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Cavalleria Rusticana is an opera in one act by Pietro Mascagni. It premiered on 17 May 1890 in Rome but became world famous thank to the Godfather trilogy. I went to see it at Greek Theatre in Taormina. It has the perfect length of one hour and ten minutes.

The story takes place in a 19th-century Sicilian village and is in Sicilian language. It is a typical love story drama with betrayal, love and drama. You can read the whole story HERE.


Cavalleria Rusticana är en opera av Pietro Mascagni. Den hade premiär den 17 maj 1890 i Rom men blev världsberömd tack vare Gudfadern-trilogin. Jag såg den på Grekiska Teatern i Taormina. Den har den perfekta längden på en timme och tio minuter

Berättelsen äger rum i en siciliansk by från 1800-talet och är på sicilianska. Det är ett typiskt kärleksdrama med förräderi, kärlek och drama. Du kan läsa hela berättelsen på engelska HÄR.

Catania has become quite of a cultural city and when the Saint Petersburg ballet had a performance yesterday with the famous Nutcracker, we were of course there. World premiere of The Nutcracker took place at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on December, 18, 1892. It was not an immediate success but in 1919 choreographer Alexander Gorsky staged a new version of The Nutcracker with different scenario, roles and other dance order. The first performance of The Nutcracker outside Russia took place in England in 1934.


Catania har blivit en ganska kulturell stad och när Sankt Petersburg-balletten hade en föreställning igår med den berömda Nötknäpparen, var vi förstås där. Världspremiären med Nötknäpparen ägde rum vid Mariinsky-teatern i St Petersburg den 18 december 1892. Det var inte en omedelbar framgång men 1919 arrangerade koreografen Alexander Gorsky en ny version av Nötknäpparen med olika scenarier, roller och annan dansordning . Den första prestationen av Nötknäpparen utanför Ryssland ägde rum i England 1934.


The dancers are graduated from one of the world's leading ballet companies, The Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, established in 1738.

Dansarna är utbildade i ett av världens ledande ballettföretag, The Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, som grundades 1738.

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The Nutcracker and the Mouse King is written in 1816 by German author ETA Hoffman, in which young Marie Stahlbaum's favorite Christmas toy, the Nutcracker, comes alive and after defeating the evil Mouse King in battle, whisks her away to a magical kingdom populated by dolls. In 1892, the Russian composer Tchaikovsky adapted the story into the ballet The Nutcracker.

Nötknäpparen och Muskungen är skriven 1816 av den tyska författaren ETA Hoffman, där unga Marie Stahlbaums favoritjulleksak, Nötknäpparen, blir till liv och efter att ha besegrat den onda Muskungen i strid, skickas hon bort till ett magiskt land som befolkas av dockor. År 1892 anpassade den ryska kompositören Tchaikovsky historien till baletten Nötknäpparen.



I love this island like my home Lapland. Sicily is not complicated as sicilians say. Sicily is just difficult, like a wild horse you have to ride in and it took some years for us two to become friends. Sure I have lived here past life as it took so short time to understand what all this beauty is about.
The money I have earned here I will invest here coming years and hopefully be able to give more of Sicily to people who would like to have a piece of paradise in their life not passing all the mountains I had to climb before I got there.


Jag älskar den här ön som mitt hem Lappland. Sicilien är inte komplicerat som sicilianarna säger. Sicilien är bara svårt, som en vild häst man måste rida in och det tog några år för oss två att bli vänner. Visst jag har bott här ett tidigare liv då det tog så kort tid att förstå vad all denna skönhet handlar om.
De pengar jag har tjänat här jag kommer att investera här kommande år och förhoppningsvis kunna ge mer av Sicilien till människor som vill ha en bit av paradiset i sitt liv och inte behöva klättra över alla berg jag tvunget fick göra innan jag kom dit.

Some time ago I was interviewed for Multicoolty Italia. They do an amazing job interviewing expats all around the world, but with main focus on foreigners in Italy. You find the interview in italian here:  La Mia Vita e' piu ricca oggi

Please like their page here: https://www.facebook.com/multicoolty.italia/?fref=ts

Translation in English

"Today my Life is Richer"

