics and was the European city of sport last year.
It’s also the birthplace of Nutella. (YES!)
Most of all though, it’s beautiful. Once you mention the car industry (some of which is still in the surrounding area) people immediately assume a large, soulless industrial city. Turin has a lot of traditional Italian charm though, defying these expectations. My morning runs in the past week have taken me past an old castle, countless churches, along narrow cobbled alleys and past countless stylish balconies. And it sits in prime outdoorsy locations.
So, for the next few months I will try to give you small stories, beautiful shots and quiet contemplations from a city in the northern corner of Italy. Man, I’m excited. Hope you are, too.