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Life in Catania today

Daily life in Catania these chaotic times (which I personally see a mass psychosis than anything else). Streets filled with people, no masks (just seen two last days), few hysterical people…but at the end I am glad to be in Sicily now. It may be seen as a more “simple region” of Italy, but many has a more further perspective on things. Sicilians has been through worse things and dare also to open up for other point of views. These days I do not call Sweden at all, it is like everyone will die…

Personally I do not believe in this danger as far more people die of flu, pollution, hazards in the soil, cancer, diet related issues….and we have had so many viruses and economical melt downs the last decade that I have shut down completely. But talking like this openly is also a risk as you see how aggressive people are…there has even been violent acts due to this. It is not good.


Det dagliga livet i Catania dessa kaotiska tider (som jag personligen ser som masspsykos ?n n?gonting annat). Gator fyllda med m?nniskor, inga masker (bara sett tv? senaste dagarna), f? hysteriska m?nniskor … men till slut ?r jag glad ?ver att vara p? Sicilien nu. Det kan ses som en mer “enkel region” i Italien, men m?nga har ett mer vidare perspektiv p? saker. Sicilianarna har genomg?tt v?rre saker och ocks? ?ppna upp f?r andra synpunkter. Idag ringer jag inte Sverige alls, det ?r som om alla kommer att d? …

Personligen tror jag inte p? denna fara eftersom fler m?nniskor d?r av influensa, f?roreningar, gifter i marken, cancer, kostrelaterade problem …. och vi har haft s? m?nga virus och ekonomiska krascher det senaste decenniet att jag har st?ngt helt ner. Men att prata ?ppet ?r ocks? en risk eftersom man ser hur aggressiva m?nniskor ?r … det har till och med varit v?ldsamma handlingar p? grund av detta. Det ?r inte bra.

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Vitamine boost walking in Catania

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About last weekend: Masquerades, Champagne, Buffet…

It’s the time of the year for masquerades and Carnivals in Italy. This venue has been the nicest this far in Sicily, it was organized at Tenuta Consoli Floreno, just outside Catania.


It’s the time of the year for masquerades and Carnivals in Italy. This venue has been the nicest this far in Sicily, it was organized at Tenuta Consoli Floreno, just outside Catania.

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Design you own shoes in Catania

This is an amazing shoe fabric in Catania city where you can design your own shoes, Luciana Cavalli. On the second floor they sell shoes made in the fabric and accessories in Sicilian style. She got some problems from the famous designer Roberto Cavalli due to the same last name, but won the case as in Italy you can not change your name as we can in Scandinavia.

This fabric i definitely worth a visit if you are here. Fine quality of materials and all hand made on spot. I am a shoeholic, so I guess this is the place that will drive me to bankruptcy. More photos after the Swedish text.


Detta ?r en fantastisk skoverkstad i Catania d?r du kan designa dina egna skor, Luciana Cavalli. P? andra v?ningen s?ljer de skor tillverkade i fabriken och accessoarer i Siciliansk stil. Hon fick lite problem med ber?mda designern Roberto Cavalli p? grund av samma efternamn, men vann eftersom i Italien kan du inte ?ndra ditt namn som vi kan i Skandinavien.

Denna fabrik ?r definitivt v?rt ett bes?k om du ?r h?r. Fin materialkvalitet och allt handgjort p? plats. Jag ?r skoholist, s? jag antar att det h?r platsen som kommer att leda mig till personlig konkurs.

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Saint Agata festivities in Catania

Saint Agata is the most important celebration for Catanesi, the celebrate their city’s saint. Every year also a public function gets honored with Candelora D’oro for their important work, and this year is was the fire fighters. We were invited by the mayor to see the honor price to be received by the fire fighters the 2nd of February. That night they also leave flowers to the saint at main church. The 3rd of February we were invited again to the municipality to see fireworks and for some drinks and finger foods. After that we left for another invitation to Agata Terrazze where we could see the fireworks for Saint Agata better.

More photos and video after the Swedish text.