My name is Johanna, I come from Sweden but in my veins runs finnish blood. I'm in Italy, Sicily, since 2009. Self-employeed in the organic sector in agriculture and tourism. I'm preparing two new activities and also started writing books.
Why Italy?
I wanted a real challenge in life and Sicily seemed to be the right place. I'd say that I got what I asked for and even more. In Sicily, learned a lot about life seen from a different perspective and learned even more about myself. I chose Sicily because I saw Inspector Montalbano in Sweden and fell in love with the beautiful things I saw, the area of Ragusa! Then I moved there as a start.
What was it like to learn Italian?
Easy because the grammar is very similar to finnish. But I'll never speak perfect Italian because I speak different languages every day. I learned it myself: with the magazines that interest me and talking to people. Sicilians are great because they correct me if I'm wrong. So you learn quickly. Then it took me a bit 'of time to understand that here they speak Sicilian, which is very different from Italian. I was a bit' confused at first.
Do you think that speaking Italian living in Italy is important?
It's essential wherever you decide to live. Otherwise you never know how a country functions and you will always have problems if you don't understand people. Also for the respect of the new country you have to learn.
Which problems did you meet when you arrived in Italy?
Everything, because the system and the life in Sicily is totally the opposite from Sweden. It worries me to see that the local people don't want to know their rights and duties. Often we foreigners learn the system better, so you can also protect yourself against a corrupt system and know how to get around.
What do you like about Italy?
Here I learned to value things. In Sweden we have an incredible consumerism, buy and throw away. Here I learned the value of money and saving, because I saw true poverty. I like the people, they are very kind to us foreigners. I like the sun, the food, the Sicilian mountains and the rich history. Here I also started to appreciate Sweden and understand how lucky we are there. There you go blind because you live in the system and everything goes smoothly. Here I learned to fight, to defend myself, I lost my swedish naivity because the world is not as at home.
What do you don't like?
I don't like the church and the family system, two structures that destroy the person from the first day. I don't like ignorance, laziness and how people mistreat their own land, a land so beautiful. Here often lacks the grit, perhaps because of the "mammismo", children do not learn to fight the system nor to stand on their feet. Not everybody, but many.
What about the Italians?
The people are very kind to us foreigners. You laugh a lot with the Sicilians. When they trust, you begin to meet fantastic people. Very easy to work here with men. I didn't have "classical" problems so far and I don't think there will ever be. The Sicilians give you everything when they see you do something for their territory.
One thing that makes me tired is that people always want to give advice and sometimes men don't understand a No!! Ignorance and mammismo does so much damage. The phenomenon of the "Italian mama's boy" is famous all over the world, but I couldn't imagine so alarming. Double-sided, one side out and another behind and hidden. Difficult to have female friends here. I have only two after 7 years !! Often they not even greet. I believe that women learn that other women are rivals or something similar.
Have you ever had an experience of "racism" in Italy?
Only once I have heard a man complain about immigrants, but it's very rare in Sicily. Sicilians do much for immigrants and it's a shame that they are left alone. Against me ever, only some women give bad comments because they often think bad of us foreign women, but I don't consider it as real "racism". Only that they don't know what the world is like.
What surprises you about the Italian culture?
Ignorance towards the environment, neighbors and themselves. Parents teach their children that everything is the fault of politicians, so take away their hope for the future at the beginning. Then they see us foreigners do many things here and don't understand how it is possible.
True religions here are football and food. Still don't understand how you can eat so much: I once tried to eat as the Sicilians and will not do that again, it was an experience close to death.
Patience to the incorrectness in society. Why don't the people rebel? The Sicilians always want to help foreigners, this is a very nice thing.
What did you have to give up when you moved in Italy?
Ever ything in my life: the family is far away, good salary, house, career etc. But it was worth it, because the things that I know now, I would not have been able to learn otherwise. My life is richer today.
You feel "integrated" in Italian society?
Yes, immediately. It's easy to integrate into society. It all depends on yourself. You have to go out, be curious, the phone doesn't ring ... you have to make calls at the beginning. I'm a very open person, I get in touch with people wherever I go.
How has your lifestyle changed in Italy?
