Genova, Italy
Miriam, 23
Film & Television Production graduate
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I study Film and Television Production because I have always had a strong passion for films, and my dream has always been to work in the film industry. I thin it is the best way for me to explore and express my creativity, and I love learning the wide variety of skills that are required in this field, and I really enjoy all the teamwork and collaboration that is at the heart of filmmaking.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

I haven't yet had the chance to have a proper job yet as I have always studied full time. I work as a Student Ambassador at my university but it's something I love doing, so I can't say I have ever disliked a job.

Were you born and raised in Genova? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Genova?

Yes I was born and raised in Genova, until I turned 18 and I moved to Cambridge in the UK to study at university

What’s your current hood in Genova and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I have always lived in the neighbourhood of San Fruttuoso. It is very close to the centre of town, and with lots of shops in the area and a busy market it is always very lively. However, it's mostly elderly people who live there so it doesn't have much to offer to younger people.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

My favourite kinds of music are pop and indie, but I enjoy listening to other genres of music too. I love singing along to my favourite musical tracks, dancing to 50s and 60s tunes, or listening to alternative rock, or jazz, soul and so on. I can't say there's a kind of music I absolutely hate, but I'm not a big fan of music like techno or edm

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Can't Help Falling in Love by Elvis, Somebody Else by The 1975, Skin by Rag'n'Bone Man, Youth by Daughter, Jet Lag by Simple Plan, Give Me Love, Photograph, Kiss Me and All Of The Stars by Ed Sheeran, Drive Wrecking Ball and Stay by Miley Cyrus, Fix You, Yellow, Always In My Head and Another's Arms by Coldplay, DKLA and FOOLS by Troye Sivan, Halleluja by Leonard Cohen, Stay With Me and Leave Your Lover by Sam Smith, Skinny Love by Bon Iver, Make Me (Cry) by Noah Cyrus, Let Her Go by Passenger, Let It Go by James Bay, Someone Like You and When We Were Young by Adele, pretty much every song by Gavin James and a few by Dodie Clark

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Sherlock is probably my favourite show of all time. It is brilliantly written and directed, and really nicely shot. All the acting is amazing, and I could just go on talking about how good it is forever. The classic series Friends is another favourite of mine, definitely much easier to follow compared to Sherlock. It's a classic and it's just so hilarious and heartwarming. A few other series I really enjoyed are stranger Things, Lie To Me starring the brilliant and hilarious Tim Roth, House and the first season of True Detective.

Name some spots in Genova that are good for a Tinder date.

I can't say I have ever been on a Tinder date, but if I were to go I would probably like walking along the promenade in Nervi, or grab a coffee or an ice cream (or both!) at the famous ice cream shop Chicco.

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Donald Trump (I really, REALLY dislike him, A LOT, don't get me started)

Who’s your hero and where in Genova would you take them out for a serious hang?

My hero and number one role model is Miley Cyrus, who I have adored for eleven years now. I would love to show her all around the city, hang out at the beach and, since she is vegan, take her to the best vegan restaurant in town.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I am not the biggest fashion follower, and I don't really buy designer clothes or things like that, so most of my clothes are either from high street shops like H&M, Pull&Bear, Bershka, Zara (and other shops like Primark and Topshop which we don't have in Genova/Italy). Some of my clothes are also from English vintage shops or vintage fairs, or hand-me-downs from friends.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

There aren't really any places in Genova that I'd never be caught dead in, but I suppose there's one area of the Sampierdarena neighbourhood which is a bit dodgy and not very nice to walk through

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

One thing I love to do is ice skating. There is an ice skating rink in the marina butthey only set it up in winter so I don't get the chance to do it as often as I'd like

Where do you go in Genova for a casual night out?

Personally, I'm not a big club goer, so I'd rather have a chilled dinner with a few good friends. Ideally, we would go for an 'aperitivo' (drinks usually with a buffet of munchies and food, generally for a set price) somewhere nice in town, then for a walk at the marina or the old part of town.

Where would you go in Genova to celebrate some freaking good news?

Probably a fancier cocktail bar (even though I don't drink, so I always go for the mocktails) or a nice restaurant or pizzeria.

What’s your choice of transportation in Genova and why?

I don't drive so I usually walk or take the bus. Occasionally the metro comes in useful, but unfortunately it's not very impressive as it only has one line which is made up of less than ten stops, only covering one side of the city. I wouldn't recommend driving, as the city is flooded by motorbikes, which can be rather stressful for locals, let alone a visitor who isn't used to driving in Genova.

What are the Genova spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Definitely a good explore of the old centre of town, the lookout terrace of Castelletto is a nice spot for a lovely view of the city without actually leaving the city, and you can enjoy the view while having an ice cream or 'granita' from the local gelateria. We also have one of the biggest aquariums in Europe if you're interested in that sort of thing!

What are the Genova spots tourists should run from screaming?

There are a few places along the coast that are very popular with tourists like Portofino and the Cinque Terre and, although they undeniably are beautiful places, they can be rather overwhelming during peak season with very large crowds. So if you want to avoid being squashed

Tomorrow’s your last day in Genova. How do you spend it?

I'd definitely spend it at the beach, eating some focaccia and ice cream from my favourite gelaterie

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

My favourite place in the whole world is a small seaside town in Australia called Rye, which is where part of my family live. I love it because it has a lovely, relaxing atmosphere, it has some lovely beaches but it's also near the countryside, and everyone is always very friendly.

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