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Opera Cavalleria Rusticana

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.

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Cavalleria Rusticana ?r en opera av Pietro Mascagni. Den hade premi?r den 17 maj 1890 i Rom men blev v?rldsber?md tack vare Gudfadern-trilogin. Jag s?g den p? Grekiska Teatern i Taormina. Den har den perfekta l?ngden p? en timme och tio minuter

Ber?ttelsen ?ger rum i en siciliansk by fr?n 1800-talet och ?r p? sicilianska. Det ?r ett typiskt k?rleksdrama med f?rr?deri, k?rlek och drama. Du kan l?sa hela ber?ttelsen p? engelska H?R.

Saint Petersburg ballet visited Catania * Nutcracker *

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.

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Catania har blivit en ganska kulturell stad och n?r Sankt Petersburg-balletten hade en f?rest?llning ig?r med den ber?mda N?tkn?pparen, var vi f?rst?s d?r. V?rldspremi?ren med N?tkn?pparen ?gde rum vid Mariinsky-teatern i St Petersburg den 18 december 1892. Det var inte en omedelbar framg?ng men 1919 arrangerade koreografen Alexander Gorsky en ny version av N?tkn?pparen med olika scenarier, roller och annan dansordning . Den f?rsta prestationen av N?tkn?pparen utanf?r Ryssland ?gde rum i England 1934.

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


Dansarna ?r utbildade i ett av v?rldens ledande ballettf?retag, 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.


N?tkn?pparen och Muskungen ?r skriven 1816 av den tyska f?rfattaren ETA Hoffman, d?r unga Marie Stahlbaums favoritjulleksak, N?tkn?pparen, blir till liv och efter att ha besegrat den onda Muskungen i strid, skickas hon bort till ett magiskt land som befolkas av dockor. ?r 1892 anpassade den ryska komposit?ren Tchaikovsky historien till baletten N?tkn?pparen.

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Finally BBC has discovered Sicily

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.

Svenska

Jag ?lskar den h?r ?n som mitt hem Lappland. Sicilien ?r inte komplicerat som sicilianarna s?ger. Sicilien ?r bara sv?rt, som en vild h?st man m?ste rida in och det tog n?gra ?r f?r oss tv? att bli v?nner. Visst jag har bott h?r ett tidigare liv d? det tog s? kort tid att f?rst? vad all denna sk?nhet handlar om.
De pengar jag har tj?nat h?r jag kommer att investera h?r kommande ?r och f?rhoppningsvis kunna ge mer av Sicilien till m?nniskor som vill ha en bit av paradiset i sitt liv och inte beh?va kl?ttra ?ver alla berg jag tvunget fick g?ra innan jag kom dit.

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Interview for Multicoolty Italia – translation to english

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”.

 

Coste di Santa Febronia and ancient city of Palagonia

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.

Svenska

Sedan ett par ?r ?r jag med i en siciliansk historia- och kulturell grupp d?r vi bes?ker antika platser och experter inom omr?det ber?ttar allt om platsen och om siciliansk historia. Innan resan till Skandinavien bes?kte vi Coste di Santa Febronia som ligger i Catania dalen, mellan Palagonia och Militello. Detta ?r en plats som skapats av eremiter. P? toppen hittar du en gammal grekisk stad med original grottristningar och m?lningar. H?r hittar du ocks? m?nga ?tbara v?xter och 5 miljoner ?r gamla fossiler. De slutliga resterna ?r fr?n ?r 1500 n?r platsen blev ?vergiven. Du kan se de olika vattenh?jderna p? bergsv?ggarna.

Vi ?r ca 400 m.?.h med en fantastisk utsikt.

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Great Article why tourism in south is not developed

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

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Varf?r turismen i syd inte utvecklas…Egentligen de som kommer till exempel till Sicilien f?r semester, kommer m?nga g?nger tillbaka och flera g?nger. Men det ?r ocks? ganska sv?rt att g?ra n?got h?r med turismutveckling, en osynlig mur stoppar dig vart du v?nder ditt ansikte.
Sicilien ?r en av de vackraste platserna i v?rlden…

“Endast 13 procent av turisterna som kommer till Italien ?ker till s?dra Italien, som ?r k?nt i s?dern. Resten ?ket till centrala och norra Italien, och andra Medelhavsl?nder. Tyska flygplatser skickade 223 flyg till Spaniens Balearer?arna p? en vecka f?rra sommaren, och endast 17 till s?dra Italien. — Defensiva italienare, s?rskilt fr?n den blomstrande norr, s?ger ingen reser s?derut f?r det finns inget v?rt att se (men de har fel). Bristen p? turister i platser som Sicilien och Kalabrien ?r ett tecken p? en st?rre, rikst?ckande underl?tenhet fr?n landet f?r att dra nytta av sina mest v?rdefulla resurser -. i det h?r fallet, regionens natur- och kulturella sk?nhet.”