I live a very Scandinavian style, otherwise I'd go back in time. I put some things of Sicilian culture in my life: relax more, eat healthier, give time to people, greet the neighbors etc. The world circles even if I don't answer the phone. Here I learned lots of patience, because if the road is broken you go another day or do a longer ride. Here it doesn't work as in Sweden and if you live here to wait for a change, life will become very difficult. You have to take Sicily as it is and create your reality as you want.
Do you like italian food?
Sicilian cuisine is one of the best and healthiest in the world. The first year I gained almost 10 kg, but I was happy because I was too skinny before. I love to eat and I turn off the phone during lunch and dinner.
In Italy, do you eat Italian food or continue to eat the food from your country?
I eat foods from around the world. I grew up that way. Thanks to Ikea, and the Internet I can send things here. Then also my family and friends bring swedish foods.
What did you think of Italy and Italians before moving?
Now Italy is well known in the world, but Sicily was different. There isn't much information online. I didn't think so much, just threw myself in the system and in society. I took things as they came: good things and bad, then I made my way.
Do you think you will return to your country of origin?
Yes, at least half time. I'm working to be able to live in Sicily and also in Northern Europe. I want to do things for my country and I have a couple of ideas. Then I'd like to create a family and Scandinavia would be the place.
What do you miss most about your country?
A system that works. People smiling on the streets. Sweden doesn't lack anything and you can find anything you can imagine. I miss female friends and public offices who answer the phone. Cleanliness, respect for others and a strong people. Men with whom you can have an intelligent conversation without trying more ... not all are like that, but many. True love that isn't meant to "settle down well."
Which stereotype of Italians has been confirmed?
Hospitality, playful, great eaters. Difficult mother-in-laws, crazy I would say. Machismo ridiculous.
Do you think the multicultural society can exist?
Multiculturalism exists since the time of the vikings, we have always been great travelers. In Sicily passes and people living from around the world, since the times of the greeks Sicily was multicultural. Everybody has been and passed here. So, what more has to be done?
The modern model of multiculturalism they want to create now I don't think will work, because it has no human purpose, but only the interests of politicians and corporations. In Italy there are other things to be resolved before we talk about multiculturalism.
What is "multiculturalism" for you?
How was the ancient Rome; every religion/culture was next to each other and each one took care of their business. Then something very bad happened. In Sweden we had a nice multiculturalism only 10 years ago, but now we use ridiculous words as "racism" and "phobia" if officially you say that you don't support Islam. But things are changing. In multiculturalism everything must be told, criticized and respected ... otherwise it is not.
Multiculturalism exists in your country of origin?
Before yes, but today not entirely. If you want to know the modern trends and political intentions for the future it is good follow Sweden because from there begins all things new and crazyness. There you must live with a "cold head". We already have the third sex in the system and now trying to find new words to describe female masturbation. A country very interesting I think. You have to be very open.
Why are some Italians afraid of strangers?
If we talk about what is happening today, I do not think it's fear. They just want to protect their culture and origins, that is ok. The world is varied and colorful, that why it is nice. We can not say to a people to give up their native only to insert a new one. The new is welcome, but must live together with what already exists. Then with time everything will be adjusted without us having to force things, with respect and love, you can create many things.
What do you think of the relationship in the mixed couples?
For me it is very difficult here in Sicily. Many men / families are not accustomed to a woman to be independent, to have an opinion, who can repair the car and build a house, comes and goes as she wishes etc. For me it was very difficult, I left it and put focus on northern European. My experiences are not positive. They don't hate me as a person, but they don't know how to handle my freedom. In Sicily things are changing; young people have traveled and speaks English. They're often more open and "modern".
What differences are there between Swedish and Italian culture?
In almost all. Sicily already in general is different from Milan. Milan is more "German" while Sicily is still very "Arab". Scandinavia is seen as the best area in the world where to be born and grow up, and I agree. We're secular, but there's a lot of tolerance for other cultures and religions, in Sicily it's more difficult because for example the Vatican stops development. Here as a foreigner it's good to be in tourist areas because the locals are "accustomed".
Between Sicily and Scandinavia everything is different; as we talk, eat, think, how you do things, the environment, animals, family, respect, civility, men, women, traffic, the behavior ...
Drive through Catania and see how they park the car, and then go to Ikea and see cars in a perfect row. I always laugh about this. Everything depends of the "management".


