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Why trying to enter Italy illegally could cost you your life

Men on lifeboat with sinking ship in background

The recent shipwreck that occurred not far away from the Italian coast, involving an African boat with more than three hundred souls onboard, most of which drowned, triggered once again a heated debate on the Italian law regulating this matter.

Put simply, the bill on immigration approved on 2002 forbids the act of bringing people who don’t have a visa for Italy onto Italian territory in any case.

That means, if you are fishing and spot a boat filled with starving people which is going to sink under their weight, decide to save them, bring them to the nearest hospital, and that hospital is incidentally on Italian territory, then you’ve just committed a crime.
Not to mention the seizure of the boat, which is ordered even in the case of bringing dead bodies ashore.

Hypothetical? Not really.

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Driving in Switzerland: don’t deal with Swiss Police, they will deal with you

Adapting to drive in another country is not always easy.

One has to adapt to:

  • Different rules
  • Different signaling system
  • Different driving styles of the other drivers
  • Different police

Swiss Police

Different police

Imagine you are driving in northern Switzerland, where people pretend to speak German.

It’s after midnight, and I’m driving well below the speed limit, since I know there are many radars around.

Suddenly a car overtakes me, and – surprise – it is a police car.

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Best countries to move to according to your needs: the Better Life Index

A grafic country rating on 11 different topics

A grafic country rating on 11 different topics

Even when people have the opportunity and the willingness to move their whole life abroad for whatever reason, it can be difficult to choose what country is the best.
Some have a dream country, but it’s not like that for everybody. Many just would know they want to move abroad, but aren’t sure where to.

I’ve personally been through that: years ago I knew for sure I wanted to leave Italy (or I should say flee), but I had no idea which country best suited my needs and my nature.
I knew for sure that I wanted to move to a less-corrupted country. I liked the abundance of opportunities that the US can offer. I loved Australia’s quality of life. I was attracted by the culture of some European countries like the UK, Switzerland and Germany.

If you are going through this yourself, please check out the Better Life Index web page.

The better life index

The OECD’s Better Life Index is an indicator that takes in account eleven different aspects in quality of life and rates countries basing on all of them or part of them. They call them “topics”.

You can rate the different topics independently from a minimum to a maximum and check what countries score best according to what aspects are most important in life to you.

The different life topics are:

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How to get to Antarctica by sea

If you’ve ever wondered how it is to reach Antarctica by the sea, here’s a story about it.

Giant flat iceberg and sea pack in Antarctica

If you are so lucky to have the possibility to visit Antarctica, the journey from your residence place to your Antarctic destination will be typically made of two distinct parts.
First you will reach a country in the southern hemisphere–like Argentina, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand–by commercial transportation.
Then you will fly or sail to Antarctica.

This article tells a story of how Antarctica is reached by the sea in the form of a navigation log. The source is first-hand, since I’ve written it myself during my first trip to Antarctica not long time ago.

This journey has started in Christchurch, New Zealand and has ended at Dumont D’Urville, Adelie Land, Antarctica.
Going from a civilized, temperate-climate region, to Antarctica is like traveling to another planet, especially if you don’t have any previous experience in a polar environment.
You see the world you are familiar with transforming into something else, something really, really different. That happens in the span of a few days.

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The porphyry disc in St. Peter where Charlemagne was crowned in the year 800 is still there

A photo of the Red Porphyry Disk by Linda C. McCabe

A photo of the Red Porphyry Disk by Linda C. McCabe from Legends of Medieval France and Italy.

Charlemagne

Charlemagne

There is a place in Rome where you can walk over a floor that had Charlemagne on his knees on it.

The most amusing thing about it is that most people don’t even know that. In fact, if you’ve ever been inside St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, you’ve probably already walked on it.

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