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Santa Lucia in Sweden and Sicily

Santa Lucia is celebrated in Sicily and also in Sweden. How is that possible?
Yes, because celebration and life of?Saint Lucia stretches back to the time of the Vikings and the Roman Empire.
Saint Lucy, in Italian Santa Lucia is celebrated each year 13th December and is one of the few saints Sweden celebrates, but is one of the most important saints in Sicily and probably the most spread celebration of sicilian saints in the world. She is the patron saint of the city of Syracuse in Sicily. Because of various traditions associating her name with light, she came to be thought of as the patron of sight and was depicted by medieval artists carrying a dish containing her eyes. Santa Lucia is also seen as the protector of Christianity.
Lucy came from a wealthy Sicilian family. Spurning marriage and worldly goods she vowed to remain a virgin in the tradition of St. Agatha (the saint of Catania, Sicily). An angry suitor reported her to the local Roman authorities for protecting persecuted christians, who sentenced her to be removed to a brothel and forced into prostitution. Lucy was probably a victim of the wave of persecution of Christians that occurred late in the reign of the Roman emperor Diocletian.?As evidence of her early fame, two churches are known to have been dedicated to her in Britain before the 8th century, at a time when the land was largely pagan. Her death was violent as miraculously unable to move her or burn her, the guards took out her eyes with a fork. In another version, Lucy’s betrothed admired her eyes, so she tore them out and gave them to the pagan?man she refused to marry, saying, “Now let me live to God”.
In Sweden, St. Lucia?s Day marks the beginning of the Christmas celebration. Saint Lucy is one of the few saints celebrated by members of the Lutheran Church among the Scandinavian peoples, who take part in Saint Lucy’s Day celebrations that retain many elements of Germanic paganism. Saint Lucy is celebrated also in USA by people with scandinavian heritage with church activities.
Santa Lucia how it is celebrated in Siracusa, Sicily
How?Santa Lucia is?celebrated in Sweden

Swede! Do you buy italian wine kits? Look at this.

Yesterday at Striscia La Notizia.
It’s found out that in Sweden are sold wine kits. It’s grape powder to make your own wine. To italians horror they went to visit a fabric in Lindome, Sweden. This text below is translated directly:
“…..Jimmy Ghione is in Lindome, Sweden, where not only are various shops that sell wine kits to make at home with?winepowder extraordinary Italian wines, (also happens in England as?Ghione documented in a previous article), but there is also?a factory that prepares them. The envoy talks with the owner of the factory that, after showing him the warehouses full of wine kit boxes(the same brands seen in the shop Lindome), said that the bag must present in each pack that it’s all Italian grapes and every year produces 140,000 wine kits. He adds that most of the grapes must come from Emilia-Romagna.
At this point Ghione asks: “But if the wine is called Montepulciano, grapes should come from Montepulciano?”. The Swedish entrepreneur disarming answer is: “What is Montepulciano? What does it mean?”. Ghione then shows that on the boxes, as well as the representation of Italy, there is also a big Doc’s written, meaning that these are wines with Denomination of Origin Controlled, controlled by the European Union.
The quality manager Coldiretti said: “We must stop this,?it’s a crime against our winemaking. It is important that the European Union takes action to protect our producers.” The?false food in the world cost our economy ? 50 billion.

Link here to the Clip

Extra information: Striscia La Notizia is one of the most popular TV shows in Italy. They dig under the surface.


Ig?r p? Striscia La Notizia.

I?Sverige s?ljs vinsatser. Det ?r druvpulver f?r att g?ra ditt eget vin.?Till italienarnas fasa??kte de f?r att bes?ka en fabrik?i Lindome, Sverige. Denna text nedan ?r ?versatt direkt:
….. Jimmy Ghione i Lindome, Sverige, d?r det inte bara finns olika butiker som s?ljer vinsatser f?r att g?ra vin hemma med vinpulver till extraordin?ra italienska viner, (h?nder ?ven i England som Ghione dokumenterat i en tidigare artikel), men det finns?ocks? en fabrik som f?rbereder dem. S?ndebudet samtalar med ?garen av fabriken som efter visar honom lagren fulla med vinkitl?dor (samma m?rken som ses i butikerna i?Lindome), sade att p?sen m?ste presentera i varje f?rpackning att allt ?r italienska druvor och varje ?r produceras 140.000 vinsatser. Han till?gger att de flesta av druvorna ska komma fr?n Emilia-Romagna.
Vid denna punkt fr?gar Ghione: Men om vinet heter Montepulciano, ska druvorna komma fr?n Montepulciano?”. Den svenska entrepren?rens avv?pnade svar ?r: “Vad ?r Montepulciano. Vad betyder detta?. Ghione visar sedan att p? boxarna som?representerar Italien, finns det ocks? skrivet big Doc’s, vilket inneb?r att det ?r viner med skyddad ursprungsbeteckning?som kontrolleras av EU.
Kvalitetschefen Coldiretti sade: “Vi m?ste stoppa detta, det ?r ett brott mot v?r vinframst?llning. Det ?r viktigt att EU vidtar ?tg?rder f?r att skydda v?ra producenter.?Falsk livsmedel i v?rlden kostar v?r ekonomi ? 50 miljarder euro.