Since som years I am part of a sicilian history and cultural group where we visit ancient places and experts in the area tells us all about the place and about sicilian history. Before the trip to Scandinavia we visited Coste di Santa Febronia located in the valley of Catania, between Palagonia and Militello. This is a place created by the hermits. On the top you find an ancient greek city with original cave carvings and paintings. Here you also find many edible plants and 5 million year old fossiles. The final leftovers are from year 1500 when the place got abandoned. You can see on the mountain walls different levels of the water.

We are approximately 400 m a.s.l. with a fantastic view.


Sedan ett par år är jag med i en siciliansk historia- och kulturell grupp där vi besöker antika platser och experter inom området berättar allt om platsen och om siciliansk historia. Innan resan till Skandinavien besökte vi Coste di Santa Febronia som ligger i Catania dalen, mellan Palagonia och Militello. Detta är en plats som skapats av eremiter. På toppen hittar du en gammal grekisk stad med original grottristningar och målningar. Här hittar du också många ätbara växter och 5 miljoner år gamla fossiler. De slutliga resterna är från år 1500 när platsen blev övergiven. Du kan se de olika vattenhöjderna på bergsväggarna.

Vi är ca 400 m.ö.h med en fantastisk utsikt.

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Why tourism in south is not developed...Actually those who comes to e.g. Sicily for vacation, many times comes back and several times. But it is also quite difficult to do something with toursim development here, an unvisible wall stops you wherever you turn your face.
Sicily is one of the most beautiful places in the world...

"Only 13 percent of tourists who come to Italy go to the Mezzogiorno, as the south is known. The rest head for the center and north of Italy, or other Mediterranean countries altogether. German airports sent 223 flights to Spain’s Balearic Islands in one week last summer, and only 17 to southern Italy.--- Defensive Italians, particularly from the prosperous north, will tell you that no one goes to the south because there’s nothing worth seeing (they’re wrong). But the lack of tourists in places like Sicily or Calabria is indicative of a larger, nationwide failure by the country to take advantage of its most precious resources — in this case, the region’s natural and cultural beauty."Article HERE


Varför turismen i syd inte utvecklas...Egentligen de som kommer till exempel till Sicilien för semester, kommer många gånger tillbaka och flera gånger. Men det är också ganska svårt att göra något här med turismutveckling, en osynlig mur stoppar dig vart du vänder ditt ansikte.
Sicilien är en av de vackraste platserna i världen...

"Endast 13 procent av turisterna som kommer till Italien åker till södra Italien, som är känt i södern. Resten åket till centrala och norra Italien, och andra Medelhavsländer. Tyska flygplatser skickade 223 flyg till Spaniens Baleareröarna på en vecka förra sommaren, och endast 17 till södra Italien. --- Defensiva italienare, särskilt från den blomstrande norr, säger ingen reser söderut för det finns inget värt att se (men de har fel). Bristen på turister i platser som Sicilien och Kalabrien är ett tecken på en större, rikstäckande underlåtenhet från landet för att dra nytta av sina mest värdefulla resurser -. i det här fallet, regionens natur- och kulturella skönhet."

Artikel på engelska HÄR

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I never thought that Italy's problem is the politicians fault, for if a society works or does not work actually depends on the family structure. So says even the Italians; the people, politics, the law and the church.
If a society does not work, it's because the family structure does not work. Everything in society depends on how children are raised for these children are then sitting in Parliament, government offices, banks, schools, healthcare etc.. If they can not take care of themselves, how will they then be able to take care of a country?
This is my only socio-political opinion in Italy...but I never say it straight to Italians, because they do not want to hear and there it is actually nothing that I care about. Have seen enough these five years.
It is the children who are the future, not the parents!

As the mother bird, she pushes her baby birds from the nest, to try their own wings and then they can fly by themselves.

Nuff' said...


Jag har aldrig tyckt att italiens problem är politikernas fel, för att om ett samhället fungerar eller inte fungerar beror faktiskt på familjestrukturen. Så säger även italienarna själva; folket, politiken, lagen och kyrkan. Om ett samhälle inte fungerar, beror det på att familjestrukturen inte fungerar. Allt i samhället beror på hur barnen uppfostras för de är dessa barn som sedan sitter i Parlamentet, myndigheternas kontor, banker, skolor, sjukvård osv. Om de inte kan ta hand om sig själva, hur ska de sen kunna ta hand om ett land?
Detta är min enda samhällspolitiska åsikt i Italien...men detta säger jag aldrig till italienare, för de vill inte höra och det är faktiskt inget som jag bryr mig om. Har sett tillräckligt dessa fem år.
Det är barnen som är framtiden, inte föräldrarna!

Som fågelmamman. Hon puttar sina fågelungar ut ur boet, att prova sina egna vingar och sedan kan de flyga själva.

Nog sagt...

Five years in Sicily. It is not a sensational feeling anymore, it is just daily life these days as all the mountains and valleys are crossed and I have reached my goal here. I am not sure if I will stay or if I will go, I guess life will tell...but until then I stay here and keep doing things I have always wanted to do. My time here in Sicily has learnt me so much about life and I have faced the challenges I was looking for. It has in no way been easy, but it has been a very rich experience. I continue to explore this island, continue to write and I hope to find a new project to put my teeth in.

