The European (schools) crisis

Students, teachers and parents say the educational system for the children of Eurocrats is broken.

Sealed within the cornerstone of the Brussels III school in Ixelles — one of the most sought-after educational institutions in the EU capital — lies a piece of parchment inscribed with the founding mission of the European School system.

Students in the European Schools, the statement declares, will be educated “side by side, untroubled from infancy by divisive prejudices“ and “will become in mind Europeans, schooled and ready to complete and consolidate the work of their fathers before them, to bring into being a united and thriving Europe.”

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It’s snowing

Just back from 3 days in Barcelona, and as usual I can’t help to compare it with Brussels and Milan (and Denver, since I was there last week).

PEOPLE: rude, noisy, very active, smiling: that’s Barcelona. Cosmopolitan, reserved, multilingual: that’s Brussels. Perennially angry, walking fast, elegant: that’s Milan. Where are the people? That’s Denver… (at least in the city center).

CITY: Barcelona – incredibly changing every time I visit, although you can perceive the gloomy atmosphere now. Brussels – roadworks, construction works, deviation/omlegging everywhere… Milan – it’s all about money (where is the promised park in the ex-Fiera area) and look at what’s happening for the Expo. Denver – you can still see the cowboys riding in town, if you work with your imagination: wide streets that take you from the middle of nowhere, to downtown, and then out again if you walk straight for 20 miles or so.

WEATHER: Barcelona: +10°, sun. Brussels: -6°, snow. Milan: +2°, rain, Denver: +9°, cloudy.

Where would I live? You guess 😉

Finally, a sister… or is it?

When you have 4 children, all of them boys, the immediate question is “Wouldn’t you like a girl too?”

So, everybody wondered why Valeria and I stopped and did not pursue a girl. After all, 4 or 5 children does not make a big difference, right?

Well, here you are then: a proud Tommaso is happy to announce that he is finally able to hold a wonderful baby girl, even though for a few minutes, courtesy of our friends Ambar and Patrick.

To those of you who were excited (or frightened…) at the idea of yet another enlargement in the Segantini family, I can only suggest you try getting to 4 children first, and only then ask the famous girl question… 😉

Johanna (born July 2008) with Tommi