Congratulations to Marita Cosma for winning the first contest on my blog!
What follows is her feature. Get to know her:
Where do you live?
I live in Italy, by the Adriatic Sea, next to a city named Pescara.
What languages do you speak?
I speak Italian and American English.
Where did you go to college? What did you study?
I studied Communication Sciences at the University of Padua and had the chance, thanks to a scholarship named EAP (Education Abroad Program), to attend an academic year at UCSB (University of California of Santa Barbara), where I also worked as photoreporter for the Daily Nexus and the Film Studies Department, and cameraman, and etc.
Where have you traveled?
My very first journey I’d call was nearby and to Sarajevo, where I went together with a non-profit organization. Previous to that, I simply went visiting some cities with my parents or classmates or friends; cities such as Venice, Verona, Bologna, Vienna, Prague, Barcelona, Rome, Milan, Turin, etc. After that, a year later, I was in California where I lived for about a year, trying to travel the most I could by train, bus, sometimes by car, once in a van. Once back to Italy, I then left it again to move to New York City, where I could stay for three months, working as a nanny and collaborating with Indymedia. My return was quite a jetlag then and I changed the house I was living in many times ‘til I move to where I am and from where; since then, I’ve visited some other cities like Paris, London, Bristol, Naples, Palermo, etc.
Where do you want to travel to?
There’s a place which I kind of regret having not seen yet and that place is New Orleans. While I was living by the Pacific Ocean, once I got a ticket to New Orleans. It was the year 2000. For some reasons, some days before leaving to go there, I decided not to go and gave my ticket away. So, I’d love to be back one day, hug my friends there once again, and then go to New Orleans just to go finally, this time, go there. So maybe stop by Miami and from there reach Cuba and then Brazil and Uruguay. I mean, let me dream… I’d like to see the Monumental Valley and Yosemite Park too, to be honest. Besides, I’ve got relatives in Melbourne, Australia, whom I’d love to go visit someday then; and from there to New Zealand. And Japan as well. Oh world… And Istanbul! And How to leave Africa outside of the dream? No way. Egypt, Palestine. Kenya, Senegal. Etc.
What do you want to accomplish in the next five years?
Happiness, pretty much. I mean, not just endorphins and serotonin, but that kind of happiness that lasts. Something close to satisfaction, something similar to peace, something like a story that can be told even to kids.
If there is anyone in the world you would want to say something to, who are they, where are they, and what do you want to say?
They are kids, they are everywhere, and I’d love to have the chance, one day, to say to them that they have nothing to fear, to really have no fear.
There are few that I like a lot and they are so different from each other that I honestly can’t pick just one of them as my favorite. But in between those I’ve seen hanging on a wall, there’s a Van Gogh at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City that moved me so much with no particular reasons why, so I’m going to say that now to you. It’s “Wheat Field with Cypresses”, if I remember well.
“Eternity” by Arthur Rimbaud. Really.
Earl Grey tea.
Do you enjoy cooking?
Not always, not often, let’s say that it depends. On a daily basis, I like making simple things such as bread; I love the way its good smell fills the house up. I enjoy cooking the colorful vegetables I usually get at the farmers’ market once a week. For a dinner together with friends or so, I usually get anxious at the feeling of being judged but I try to do my best anyway not just to be proud of myself but to make everybody glad to be eating what I’ve done even though I know I’m not that good on making it, whatever it is.
What is the greatest threat the planet faces?
Selfish human beings.
Is there some place in the world you would want to live?
San Francisco, most probably.
Favorite place to visit?
How would you describe a great boss?
Honest and trustworthy.
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