My name is Erika, I was born and grew up in Modena, and I graduated in Aerospace Engineering. I am a dynamic and curious person, and therefore I love always having something to do, and I enjoy testing myself with new challenges, whether physical or mental. I was lucky enough to travel a lot since I was a child, usually in a camper van with my parents and my brother Enrico, known as Enry. So I learnt how to figure my way out in many situations, and I had the opportunity to get in touch with different cultures.
I deeply love rollerblading, the mountains and all the places and experiences that allow me to stay in touch with nature. To be clear, I feel more comfortable with a pair of Birkenstocks and a backpack than with high heels and a pochette. I like to travel and to meet new people with whom I can exchange experiences and points of view and from whom being inspired for the next adventure.
I have always loved animals and nine years ago Lucy came into my life. Since then we have shared everything, from bed to holiday. Two and a half years later, Lucy got pregnant and five beautiful puppies were born. We fell in love and, apart from the little male puppy who found another family where he is so loved, the other four dogs joined us. They are Susi, Lia, Musa and Birba, who have coloured our lives! Unfortunately for my family, I also had the hobby of looking after and picking up rescued cats, so besides Lucy and her four puppies, I added to the family two cats, Chicca and Tigro. The result is that when I walk around the courtyard, everyone makes fun of me because I have all seven beasts walking behind me and I remember a bit Snow White and the seven dwarves.
The other great passion I have always had are stars. I remember that one of the most beautiful gifts I received from Santa Claus was a star theatre so that I could turn my bedroom into a planetarium. Joking with my father, we say that this passion, which has always guided me throughout my professional choices, was transmitted to me by the name he wanted to give me. My mother opposed my father’s will to call me Antares, but it is one of the names I had on the baptismal documents. The celestial body I am most sentimental about is the Moon, to which I tell everything and is the subject of many photos and observations through the telescope. I like the thought that it is always there looking at us, a bit like a mum.