Superficiality vs Real World (Vegas VS Chicago)

What are you looking for when you pick the city where you want to live? Do you even pick, because some people stay in the same place where they were born and never move anywhere, sometimes because they don't know there could be places where actually you'd be happier to live, sometimes because they want to stay close to family and friends (nothing wrong with that). But me, I've always been looking for the perfect place, where I could enjoy almost every day, I really didn't want to think "oh I wish I was ___", I wanted to be already where I wished. So far I can't complain, beside my hometown Milan (Italy) I lived 5 years in Miami, 7 months in Santa Barbara CA, 2 years in Las Vegas and few months in Chicago. Chicago wasn't my first choice but it was a move necessary to do for personal reasons. I had many people telling me how beautiful of a city Chicago is and that it was time for me to relocate to a "real city", less superficial, more metropolitan, historical etc. But I still think that when people talk about places, they don't really know what they mean: they haven't lived my life and always have the tendency to believe the best life happens to be in big, "real world" cities. I disagree. Those are some comparisons I did between Vegas, capital of the "superficiality" and Chicago, one of the main US "real world" cities. Starting with Vegas: Some people call superficiality what I call simplicity. Vegas is a simple city. Smaller than most US cities, divided in 4 chunks (north east, north west, south east, south west), not very trafficky (beside weekends on the strip), based on entertainment and tourism (which is where people get the superficiality from), most famous areas are the Strip and Downtown Las Vegas, overall a safe city, 1 season (a hot summer and a cold summer), it's dry and never rains.

Job wise, currently hard to find (especially if you're a guy).

Friends wise, not easy, have to agree, Vegas is a transient city, many people comes and go, I met some weird, crazy ones (Vegas can make you like that), some distant immersed in their world. But I made few strong friendships there, nonetheless.

Summer is extremely hot, but hey... that means pool parties ;) Vegas is perfect for those people who never want to grow up, leave the 'dream life feeling' and don't like conventionality.



Chicago is big. I mean very big. Chicago I learn is not only downtown, but all the suburbs surrounding it. It's a lot of distance from place to place, and traffic can be terrible. It's a very rich city tho, a lot to offer: concerts, theatre, museums, good schools, lot of bars, music, nice cafés, definitely more history than Vegas. I see why European people like it. Many good different areas, some bad ones (don't go south!). BUT...Holy crap, the winter. Really, the winter ruins the city. It's very hard for me to enjoy going to a place in Chicago, when it's 0 F outside. And it's so damn long... I heard spring and summer are beautiful, I don't doubt it! But can you enjoy a couple months of warmth without having the thought of winter on your mind ? Winter makes life complicated. More clothes to buy, frozen hands and feet, you get sick more frequently, and the streets are just an obstacle course

Image Are you f***ing kidding me boardwalk?

Job wise, probably more opportunities for both sexes.

Friends wise, well many people know each other from high school and such, relationships are long lasting and stronger I believe, more common ground, habits and culture. Vegas is a madhouse ! People are from everywhere.

What do you think of where you live? What characteristics you find very important to have? I'd love to hear.



2014 Update!


Well, it's been quite a while since I've been here, probably my writing is rusty too, but I'm willing to come back, because this blog is special to me, it's like a beautiful memories container, my storybook and online diary. Also I thought I write and post many thoughts on my Facebook page, that get lost down the feeds, so it makes more sense to blog and save those thoughts :) Since my last blog, those are the most meaningful updates from my life up to today:

1. I live, talk and breathe contortion. I invest a lot of my time with flexibility training.

2. I moved to Chicago! And yes, I miss Vegas.

3. I performed a contortion act twice :) one at Pole Expo in Vegas (watch it here) and another one at The Brass Ring in Chicago (here, pretty sexy uh!).

4. At the moment I'm focusing a lot of my time working with my online classes and teaching at two great pole studios in Downtown Chicago. As I get better with my contortion, I'm really considering to perform more often, I'm going make it a part-time job, hopefully.

5. I got back to driving. Ugh, it still terrifies me every time. So I'm still in the process of getting comfortable with it.

6. I'm trying to travel somewhere every few months, either to Vegas to visit my friends and my coach Otgo Waller, which I miss terribly, or Florida, for workshops and the beach (TOO COLD HERE!), or less frequently Italy, to see my family and do more workshops. I love travelling, I think it recharges you and keeps you from sitting back and froze in a routine.

7. About my back, last post I was writing about acupuncture because I was going through some bad muscular pain, but it went away itself! My first year of contortion was pretty painful at times, but it's common when you just begin, your body is not accustomed to the new way of being. I still get sore, but not as bad.

That's it for now, I'll be back soon! Here's a picture from yesterday at the gym


How to "clean eat out"

Lately more than in the past I find myself eating out. I've always been a good cook and enjoyed home meals, but sometimes, for a reason or another, a lunch or dinner away from home is the way to go. Unlike my past beliefs, clean eating in restaurants has become quite possible. Here's a list of meals and restaurants I'd pick, based on the type of cuisine: American

My favorite places so far are Gran Lux and Cheesecake factory. Mostly because they offer a variety of food and accommodate any request you have without problems. I get usually grilled chicken breast (dry), side of steamed broccoli or sautéed wild mushrooms. Their big salads are awesome (no dressing, I use only balsamic vinegar), either with shrimps, chicken or salmon (I avoid cheese, bacon, croutons). If you love burgers, Gran Lux Chop House Burger with avocado and mushrooms is delicious! (No bun no fries).


I LOVE carpaccio (Olive oil on the side, I just like lemon juice on it). Best Vegas carpaccios: Olives at Bellagio and Terra Rossa at Red Rock Hotel. As main corse, I stick to simple grilled chicken breast and sautéed spinach. I don't do any pasta or pizza (remember I'm wheat free), but if you'd be in the mood, you gotta try pizzeria "Settebello" in Handerson. They get their ingredients directly from Naples, Italy; also their salad with pine nuts and artichokes is great. In Miami I used to really like Carabba's.


Sushi samba is very good (but expensive). It's hard to go wrong here, just avoid tempura, cream cheese, teriaki or any sauce beside soy sauce or ponzu sauce. California rolls with brown rice and sashimi are a classic.


I'd never EVER liked Chinese... Untill I tried PF Chang's Sea Bass. I get only that dish and I never get tired of it. It's just so GOOD (sauce and brown rice on the side).


The best steakhouse IN THE WORLD is Prime One Twelve in Miami Beach. I dare you to find a better place. Their beef tartare and filet mignon are top quality. I really like Morton's too, I make sure they don't put any butter on the meat (why do they do that!?) and order lots of sides: either grilled asparagus, steamed broccoli, spinach, baked potato (I usually eat only chunks of skin lol). Rib eye or skirt steak are other good choices, a little more fatty, but very tasty.


I used to order these delicious oatmeal pancakes along with my mushrooms-onions egg white omelette (dry, with tomatoes on the side instead of bread) at Blueberry Hill, now I get just oatmeal. Other great breakfast places here in Vegas are Egg and I ( they have a wide variety of pancakes, once I had whole wheat ones with cashews and blueberries) and Peppermill.

I didn't include Indian, Thai or other cuisines because I just don't know about them and not a fan of them ;)

Now if you come to Vegas you got some directions where to enjoy tasty, clean meals!