Italians and sicilians asks often how I can live in a country like Italy. I think it is quite sad to get that question. Yes, Scandinavia is one of the best areas in the world to born and grow up in (regardless how much foreign media wants to ruin that reputation), and with the life knowledge we get there we can practically live anywhere in the world and be free as individuals. But then it is good also for a Scandinavian to try another country to get some perspective of the world.
I like to live in Italy, but I do not adapt the whole system. There are actually two thing I dislike very much in Italy, and it is the family system and the church, because those two are the main issues in Italy and is like a cancer throughout the society. But the rest is actually totally ok and I like the people.
I can live in Italy because I have got a totally different start in life, a start that is hard to explain if you do not know anything about Scandinavia. And living a swedish lifestyle in Sicily (as in Rome) works perfectly well. Only time my life is hell is when I have to deal with sicilian family, but I can handle it quite well these days. I have no contact with them anymore, the easiest way because they will never respect your privacy how ever you ask them. Here you can not even hang curtains without having the family involved with advices that are so old fashion and may I say stupid. But the rest in Sicily I like.

It is five years now and if this place would be a shitty place, I would not stay here even one more day. I have learnt so much about life and myself here and have also very much Sicily to thank for that. I get the best from two cultures and feel blessed! Thank you!


Fem år på Sicilien. Det är inte en sensationell känsla längre, det är bara det dagliga livet dessa dagar eftersom alla berg och dalar korsats och jag har nått mitt mål här. Jag är inte säker på om jag kommer att stanna eller om jag kommer att gå, jag antar att livet kommer med ett svar...men tills dess stannar jag här och fortsätter göra saker jag alltid velat göra. Min tid här på Sicilien har lärt mig så mycket om livet och jag har stått inför de utmaningar som jag letade efter. Det har inte på något sätt varit lätt, men det har varit en mycket rik erfarenhet. Jag fortsätter att utforska denna ö, fortsätter att skriva och jag hoppas att hitta ett nytt projekt att sätta mina tänder i.
Italienarna och sicilianarna frågar ofta hur jag kan leva i ett land som Italien. Jag tycker det är ganska tråkigt att få den frågan. Ja, Skandinavien är ett av de bästa områdena i världen att födas och växa upp i (oavsett hur mycket utländska medier vill förstöra det ryktet), och med livskunskapen vi får kan vi praktiskt taget bo var som helst i världen och vara fria som individer. Men då är det bra även för en skandinav att prova ett annat land för att få lite perspektiv på världen.
Jag tycker om att bo i Italien, men jag anpassar inte in i hela systemet. Det finns faktiskt två saker jag ogillar väldigt mycket i Italien, och det är familjesystemet och kyrka , eftersom de två är de mest skadligaste faktorerna i Italien och är som en cancer i hela samhället. Men resten är faktiskt helt ok och jag gillar folket.
Jag kan leva i Italien därför att jag har fått en helt annan start i livet, en start som är svårt att förklara om du inte vet något om Skandinavien. Och att leva en svensk livsstil på Sicilien (som i Rom) fungerar mycket väl. Endast gången livet förvandlas till ett helvete är när jag måste ha att göra med en siciliansk familj, men jag kan hantera det ganska bra i dessa dagar. Jag har ingen kontakt med dem längre, det enklaste sättet eftersom de aldrig kommer att respektera din integritet hur du än ber dem. Här du kan inte ens hänga gardiner utan att ha familjen involverad med råd som är så gammalmodiga och kan jag också säga korkade. Men resten på Sicilien gillar jag.

Det är fem år nu , och om denna plats skulle vara en hemsk plats, skulle jag inte stanna här en enda dag till. Jag har lärt mig så mycket om livet och mig själv här och har också mycket att tacka Sicilien för. Jag får det bästa från två kulturer och känner mig välsignad! Tack !


Hubby and I are actually quite opposites; culturally and how we grew up. In lifestyle we have understood that we want the same things and he is discovering the world and learning to know his own opinions and own style, while I just like to become a farmer. So we have somehow managed to find a middle road. He is not the typical sicilian man, he wants to develop. Of course he has some parts that are typical sicilian e.g. he has difficulties to let me pay, he has also grew up with religious fear, boundaries, gender roles and stories, that for me is quite hard to live with. Well, then on the other hand it has been difficult for him to live with a woman that ain't a typical local woman, I do not care about little problems, I have opinions, do not care about what neighbors says about us, and want to be involved in big decisions, totally opposite from classical local females. The hardest thing for him to accept is that I do not call him all the time, I want him to go out with his friends and make his drems come true, which for him in the beginning has been a sign that I do not care, but actually it is that I want him to be free and know that I trust him. And then he has to trust me because I work 99,9% with men and travel with them also abroad. This is a part we have had most discussions about.