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Extra information: Striscia La Notizia ?r en av de mest popul?ra tv-programmet i Italien. De gr?ver under ytan.

Swedish Lifestyle – The life I have left behind

Got back my PC last week as I got that horrible virus in May and got the energy to deal with the problem now. I actually have found the best PC technician in Catania, fast and only 20 euro to fix the problem. Well, as I got back my PC I also got back old photoes I have forgotten. I also feel ready to face the past, the life I have left. Found pictures from the last apartment I moved into before leaving for Sicily.
I had my base in a town called Vasteras, close to Stockholm. From there I worked in different cities and also in the city. Lived as the society expected me to live, had a great career, studied at the university, lived in a nice safe neighborhood etc. Every two years I changed apartment to a bigger and nicer one, it was hard to find good apartments in Vasteras as the request was higher than availability. Just some weeks after I moved to this nice apartment I started to look for a house as I got a 24% salary raise and could afford it, (always wanting more and more, never happy with the things I had), therefore I stopped decorating this apartment.
Went to look at nice houses, but one day my mind said What the fuck are you doing? It was like a wake up call. If you haven’t been happy in previous homes, will you be happy in a house? As you work and travel, how will you find time for e.g. the garden? More things more stress! It was like a unseen voice talked to me. Think?at this point I finally got to know what common sense was, it’s a voice telling you what to do. Then it’s up to you to follow it or not. But I didn’t knew how to make changes as all these expensive life changing courses I have always seen as bullshit.
Saw Montalbano in TV in November 2006, filmed in Sicily. Called SVT to know where they have filmed this TV-Show as the landscape?is so amazing.?Booked at trip to Sicily the next day for August 2007. When I landed in Catania I said to my friend I will move here. She said Why not! Do it! It juts said click somehow and decided to follow it. Back home told my boss. Started to sell off things and clothes on Tradera (E-bay), had over 1200 ads. Took the money and housemoney and drove my things here August 2008. February 2009 I had a one way ticket here and the rest is history.
Below some photoes from my last Swedish home:
Fick tillbaka min dator f?rra veckan eftersom jag fick det hemska viruset i?maj och fick ny energi att ta itu med problemet nu. Jag har faktiskt hittat den b?sta PC-teknikern i Catania, snabb och endast 20 ? f?r att ?tg?rda problemet. N?r?jag fick tillbaka min dator fick jag ocks? tillbaka gamla foton?jag har gl?mt. K?nner ocks? redo att m?ta det f?rflutna, det liv jag har l?mnat. Hittade bilder fr?n f?rra l?genheten jag flyttade in i,?den?jag l?mnade?f?r Sicilien.

Jag hade min bas i en stad som heter V?ster?s, n?ra till Stockholm. D?rifr?n arbetade jag i olika st?der och ?ven i staden. Levt som samh?llet f?rv?ntade mig att leva, hade en spikrak karri?r, studerade vid universitetet, bodde i en trevlig s?ker stadsdel etc. Vartannat ?r bytte jag till en st?rre och trevligare?l?genhet, det var sv?rt att hitta bra l?genheter i V?ster?s som efterfr?gan var h?gre ?n tillg?ngen. Bara n?gra veckor efter att jag flyttade till denna fina l?genhet, b?rjade jag leta efter ett hus eftersom jag fick en 24% l?nef?rh?jning och hade r?d,(alltid vilja ha mer och mer, aldrig n?jd med det jag hade), d?rf?r slutade jag dekorera den h?r l?genheten.
Tittade p? fina hus, men en dag sade mitt sinne Vad fan g?r du? Det var som en v?ckarklocka. Om du inte har varit?lycklig i tidigare hem, kommer du vara?lyckligare i ett hus? N?r du arbetar och reser, hur finner tid f?r t.ex. tr?dg?rden? Fler saker mer stress! Det var som en osynlig r?st? som talade till mig. T?nkte d??att jag ?ntligen vet vad det sunda f?rnuftet ?r, det ?r en r?st som talar om vad du ska g?ra. Sedan ?r det upp till dig att f?lja detneller inte. Men jag visste inte?hur man g?r f?r?ndringar och alla dessa dyra livsf?r?ndrande kurser har jag alltid sett som skitsnack.

S?g Montalbano p??TV i november 2006, filmad?p? Sicilien.?Ringde SVT f?r att veta var de har filmat detta eftersom landskapet ?r s? fantastiskt. Bokade resa till Sicilien n?sta dag f?r augusti 2007. N?r jag landade i Catania jag sa till min v?n Jag kommer att flytta hit. Hon sa Varf?r inte! G?r det! Det sade klick! ?p? n?got s?tt och beslutade att f?lja den. Hemma sa jag direkt till min chef. B?rjade s?lja saker och kl?der p? Tradera (E-bay), hade ?ver 1200 annonser. Tog pengarna och huspengarna och k?rde?ner?mina saker hit?augusti 2008. Februari 2009?hade jag?en enkelbiljett hit och resten ?r historia.

