Book Recommendation: “Heart: A School-boy’s Journal” by Edmundo de Amicis

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The first time I read this book I think I was about 7 or 8 years old, I remember the beautiful hardcover edition my parents bought me (that I re-read several times).
To this day this book keeps a special place in my heart.

Here’s the book description for the English version (as appears in Amazon):

Written following the Italian war for independence by a sub-lieutenant who had fought in the siege of Rome in 1870, Heart is the fictional diary of a boy’s third year in a Turin municipal school. It was written to foster juvenile appreciation of the new found Italian national unity, which the author had fought for in the recent war. The book is often highly emotional, even sentimental, but gives a vivid picture of urban Italian life at that time. A master, introducing a new pupil, tells the class, “Remember well what I am going to say. That this fact might come to pass–that a Calabrian boy might find himself at home in Turin, and that a boy of Turin might be in his own home in Calabria, our country has struggled for fifty years, and thirty thousand Italians have died.”
The novel became internationally popular, and has been translated into over twenty-five languages, and is part of the UNESCO Collection of Representative Works. Edmundo de Amicis (1846-1908) established a reputation as a writer in various genres after his experience as a soldier.

This is a book I absolutely love (with amazing characters and beautifully written) that, if you haven’t read yet, I recommend adding to your Reading List.

Note: Is important to mention that the author’s name can be found also written as “Edmondo” (depending on the language).

Photography: Travel and movies

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These are photos from some of the rock formations you can find in a nice place called Mexiquillo (in Durango, Mexico).
During the trip our guide told us that in Mexiquillo were filmed some scenes from the Dragonball Evolution Movie (I haven’t watched that movie nor I’m planning to, but I admit that I found the information interesting at the time).

Food and Cooking: Breakfast assignment

One of the assignments from the course of Nutrition and Cooking in which I’m enrolled was make a “Balanced Breakfast”, here’s a photo of what I prepared:

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Omelette ingredients: Eggs, cheese, mushrooms, cooking spray (olive oil), parsley flakes.

Yogurt mix ingredients: Plain yogurt, strawberries, granola and blackberries.

Source of proteins: Eggs, cheese, yogurt.
Source of carbohydrate (grains): Granola
Vegetables: Mushrooms
Fruits: Strawberries and blackberries.