The Strand – Derry/Londonderry

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The Strand bar seen from The Ice Wharf – Pen and watercolours

My sketchbook, together with this blog, is like my personal room when I feel lost or I don’t know what to do, where to go or how the future will be. It’s very good when, randomly, I look at the pages and I find my drawings or my notes and it’s like I am back in the past, at that exact moment I drew or wrote about.
Yesterday, as I was looking at my sketchbook, I found this drawing I never published. It’s “The Strand” bar seen from a table of the “Ice Wharf”, in Derry/Londonderry – Northern Ireland. As it’s written on the page, it was the 8th of January 2014 and we spent the night (well, what was left of it after Sandinos) at the Travel Lodge right beside the Ice Wharf. At 12 we had to leave the room, so we went at the bar to have something to eat; I had a wonderful (and very cheap!) Ulster Fry for breakfast/lunch and then we waited some time for our train. That’s when I did this drawing of the bar in front. We even lost the train that day and Stevie, who is very precise on times, was pretty annoyed at it, and it made me laugh as usual (I live constantly in late). 😀

I love Derry, it’s always great to go there ♥

Doodling again: Ciagula

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My sister liked my own doodle a lot, so I made one for her too. As the other one: black and white pens, watercolours, coloured pencils, felt tips on my sketchbook.

Another doodle: 1st of May

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The 1st of May in Italy is the workers’ holiday: all around the cities there are workers parades and no one should be working in that day. As a friend wrote, this year, because of the crisis, half people of our age were working and the other half complaining for having no job. I add that probably a lot of those who were working that day are not payed enough or at all. I think this is the symbol of the society we are living in at the moment and of the problems of our generation.

By the way: I am one of the lucky ones that has a job and the 1st of May was *almost* free, so I went to the beautiful event a club I often go organized. There was live music, my ex boyfriend cooked his awesome boar and we had my sister’s wonderful tart, there were all day fava beans and salame and drinks and a lot of people and, most of all, friends. That’s my doodle thinking of the day. Black and white pens, watercolours, coloured pencils, as usual on my sketchbook.

Irish food drawings – Day 5

Day 5
(15th March 2014)

Lunch:

  • (English) Muffin with butter and Parma Ham
  • Club Orange

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Dinner:

  • (Stevie’s) Spaghetti alla Carbonara
  • Garlic bread —> pane all’aglio, qui usato come una specie di contorno alla pasta (un contorno alla pasta? Ma soprattutto: pane di contorno alla pasta?!? Non dite altro, lo so già… 😛 )

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Irish food drawings – Day 4

Day 4
(14th March 2014)

Yesterday seemed that my italian taste won for a day 😉

Breakfast:

  • (Italian) Coffee

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Lunch:

  • Chickpeas Soup with extra virgin oil (Zuppa di Ceci con olio extra vergine)

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Irish food drawings – Day 2

Day 2
(12th March 2014)

Breakfast:

  • Italian coffee (yes, I have my italian coffee machine too! Or better, I have two, just in case one is not working anymore :P)
  • Muffin (the English one) —> in Italy we don’t know there are even these muffins I find here, I knew just only the sweet american muffins. If you, like me, didn’t know, read the difference here.

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Dinner:

  • Gammon (Bistecca di prosciutto)
  • Sweetcorn (Mais)
  • Potato Wedges with chili

I had a wonderful dinner, cooked by Stevie; it was the first time I had gammon, it’s delicious! I added a bit of extra virgin oil on it and on the sweetcorn, as usual 😉

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Irish food drawings from now to my depart…let’s start!

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Bacon e uova strapazzate – Bacon and scrambled eggs: what I had some days ago in Italy

I found that, without a valid motivation (like all the best things), I really enjoy to draw food. So, again without a valid motivation, I thought to draw every lunch, dinner, breakfast or whatever I’ll have here in Ireland. It’s a good exercise, it relaxes me. So talked the boss. 😉

Mi sono resa conto che, senza una valida motivazione (come tutte le cose migliori), mi diverto un sacco a disegnare il cibo. Quindi, sempre senza una valida motivazione, ho deciso di disegnare ogni giorno pranzo, cena, colazione e qualsiasi altro pasto che avrò in Irlanda. E’ un buon esercizio, mi rilassa. Così ha deciso il capo. 😉

Let’s start: this is the dinner I had last night at Stevie’s house…I know it’s incredible to say for an italian, but I missed irish food’s taste!
A unique plate, composed by:

Iniziamo: questa è la cena di ieri sera a casa di Stevie…lo so che è incredibile da dire per un’italiana, ma mi è mancato il cibo irlandese!
Un piatto unico, composto da: 

  • Roast beef
  • Yorkshire puddings (per gli italiani: guardate qui cosa sono).
  • Potato croquettes (crocchette di patate)
  • Asparagus and long stem broccoli
  • the unmissable Gravy sauce (salsa Gravy)

Even if it’s something that creeps out a bit my hosts, I put some extra virgin oil on my vegetables…making them italish, I suppose 😉

Anche se è qualcosa che disgusta un pochino i miei ospiti, aggiungo un po’ di olio extravergine sulle mie verdure…facendole diventare italish, suppongo 😉
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Leaving Derry by train

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I always love when we arrive to or depart from Derry by train: I find the landscape amazing.

Adoro quando arriviamo o partiamo da Derry col treno: il paesaggio è meraviglioso.