Hubby & I in Monreale


Fästmannen och jag är faktiskt ganska mycket motsatser, kulturellt och hur vi växte upp. I livsstil har vi förstått att vi vill ha samma saker och han upptäcker världen och lär känna sina egna åsikter och egen stil, medan jag bara vill bli bonde. Så vi har på något sätt lyckats hitta en medelväg. Han är inte den typiska sicilianska mannen, han vill utvecklas. Visst har han vissa delar som är typiskt sicilianska, t.ex. han har svårt att låta mig betala, han har också vuxit upp med religiös fruktan, gränser, könsroller och berättelser, som för mig är ganska svårt att leva med. Ja, däremot har det varit svårt för honom att leva med en kvinna som inte är en typisk lokal kvinna, jag bryr mig inte om små problem, jag har åsikter, bryr mig inte om vad grannarna säger om oss, och vill vara delaktig i stora beslut, helt motsatt från klassiska lokala kvinnor. Det svåraste för honom att acceptera är att jag inte ringer honom hela tiden, vill att han går ut med sina vänner och att hans drömmar besannas, vilket för honom i början har varit ett tecken på att jag inte bryr mig, men det är faktiskt att jag vill att han ska vara fri och veta att jag litar på honom. Och då han måste lita på mig eftersom jag arbetar 99,9% med män och reser med dem också utomlands. Detta är en stor del av diskussionerna som vi har haft.

My stay here was to make a total life change. The path with collecting material things and got higher and higher salary was not making me happier. Yes, it made me glad...but not happy.
In Sicily I have had the time to recover. Time to think. Time to find myself and see what I really want from life. I have never believed in heaven or hell, nor that a group of people is Gods chosen one and took this time to find out what I really believe in. And still I have been brought up in a very religious home (will write more about it when I am ready).
I want to thank Sicily for so many things. I have learned patience here, to appreciate the things I have, value human relations even more and value life. Became more economic. I have learned the importance of eating well and also take time off work to have time for life. The generosity sicilian suppliers have given me to learn all about my work, I can not find in many other places. Thank you!
I also want to thank all sicilians for amazing dialogues and the straight opinions they have thrown in my face to train myself to see in other perspectives and yes, The Whole World Is A Country. 
I know though that I would have never had the strength to do this trip if I would not have had the scandinavian basics to stand by myself and be individual. And have not been able to do this trip if I have not learned consideration and respect for humans, nature and animals.

By this post I guess I want to say that each culture has many richness to offer. Open your eyes and take the best of them.



Min vistelse här var att göra en total livsförändring. Vägen med att samla materiella ting och få högre och högre lön gjorde inte mig lyckligare. Ja, det gjorde mig glad...men inte lycklig.
På Sicilien har jag haft tid att återhämta mig. Tid att tänka. Tis att hitta mig själv och se vad jag egentligen vill ha ut av livet. Jag har aldrig trott på himlen eller helvetet, eller att en grupp människor är valt av gud och tog tid att ta reda på vad jag verkligen tror. Och ändå har jag växt upp i ett mycket religiöst hem (kommer skriva mer om det när jag är redo). 
Jag vill tacka Sicilien för många saker. Jag har lärt mig tålamod här, att uppskatta det jag har, värdera mänskliga relationer ännu mer och värdera livet. Blivit mer ekonomiskt. Jag har lärt mig vikten av att äta bra och även ta ledigt från jobbet för att ha tid för livet. Generositeten sicilianska leverantörer har gett mig att lära mig allt om mitt arbete, kan jag inte hitta på många andra ställen. Tack!
Jag vill också tacka alla sicilianare för fantastiska dialoger och de raka åsikter de har kastat i ansiktet för att träna mig att se i andra perspektiv och ja, Hela Världen Är Ett Land. 

Jag vet dock att jag aldrig skulle ha haft styrkan att göra denna resa om jag inte skulle ha haft de skandinaviska grunderna att stå själv och vara individuell. Och hade inte kunnat göra denna resa om jag inte lärt mig omtanke och respekt för människor, djur och natur.

Genom detta inlägg antar jag att jag vill säga att varje kultur har många rikedomar att erbjuda. Öppna ögonen och ta det bästa av dem.