Artikel p? engelska H?R

My only socio-political opinion in Italy

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…

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Jag har aldrig tyckt att italiens problem ?r politikernas fel, f?r att om ett samh?llet fungerar eller inte fungerar beror faktiskt p? familjestrukturen. S? s?ger ?ven italienarna sj?lva; folket, politiken, lagen och kyrkan. Om ett samh?lle inte fungerar, beror det p? att familjestrukturen inte fungerar. Allt i samh?llet beror p? hur barnen uppfostras f?r de ?r dessa barn som sedan sitter i Parlamentet, myndigheternas kontor, banker, skolor, sjukv?rd osv. Om de inte kan ta hand om sig sj?lva, hur ska de sen kunna ta hand om ett land?
Detta ?r min enda samh?llspolitiska ?sikt i Italien…men detta s?ger jag aldrig till italienare, f?r de vill inte h?ra och det ?r faktiskt inget som jag bryr mig om. Har sett tillr?ckligt dessa fem ?r.
Det ?r barnen som ?r framtiden, inte f?r?ldrarna!

Som f?gelmamman. Hon puttar sina f?gelungar ut ur boet, att prova sina egna vingar och sedan kan de flyga sj?lva.

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Five Years in Sicily

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!

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Fem ?r p? Sicilien. Det ?r inte en sensationell k?nsla l?ngre, det ?r bara det dagliga livet dessa dagar eftersom alla berg och dalar korsats och jag har n?tt mitt m?l h?r. Jag ?r inte s?ker p? om jag kommer att stanna eller om jag kommer att g?, jag antar att livet kommer med ett svar…men tills dess stannar jag h?r och forts?tter g?ra saker jag alltid velat g?ra. Min tid h?r p? Sicilien har l?rt mig s? mycket om livet och jag har st?tt inf?r de utmaningar som jag letade efter. Det har inte p? n?got s?tt varit l?tt, men det har varit en mycket rik erfarenhet. Jag forts?tter att utforska denna ?, forts?tter att skriva och jag hoppas att hitta ett nytt projekt att s?tta mina t?nder i.
Italienarna och sicilianarna fr?gar ofta hur jag kan leva i ett land som Italien. Jag tycker det ?r ganska tr?kigt att f? den fr?gan. Ja, Skandinavien ?r ett av de b?sta omr?dena i v?rlden att f?das och v?xa upp i (oavsett hur mycket utl?ndska medier vill f?rst?ra det ryktet), och med livskunskapen vi f?r kan vi praktiskt taget bo var som helst i v?rlden och vara fria som individer. Men d? ?r det bra ?ven f?r en skandinav att prova ett annat land f?r att f? lite perspektiv p? v?rlden.
Jag tycker om att bo i Italien, men jag anpassar inte in i hela systemet. Det finns faktiskt tv? saker jag ogillar v?ldigt mycket i Italien, och det ?r familjesystemet och kyrka , eftersom de tv? ?r de mest skadligaste faktorerna i Italien och ?r som en cancer i hela samh?llet. Men resten ?r faktiskt helt ok och jag gillar folket.
Jag kan leva i Italien d?rf?r att jag har f?tt en helt annan start i livet, en start som ?r sv?rt att f?rklara om du inte vet n?got om Skandinavien. Och att leva en svensk livsstil p? Sicilien (som i Rom) fungerar mycket v?l. Endast g?ngen livet f?rvandlas till ett helvete ?r n?r jag m?ste ha att g?ra med en siciliansk familj, men jag kan hantera det ganska bra i dessa dagar. Jag har ingen kontakt med dem l?ngre, det enklaste s?ttet eftersom de aldrig kommer att respektera din integritet hur du ?n ber dem. H?r du kan inte ens h?nga gardiner utan att ha familjen involverad med r?d som ?r s? gammalmodiga och kan jag ocks? s?ga korkade. Men resten p? Sicilien gillar jag.

