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Christienne Nathalie AQUINO BEROÑA VAGABONDA X FOTOGRAFA Wayfarer X Photographer

“But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.” - Bill Bryson, Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe I never thought I’d find a home halfway across the world when I was given a rare opportunity to undergo an international accounting internship on April, May and June of 2013, with Confindustria and Lincoln Electric in Genova, Italia. I reckoned my experience would be nothing but tedious, but everything of Italy was so captivating that my job never felt like work at all. This book is – a collection of musings on travelling and Italy’s lifestyle, with a few baffling selection of personal photographs – my attempt of imparting good memories combined into a small amount of photos.

This book is dedicated to Marielle, Cheena and Noellee, to my dearest Lolo Doming and to my best friend, Keesses.

Gua ngd ong, C hina

Pa ris, Fr a nce

Contents Foreward 3 Getting There 4 GENOA Genova 8 MILAN Milano xx THE FIVE LANDS Cinque Terre ROME Roma xx VATICAN Vaticano xx SALERNO Salerno xx Mobile xx Documentary xx


GENOVA A Land of Explorers For one, Christopher Columbus was born in Genova. It is a city of art and a metropolis renowned for having the different symmetries of the enchantments of life the view, the food, the friends and a home - all facing the sea.


elcome. It was dark and raining when I first saw Genova, yet the rain never stopped the city from astounding me. I arrived in Genova on April 20, 2013 after a six-hour train ride from Rome, where my Auntie Liza came to meet me. The public transportation from Roma Centrale to Genova Piazza Principe was so overwhelming on itself because it honestly felt like I was riding a train to Hogwarts. It was in many ways comparable to Harry’s first trip - train compartments, strangers and an old man selling sweeties. I was just as anxious as Harry was. In the midst of wide fields and unending bodies of water that we got to pass by, I could sense my own excitement growing by the second. I’ve only seen the magnificent city on a map and a laptop screen, and in a few hours, I was about to set foot on it myself.

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here is something about traveling abroad alone that makes one delight in the comfort of aimlessly drifting to an unsettled pace. That is, in fact, the best highlight of my italian journey - getting lost in an isolation paradise. Because the most satifying part of traveling isn’t transforming maps into reality, rather, it is the actual opportunity of turning strangers into friends and unfamiliar places into a home.

side old and elegant buildings, palaces, museums and galleries, all filled with renowned collections by artists like Harunobu, Giovanni Pisano and Van Dyck. There is an apparent mixture of mediaval, renaissance and baroque in Genova’s architechture. The city’s modernism, on one hand, transcends on genovese family lifestyle, public transportation and educational methods.

Some of my favorite parts of the city is the old port area, Piazza de Ferrari, Palazzo Ducale, Castelletto and the birth place of Christopher Colombus. Most of the popular destinations in Genova are accessible thru city bus routes and all the necessary details are already provided online. Still, I would probably prefer walking. From the Piazza de Ferrari, a number of tourist spots, like Cathedral of St. Lorenzo, Doge’s Genova is a witness of an authentic italian profile Palace, Teatro Carlo Felice and Basilica delle Vigne with numerous houses situated on hills, painted in are already quite nearby. the palette of yellow and orange. It is a metropolis sandwiched between a sea crowded with ferries and A Small Tip. For a gratifying Genova adventure, I yachts, and a stunning elevation of land. Its roads is suggest a scoop of rice-flavored icecream and a slice pattered in vicoli (alleys) and steep staircases along- of focaccia would do. In the grand scheme of things, people often refer Genova as a busy urban area because it is the principal seaport of the country. The city wasn’t precisely for the purview of a tourist unlike more well-known destinations in Italy, such as Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan, because Genova has it’s own indisputable unparalleled charm.

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Anita and Jessica. I indulged most of my days in Genova with two other interns, Anita Bojanic from Varazdin, Croatia and Jéssica Candeira from São Luís, Brazil. I owe them for the things that helped me survived a manner of living that is a thousand ways different from the filipino culture - from cooking dinner to introducing good crafts of wine. I certainly found two new sisters in both of them. Anita is the older sister I wish I always had, someone to set my silly decisions straight, at the same time, spend some discrete girly bondings with. Jéssica on the other hand, is like my twin sister. We fancy the same genre in music, in movies, in clothes and in everything. We could spend the entire afternoon just listening to The Beatles, Alex Turner, Nina Simone and Morrisey. Plus she has the best beatles tattoo.

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Vi a S a n L o r e n z o 7 9 G e n o v a , It a l y

Vi a d i C a n n e t o I l L u n g o, 8 1 6 1 2 3 G e n o v a , It a l y

Piazza della Raibetta, 2/29 1 6 1 2 4 G e n o v a , It a l y

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C AT H E D R A L O F S T. L O R E N Z O Piazza San Lorenzo G e n o v a , It a l y

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Au t h o r / P h o t o g r a p h e r Christienne Nathalie Aquino Bero単a S P E C IA L T HA N K S My parents, Noel & Andrea Bero単a, Liza Bero単a, Estrella Bero単a, AIESEC, and all my friends and family.

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