Impressions of Italy: Culture shock and the lessons I’ve taken from it

Aug 12th, 2009 David Berger 5 min read

Introduction to Italian culture: Culture Shock Italian culture is an amazing mix of history, passion, and poetry. It’s been said that French is the language of love, Spanish the language of God, and Italian the language of Poetry. The mixed artistic and cultural heritage created and passed down since the early Roman Empire is nearly unsurpassed in the European theater. Italians as a people in…

Jumping Ahead

Aug 12th, 2009 David Berger 6 min read

Hello folks! I apologize for the delay in blogging. Since Alex and I set off into the Highlands of Scotland and then across into Northern Ireland and then I continued into Northern England and down to London to return home I’ve not been able to blog. I’ve got quite a bit of catching up to do. As part of that process I’m now posting some…

Bergamo!

May 5th, 2009 David Berger 1 min read

Bergamo – 5-1-09 I awoke at 7 am, having taken a shower the night before and prepared for an early train to Bergamo. Bergamo is a beautiful city consisting of two parts. The old upper city a walled fortress built at the top of a steep hill and the languid lower city stretching off into the plains. Bergamo’s upper city is the real attraction, with…

Final Week in Milan!

May 5th, 2009 David Berger 4 min read

Final Week Milan: A week without work, a week without some of the simple joys of routine, this week… enthusiastically preparing for my departure, a return to uncertainty, discovery, personal self discovery. A return to travel! Not knowing where or when I’ll be somewhere until the day before. Walking the city, speaking to locals searching for the perfect hostel or hotel, dropping your bags and…

Saturday, Easter Sunday and Monday in Monza

Apr 14th, 2009 David Berger 2 min read

Saturday Saturday morning I awoke and decided to take advantage of a quiet day in a quiet apartment. My roommates have all abandoned Milan for the warmth and comfort of family and friends to celebrate the Easter holiday. The house quiet and clean, I settled into the couch and started on the second of C. Descry’s Triology: The Brothers Shikoku. The first book, The Daughters…

Mixtures

Apr 2nd, 2009 David Berger 1 min read

With the passing of my uncle, comes the second affirmation that this lifestyle is viable. I miss him and I want to be a part of the ceremony that celebrates his life. However, at this juncture I do not see how that would be possible. I think that in the end he would rather that I continue on, follow my dream and press forward taking…

Saturday the 28th Milan italy.

Mar 29th, 2009 David Berger 5 min read

Journal entry March 29th 2009: Ciao Ragazzi! Come state? Io sto bene, ma oggi é una brutta giornata. Il tempo é freddo, piove c’é anche la nebbia. Terribile. Ammalato un po’, mal di gola e anche mal di testa. Ho pensato che il tempo é il problema. Allora, ieri mi sono divertito molto, particolarmente a casa di Frank e gli amici di Valeria. Ma la…

Thoughts – pensive.

Mar 20th, 2009 David Berger 3 min read

Journal Summary 2009 – March 20th Equinox In the last two weeks I’ve had a bit of time to really get into work and settle into it. Specifically three things have distracted me from this bent – the departure of my friends for the U.S., Africa, and Greece…my own travel planning for May…and my continued foray into the darker areas of Milan seeking the full…

Ides of March

Mar 16th, 2009 David Berger 3 min read

Journal entry 2009-03-15 Today is the Ides of March. March 15th 2009 – a moment in time which reaches back across ages and cultures. In Roman times, the Ides of March was a day dedicated to the Greek and Roman god and military parades were held in his honor. In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known as the date that Julius…

Dancing and the weekend!

Mar 1st, 2009 David Berger 2 min read

March 01, 2009 personal journal entry for David Nathaniel Berger. Ladies and gentlemen today I’m excited to announce to you that I am trying the new voice dictation system through Microsoft Office Word. I believe that you will notice a difference in my writing style as I am directly dictating and not thinking through each sentence before I write. I think that this writing style…