Det ?r fem ?r nu , och om denna plats skulle vara en hemsk plats, skulle jag inte stanna h?r en enda dag till. Jag har l?rt mig s? mycket om livet och mig sj?lv h?r och har ocks? mycket att tacka Sicilien f?r. Jag f?r det b?sta fr?n tv? kulturer och k?nner mig v?lsignad! Tack !

Hubby & I – A Sneak Peek into a mixed cultural relation

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.
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Hubby & I in Monreale

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F?stmannen och jag ?r faktiskt ganska mycket motsatser, kulturellt och hur vi v?xte upp. I livsstil har vi f?rst?tt att vi vill ha samma saker och han uppt?cker v?rlden och l?r k?nna sina egna ?sikter och egen stil, medan jag bara vill bli bonde. S? vi har p? n?got s?tt lyckats hitta en medelv?g. Han ?r inte den typiska sicilianska mannen, han vill utvecklas. Visst har han vissa delar som ?r typiskt sicilianska, t.ex. han har sv?rt att l?ta mig betala, han har ocks? vuxit upp med religi?s fruktan, gr?nser, k?nsroller och ber?ttelser, som f?r mig ?r ganska sv?rt att leva med. Ja, d? d?remot har det varit sv?rt f?r honom att leva med en kvinna som inte ?r en typisk lokal kvinna, jag bryr mig inte om sm? problem, jag har ?sikter, bryr mig inte om vad grannarna s?ger om oss, och vill vara delaktig i stora beslut, helt motsatt fr?n klassiska lokala kvinnor. Det sv?raste f?r honom att acceptera ?r att jag inte ringer honom hela tiden, vill att han g?r ut med sina v?nner och att hans dr?mmar besannas, vilket f?r honom i b?rjan har varit ett tecken p? att jag inte bryr mig, men det ?r faktiskt att jag vill att han ska vara fri och veta att jag litar p? honom. Och d? han m?ste lita p? mig eftersom jag arbetar 99,9% med m?n och reser med dem ocks? utomlands. Detta ?r en stor del av diskussionerna som vi har haft.

Thank you Sicily!

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.

Love….

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Svenska

Min vistelse h?r var att g?ra en total livsf?r?ndring. V?gen med att samla materiella ting och f? h?gre och h?gre l?n gjorde inte mig lyckligare. Ja, det gjorde mig glad...men inte lycklig.
P? Sicilien har jag haft tid att ?terh?mta mig. Tid att t?nka. Tis att hitta mig sj?lv och se vad jag egentligen vill ha ut av livet. Jag har aldrig trott p? himlen eller helvetet, eller att en grupp m?nniskor ?r valt av gud och tog tid att ta reda p? vad jag verkligen tror. Och ?nd? har jag v?xt upp i ett mycket religi?st hem (kommer skriva mer om det n?r jag ?r redo).?
Jag vill tacka Sicilien f?r s? m?nga saker. Jag har l?rt mig t?lamod h?r, att uppskatta det jag har, v?rdera m?nskliga relationer ?nnu mer och v?rdera livet. Blivit mer ekonomiskt. Jag har l?rt mig vikten av att ?ta bra och ?ven ta ledigt fr?n jobbet f?r att ha tid f?r livet. Generositeten sicilianska leverant?rer har gett mig att l?ra mig allt om mitt arbete, kan jag inte hitta p? m?nga andra st?llen. Tack!
Jag vill ocks? tacka alla sicilianare f?r fantastiska dialoger och de raka ?sikter de har kastat i ansiktet f?r att tr?na mig att se i andra perspektiv och ja, Hela V?rlden ?r Ett Land.?

Jag vet dock att jag aldrig skulle ha haft styrkan att g?ra denna resa om jag inte skulle ha haft de skandinaviska grunderna att st? sj?lv och vara individuell. Och hade inte kunnat g?ra denna resa om jag inte l?rt mig omtanke och respekt f?r m?nniskor, djur och natur.

Genom detta inl?gg antar jag att jag vill s?ga att varje kultur har m?nga rikedomar att erbjuda. ?ppna ?gonen och ta det b?sta av dem.

K?rlek….

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