Helgonet Agata ?r det viktigaste firandet f?r Catanesi, de firar deras stadshelgon. Varje ?r hedras ocks? en offentlig funktion med Candelora D’oro f?r deras viktiga arbete, och i ?r var det brandm?nnen. Vi blev inbjudna av borgm?staren att se hederspriset tas emot av brandm?nnen den 2 februari. Den natten l?mnar de ocks? blommor till helgonet vid huvudkyrkan. Den 3 februari blev vi inbjudna igen till kommunen f?r att se fyrverkerier och f?r lite drinkar och sm?plock. Efter det ?kte vi till en annan inbjudan till Agata Terrazze d?r vi kunde se fyrverkerierna f?r Helgonet Agata b?ttre.



Then the festivities ended from my part, had to leave for work in Germany.

Och d?r tog firandet f?r mig slut d? jag reste till Tyskland f?r arbete.


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Buying in Sicily

Buying in Sicily is quite interesting. Same home can have totally different sizes and prices depending on real estate agents, or as in this case (photo below) the house in the add is put out twice from the same real estate firm with different information. Same home is often listed by several different agents.

Not so long ago I was looking myself. Found one house close to the city on a nice hill. We toured around the property and at the end they inform me that half of the land the house is built on is not the current owners. He took a piece of land from the neighbor because they live far away and will not notice anyway (!!!). They informed me that they could lower the price quite a lot due to this condition. Another house I was looking at had seven nice rooms, also on the firms papers, but when I went to the municipality’s technical office only two rooms were registered.

Be careful here. Do not stress your investment. And ask around from several sources. About 900 properties end up at creditors every day in Italy, so there is no hurry at all. Perhaps wait couple of year as prices are going down.? Never buy illegally built. It may sound trustworthy as some creditors even offer loans for houses in this condition. But after the purchase, you can loose your home.

Sicily has not a set market value. If you plan to make buy something here in the future, start to follow the market now. Never pay the asking price, here it is the opposite, always lower…many times much lower.


Att k?pa p? Sicilien ?r ganska intressant. Samma hem kan ha helt olika storlekar och priser beroende p? fastighetsm?klare, eller som i detta fall (foto ovan) l?ggs huset ut tv? g?nger fr?n samma fastighetsf?retag med helt olika information. Samma hem listas ofta av flera olika agenter.

F?r inte s? l?nge sedan letade jag sj?lv. Hittade ett hus n?ra staden p? en trevlig kulle. Vi gick runt fastigheten och i slutet informerar de mig om att h?lften av marken som huset ?r byggt p? inte ?r de nuvarande ?garnas. Han tog land fr?n grannen eftersom de bor l?ngt borta och kommer inte att m?rka det (!!!). De informerade mig om att de kunde s?nka priset ganska mycket p? grund av detta. Ett annat hus jag tittade p? hade sju fina rum, ocks? p? m?klarens papper, men n?r jag gick till kommunens tekniska kontor var bara tv? rum registrerade.

Var f?rsiktig h?r. Stressa inte din investering. Och fr?ga fr?n flera k?llor. Cirka 900 fastigheter hamnar hos kreditgivare varje dag i Italien, s? det ?r ingen br?dska alls. V?nta kanske ett par ?r d? priserna sjunker. K?p aldrig olagligt byggt. Det kan l?ta p?litligt eftersom vissa borgen?rer till och med erbjuder l?n f?r hus i detta tillst?nd. Men efter k?pet kan du f?rlora ditt hem.

Sicilien har inte ett fastst?llt marknadsv?rde. Om du planerar att k?pa n?got h?r i framtiden, b?rja f?lja marknaden nu. Betala aldrig beg?rt pris, h?r ?r det tv?rtom, alltid l?gre pris…ibland ocks? mycket l?gre.

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Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda, Valley of the Temples, July 2019

In the magnificient frame of the Temple of Concordia, the Dolce&Gabbana Alta Moda Fashion Show took centre stage. Look back on the garments inspired by Greek mythology.

