In this page you will find non-academic information about me, in the form of F.A.Q.
Which sports do you like?
I love water sports. Ever since a child I sail (mainly Dinghy Sailing): Skiffs are those I enjoy the most, but also catamarans can be really funny! I also practiced waterpolo, triathlon, swimming, wind-surfing (occasionally).
The sport I devoted most time/effort to is rowing. I competed for 4 clubs: Caprera and Cerea, in Turin (Italy); AUNL, in Lyon (France); AT, in Toulouse (France).
Since 2008 I'm not practicing any sport on a regular basis. Occasionally I swim, run & play football (despite my Italian citizenship, I'm very bad at it!).
I don't really like watching sports, exception made for waterpolo, rugby & volleyball.
Which are your favourite books/films/music?
I'm not picky, but usually what I love the most are books and films that... when you start you cannot stop until it's over...and also those that make you think about some philosophical aspects of life. I loved reading (in alphabetic order) Aristotle, Brown, Bulgakov, Hornby, Larsson, Murakami, Pirandello, Poe, Saramago, Svevo, Tolkien, Voltaire... and watching films like A clockwork orange, The usual suspects, Seven...
I can enjoy all kinds of music, spanning from classic to contemporary commercial music. What I usually enjoy the most is something in between acoustic rock, indie and light metal. Among the concerts I've enjoyed the most... Arctic Monkeys, Bon Jovi, Dolly (France), Franz Ferdinand, Guns 'n Roses, Ligabue (Italy), Litfiba (Italy), Louise Attaque (France), Mr. Big, Skunk Anansie, The Strokes, Subsonica (Italy), White Stripes.
You like travelling...where have you been?
I mainly travelled through Europe. I've been travelling through Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark (only Copenhagen), England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Poland, Portugal, Russia (only Moscow), San Marino, Slovenia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey (only Istanbul) and the Vatican.
Outside Europe, I've been to Colombia, Kenia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, and the U.S.A.
Why the hell are you studying Dutch???
Let's say it's a tribute to my Flemish and Dutch friends!