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Living in Italy 2

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Here is the second entry of my diary and I'm very happy that so many people are interested and lilke to read what I write about me in Italy.

In the beginning just some short impressions of the lab and surrounding. The trainstation I’m arriving in the morning and leaving in the afternoon is located directly at the sea.

Honestly then it is not a big deal when you miss your train, you just sit down on a rock, watch the waves and time flies by.

We will see how much I will enjoy this in winter when a cold wind comes from the sea….

From the trainstation you also have nice view to Ancona harbour and the cathedral on top of the hill.

And here a little picture of the view from the lab:

So whenever there is an incubation time you just can lift your head look out on the sea and dream, very nice!

And now to something completely different:

Yesterday we had an unwelcome visitor. A gigantic and upset hornet didn't manage to find the way out of the kitchen window after finding it in obviously. Stupid hornet! I was a bit scared by the size (something between a peanut and a matchbox car) why I escaped and closed the door, waiting for my Italian knight in his white armore on his horse coming home to rescue me. The stupid hornet in the meanwhile found a way into our seiling lamp and not out of course and got then even more upset about this.

After naming him Arturo he unfortunately had to die in the lamp after a fair and bloody fight with the italian knight:

Today I’m going to address an issue which leads to ongoing discussion between me and Marco!


Italians, a peculiar species!




Italians have a different approach when it comes to arts than Germans have (at least the ones I know).


Marco and I are reaching the point in our apartment where it comes to the decisions where to put what kind of pictures on the walls. We at least agree about putting up pictures, so far so good. We also probably can find pictures we both like, also no problem. But then the disagreement starts and this is a intercultural issue I think and I would be interested to hear your opinion:


The common Italian (lets call him, hmmm, maybe Marco but there are other examples) is putting any picture he likes into a frame fitting to the picture (mainly suggesting by a foreigner: e.g. frame making person or the artist) and is than hanging these randomly at the place he choose, in any position/distance to each other he likes (normally directly under the seiling to have space for later coming pictures).Unfortunately doesn't the common Italian consider the frame of a picture as a piece of furniture which has to fit into the room and into the room’s furniture, means he is not taking in account that a light wodden frame doesn't fit with mahagony furniture.

Neither does he consider staying with one kind of style at one wall (of course not even one style in one room). So the common Italian puts several pictures in different frames of different styles and sizes up on one wall in random distance to each other. When you want to put series of pictures on one wall you are considered to be to poor for “real” art (of course a series of Picassos would be something different….).


The artistic German on the other hand is more looking at the whole concept of a room. Not be simple minded and focusing on the single picture more trying to create a well balanced and harmonic overall impression. Therefore the frame will be chosen considering the room and (!) picture, if the perfect fitting frame doesn’t fit for the picture, it’s the wrong picture for that room. Several pictures on one wall are of the same style or the same frame at least one of these rules have to be applied, because the picture have to be in a relation to each other. Additionally the pictures have to hang in equal distances to each other and in eye catching position on the wall (not under the seiling) for a harmonic concept.

Therefore the room has a balanced and the eye pleasing look.

To say it short: Italians foccussing on the pictures itself while Germans more on the overall concept of a wall/room! Would you agree? And how is it in other countries?

So far Marco and I could agree to put one big picture (I will make sure that it is not directly beneath the seiling) on the living room wall to escape the issue regarding fitting styles and frames, now we are just in need for a big picture! Whenever we will have the final solution I will post a picture here for you, but don't expect this to quick....


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