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The Sicilian baroque wonder


Can highly recommend a tour in one of the Sicilian baroque wonders, the Biscari Palace in Catania. Today was offered an exclusive tour guided by the prince himself, Principe Ruggero Moncada. The prince has a beef with us Swedes as his wife almost ran away with a Swedish man once.
The palace attracted many famous writers like Goethe and Brydone. One the painting you can see the Princess with a hole in her stomach. This happened cause during WW2 the big dancing sala was used as a tennis court by soldiers, and the accident happened. The family decided not to repair the damage as it became part of the history.
The part that I Iove the most is the baroque stairs by the ball room. The palace was finished 1763. Sadly it is quite run down, but it is privately held and just to repair one Murano chandelier costs ?12,000.

I’ve been here couple of times for masquerades and other events, but for a tour it was the first time. Una meraviglia!

More photos after the Swedish text


Kan starkt rekommendera en rundtur i ett av de sicilianska barockens underverk, Biscari-palatset i Catania. Idag erbj?ds en exklusiv turn? guidad av prinsen sj?lv, Principe Ruggero Moncada. Prinsen har liten gnabb med oss svenskar eftersom hans fru n?stan smet iv?g med en svensk man en g?ng.
Palatset lockade m?nga k?nda f?rfattare som Goethe och Brydone. I en m?lning kan du se prinsessan med ett h?l i magen. Detta h?nde under andra v?rldskriget d? den stora danssalen anv?ndes som tennisbana av soldater, och olyckan intr?ffade. Familjen beslutade att inte reparera skadan eftersom den blev en del av historien.
Den del som jag gillar mest ?r barocktrappan vid danssalen. Palatset blev f?rdigt 1763. Tyv?rr ?r det ganska slitet, men det ?r privat?gt och bara f?r att reparera en Murano-ljuskrona kostar ?12 000.

Jag har varit h?r n?gra g?nger f?r maskerader och andra evenemang, men f?r en turn? var det f?rsta g?ngen. Una meraviglia!


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Paragliding over Taormina

Summertime with summer happenings, and this summer I finally did something I planned to do for a long time. Decided to do paragliding from 900 m.a.s.l, from the hills above Castelmola.
From there we flew over Castelmola roof tops, over Taormina and landed butt first on the beach in Letojanni. With spectacular views over the coastline and Etna. This is a must do if you dare!


Sommartid med sommarh?ndelser, och i somras gjorde jag ?ntligen n?got jag planerat att g?ra under l?ng tid. Best?mde mig f?r att g?ra paragliding fr?n 900 m.?.h, fr?n bergen ovanf?r Castelmola. D?rifr?n fl?g vi ?ver Castelmolas takplattor, ?ver Taormina och landade med rumpan f?rst p? stranden i Letojanni. Med spektakul?r utsikt ?ver kusten och Etna. Detta ?r ett m?ste om du v?gar!


By the start I was quite nervous because you have to run downhills and at one point the hill ends and you better be flying that moment. But then it was like flying in a cotton cloud. Silence, breeze, stunning views with an amazing feeling that is difficult to describe.

I b?rjan var jag ganska nerv?s eftersom du m?ste springa nerf?r bergsryggen och sen tar berget slut och det ?r b?st bli att flyga vid det ?gonblicket. Men sen var det som att flyga i ett bomullsmoln. Tysthet, vind, spektakul?r utsikt med en fantastisk k?nsla som ?r sv?r att beskriva.


The photo above with the beautiful beach line of Letojanni. Where we are about to land.

Bilden ovan med den vackra strandlinjen i Letojanni. D?r vi ska landa.


If you want to do this, you find Etna Fly by the beach in Letojanni. You get an USB with a film of the whole flight and lots of photos. Enjoy!

Om du vill g?ra detta, hittar du Etna Fly vid stranden i Letojanni. Du f?r en USB med film ?ver hela flygningen och massor av foton. Mycket n?je!

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The view from 900 m.a.s.l. (no filter)

The amazing view above Castelmola at 900 m.a.s.l. Next blog post will tell what we were about to do here.


Den fantastiska vyn ovanf?r Castelmola p? 900 m.?.h. N?sta blog post kommer ber?tta vad vi gjorde h?r uppe.


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