Nedan n?gra?foton fr?n mitt sista halvf?rdiga svenska hem:


Apartment was in the middle of the city
95 m2;?2 rooms, 1 walk in closet, livingroom, kitchen, bathroom, balcony
13th Floor, nice view
Security locks everywhere
I don’t miss it!
I took my furniture with me to Sicily, hudge mistake. Another blogpost.

Things I miss from Sweden are my friends and family…
..and sometimes my salary as?building up a company?with no loans is quite tough sometimes.

You don’t have to be rich to change things in your life, but some kind of a pre planning is good.


L?genheten var i mitten av staden
95 m2, 2 rum, 1 walk in closet, vardagsrum, k?k, badrum, balkong
13:e v?ningen, fin utsikt
S?kerhetsl?s ?verallt
Jag?saknar inte det!
Jag tog mina m?bler med mig till Sicilien,?stort misstag. Annat inl?gg.

?Saker jag saknar fr?n Sverige ?r mina v?nner och familj
.. och ibland min l?n eftersom att bygga upp ett f?retag med inga l?n ?r ganska tufft ibland.

Du beh?ver inte vara rik f?r att f?r?ndra saker i ditt liv, men?en slags utav f?rplanering ?r bra.

Bara en utlandssvensk hajjar…

Jag ?r lite stressad n?r jag b?rjar gl?mma bort saker som Melodifestivalen och semlor.
Dessa saker var viktiga delar av mitt liv …

Whos the solution?

Jag l?ser n?stan dagligen svenska tidningen, Dagens Nyheter. De hade en kvinnlig reporter?som twittrade varje dag?om alla sexuella trakasserier hon m?tte fr?n m?n. Speciellt n?r hon var lite irriterad fick hon ett svar p? sin twitter att f? lite fr?n en man. D??blev det kalabalik om att?hur?hemskt det ?r att anta att mannens penis ?r l?sningen p? alla kvinnliga problem.

P? Sicilien ?r det tv?rtom. Om en man ?r irriterad han f?r r?det att f? lite fr?n sin fru.

S? jag antar att l?sningen p? alla v?ra problem ?r ?msesidig ;).
Eng: I read almost daily a Swedish newspaper, Dagens Nyheter. They had a female?reporter twittering everyday of all sexual harrasments she met from men. Especially when she was a little bit irritated she got an answer on her twitter post to get some from a man. Then this blew up saying?how wrong to assume that?the mans penis is the solution to all female problems.

Well, in Sicily it’s the opposite. If a man is irritated he?gets adviced to get some from his wife.

So, I guess the solution to all our problems is mutual ;).

Things you see in Sweden

Jag ?lskar att se alla dessa svenska pappor s? engagerade i sina barns liv. Vilken syn!
Bra jobbat killar!

P? Sicilien ?r det mycket s?llsynt att se en pappa med sina barn i en park eller p? gatan, eller l?ra sina barn. Sk?ms p? er!


Eng: I love to see all these Swedish fathers so involved in their childrens lives. What a sight!
Good job guys!

In Sicily it’s very rare to see a father with his children out in a park, or?on the street, or?teaching his child. Shame on you!

I’m in Stockholm

Jag ?r i Sverige just nu. F?rsta dagen ?r alltid shopping. K?pa alla de saker jag saknar.
Jag ?lskar att shoppa i Stockholm. Du hittar allt du beh?ver.
Sen??r det Kanelbulle tid.
Till lunch utl?ndsk mat jag saknar. Denna g?ng indiskt.
Eng: I’m in Sweden right now. First day is always shopping. Buying all the things I miss.
I love shopping in Stockholm. You find everything you need.
Then it’s Kanelbulle time.
For lunch foreign food?I miss. This time indian.

Some hours of therapy

Som utlandssvensk, speciellt p? Sicilien d?r vi har en IKEA, beh?ver du??ka dit en stund. Titta p? ordningen, vara i tystnaden, ?ta Kanelbulle och prata svenska. En g?ng i m?naden h?ller terapeuten borta :). Skojar bara! Men det ?r en sk?n omv?xling och jag kan k?pa min Kn?ckebr?d. Och sen till H&M…


Eng: As a Swede living abroad, specially in Sicily where we have one IKEA, you just need to got there for a while. Look at the order, be in the silence, eat Kanelbulle and talk Swedish. Once a month keeps?the therapist away :). Just kidding! But it’s a nice change and I can buy my Kn?ckebr?d. And then to H&M…

Stomach pain and yuck…

Kan inte hj?lpa det, men n?r svenskt godis kommer med posten s? kliar det i fingrarna och godiset f?rsvinner vips! S? gott! S? magont!
Eng: Cannot help it but when swedish candy arrives fingers starts to itch and candies are gone in a second! So good! So Stomach pain!

More arrivals from Sweden

Jag?borde ?ta frukost, men dessa s?ta saker hamnar i min mun ist?llet. Jag ?lskar n?r sicilianare smakar p? saltade lakrits. Jag f?r aldrig chansen att fotografera ansikts uttrycket.
Eng: I should eat breakfast, but these sweet things keeps ending up in my mouth instead. I love when Sicilians taste the salted liquorice. I never get the chance to photograph the face expressions.

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