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Living Bella Figura

From a new book by Kamin Mohammadi

“She walks down the street with a swing in her step and a lift to her head. She radiates allure as if followed by a personal spotlight. She may be tall or short, slim or pneumatically curvaceous, dressed discreetly or ostentatiously―it matters not. Her gait, her composure, the very tilt of her head is an ode to grace and self-possession that makes her beautiful whatever her actual features reveal….She is real and gracing the streets of every city, town, and village in Italy right now. She is the embodiment of bella figura and she cuts an elegant dash through our mundane modern world.”

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The author explains

“My version of bella figura is a philosophy of life for appreciating the beauty in everything, making everything you do in life as beautiful as possible,” she explained during an interview from her home outside Florence, where she’s lived since 2009. “It’s not necessarily the traditional definition, but I think that’s its essence…I’m very conscious that my book focuses on the positive.”

There is something to this!


When It’s Crowded in Tuscany …

Sorry to interrupt your daydreams, but …

Florence is gorgeous in summer. There is no denying it. But you’re not the only one thinking it. As the weather warms up, hordes of visitors descend on Tuscany’s capital, making it very difficult to enjoy the sights, let alone find affordable accommodation and a restaurant where pineapple pizza is not a serious menu item.

Something like this?

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A tip

It’s no coincidence that summer is also when the locals hightail it out of Italy’s capitals and into the countryside. They’re not just escaping the heat. They’re also escaping you, the tourist. So when in Rome, I say, do as the Romans. Forget about Florence and Siena. Give Pisa the flick and put Venice back on your bucket list. These cities are just as beautiful in spring, autumn and winter.

So where to go? There are some options like

  • Poppi
  • Giglio Island
  • Cività di Bagnoregio
  • Castiglione della Pescaia
  • Suvereto

You might find something like this

Want more info? Here is the link for you!

Go for it!

Worried that a Robot will Take Your Job?

well, worry no more!

While no one really knows the answer to these questions, most studies of the subject have concluded that relatively few occupations, 10% or less, will be entirely automated and disappear over the next 10 – 15 years.  Instead, a growing percentage of occupations will significantly change as technologies automate the more routines tasks within those occupations.

Unless you are in that 10%!!!!

For the rest of us, get ready to start working with intelligent machines. There is no escape. Resistance is futile.

Yearning for an Estonian Digital Nomad Visa?

I was not aware of this distinction. Jobs that require problem solving are not well suited to working from home. Jobs that require focus on complex tasks are.

In other words, if you want to live the digital nomad lifestyle, you need to get good at performing certain complex tasks. Having that skill set or skill sets will enable you to better dictate the terms of your work engagement.

And there are new ways to take advantage. Estonia beckons.

“The world of work is rapidly changing. Technology is helping more people than ever before to work remotely, allowing millions to offer businesses technical and creative expertise independent of geography. A Digital Nomad Visa represents a breakthrough in the way governments support today’s mobile workforce. We’re delighted to support the Ministry of Interior and are looking forward to making borderless working a reality for digital nomads everywhere,’’ Karoli Hindriks, CEO and founder of Jobbatical, the job marketplace for digital nomads, says.

Is Fishtown the New Brooklyn?

I can remember when Broklyn was nice but not hip. That was back in the 1980’s. It is now very, very hip and getting hipper all the time. Is there such a thing as overly hip?

Make way for another neighborhood. This one is not in New York. It is in Philly and it is called Fishtown. Fishtown? You heard me right. Fishtown is now officially hip. How do I know? Forbes says so.

Very cool article.

And it starts off this way

Every Friday afternoon at 5:30 pm the doors of “The El­”—one of America’s oldest elevated subways—swoosh open at Girard and Berks Street stations, unleashing a stampede of Millennials, yuppies, hipsters, entrepreneurs, and empty nesters onto Front Street.

Read on!

Kurt Russell and the GoGi Wine Making Lifestyle

We all know about Kurt Russell’s film making career. BTW, did you know that he played Elvis Presley in Forest Gump?

What we don’t know is that he has a whole other life that he is more passionate about. A long time ago, Kurt got into wine. Not just a glass now and then, but tastings, travel for wine adventure, and getting to know vintners. That led him to Fess Parker.

Fess was also an actor. But Fess enjoyed wine making a lot more. And Fess became a wine maker himself.  Kurt tells the story this way

“One day I went with my mom to his hotel, restaurant and spa near his winery and he happened to be there so we had lunch on his terrace. During that lunch I saw how much he was enjoying it, not just with us but with the lifestyle he had created and I was very impressed. After the conversation he said ‘You know Kurt, I have seen this in people. You don’t have an interest in wines you have a passion. You should pursue it’.”

Kurt did just that. He produced his first vintage Pinot Noir in2008 and named the wine “GoGi”. Since then, he has gone deeper and deeper into this lifestyle. And it seems that each step in has led to more fun.

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Check it out!

Kurt tells the story this way

My romance with wine began many years ago on bicycle trips with Goldie and our family through the great wine regions of France, Italy and California. Those fabulous excursions through picturesque vineyards provided the opportunity to sample many terrific wines. “Sampling” might be putting it lightly, especially where Burgundy is concerned. Those wines didn’t just steal my palate, they stole my heart. It wasn’t long before the dream of creating beautiful wines of my own (specifically Pinot Noir) was born. The many treasured conversations I’ve shared with various winemakers and producers from Burgundy to Bordeaux and Tuscany to Napa served to fuel my dream to someday take the leap from fantasy to reality.

What a great story! What a fun lifestyle!