10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me

1. I prefer sweets to chocolate

I could go without chocolate for a long time, but Haribo Tangfastics or Gummy bears must never leave my life. Ever

2. I don’t like polystyrene

What is the point of this white foamy substance? Who needs it? What does it actually do, apart from make my teeth feel funny when I have to drink a takeaway coffee from it!

3. I have conversations with myself in my head.

Please tell me this is fairly normal? Yes Andréa, it is normal.

4. I have an obsession with sunglasses.

Well, if you’re a friend of mine (my friend’s don’t read this, haha) you would know this, or if you are a weird stalker of my facebook photos you would probably know this too, but yeah, sunglasses always look so cool. Ray Ban Wayfarers are my favourites, but everyone has a style thats best suited to them.

5. I don’t know what the word “ergonomic” means

To be honest, I only just realised this myself when I read the word a moment ago on another blog. I’ll look it up in a dictionary later.

6. I’m not fully Italian

People always ask me I’m only half-Italian, the rest of my ancestry lies in Ireland, England, and France, apparently.

7. I want to write and publish a book in my life

I don’t know what this will be about, but how amazing would it be to write something that will survive long past you have left this Earth?

8. If I hear my alarm clock during the day it freaks me out

I makes me feel like something really unpleasant is being done to me, like having an ice cube put down my back.

9. My feet aren’t ticklish

The few people who already know this are shocked and amazed by it. I can sit there for ages without even flinching.

10. I’ve never owned a PlayStation or Xbox

This partly due to the fact I couldn’t ever complete a game on my GameBoy. A PlayStation would have been completely wasted on me.

Tell me the weirdest facts about you, either by commenting below or tweeting me @andrea_avena


Don’t forget about Meredith Kercher

Meredith had begun studying in Perugia before she was murdered

It was with some shock last night that I found out that Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were being acquitted of the tragic murder of Meredith Kercher. Like many people, I expected their sentences to be reduced, but for their convictions to be upheld.

As I am not familiar with this evidence used in this very unusual and complex case, as well as not having a good understanding of the Italian justice system, I don’t think it’s my place to comment on the result of the trials.

But one thing is certain in my mind – the media coverage of the trial has failed to express fully the nightmare the Kercher family is still living.

Could you imagine finding out that your clever and talented daughter has been murdered in a foreign country? Could you imagine the pain they must feel as they have to relive those moments in courts for over 4 years? Could you imagine having to endure listening to descriptions of the most appalling crimes being committed against your daughter, sister and friend?

I can’t imagine the feelings they have, and I hope anyone who reads this doesn’t either, no person should have to deal with those feelings.

The Kercher family themselves have said that the acquittals have meant that they still don’t know what really happened to their daughter and sister, which must make four years of court trial seem worthless.

I hope for their sake, and for Meredith, that the truth will finally come out, so that they can finally have some peace to remember their daughter, who had so much to live for.