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Trouble to close down

Went to close all insurances. Got an appointment at 09:00. When I arrive to the office the person says they can not find my documents and therefor do not know how to stop the payments. Said I am in no hurry, free all week and can sit here until the problem is solved. Asked where the closest cafe is so I can bring in breakfast while waiting. They found them in ten minutes and could close everything. This is Italy, and how they have to be treated.


Gick för avsluta alla försäkringar. Fick en tid 09:00. När jag kommer till kontoret säger personen att de inte kan hitta mina dokument och vet därför inte hur de ska stoppa betalningarna. Sa att jag inte har bråttom, ledig hela veckan och kan sitta här tills problemet är löst. Frågade vart närmaste café är så jag kan ta in frukost i väntan. De hittade dem på tio minuter och kunde stänga allt. Det här är Italien och hur de måste behandlas.

Reimbursement from Trenitalia?

Yowza! After nine months I get a reimbursement from Trenitalia for cancelled and late trains. Who knew? It is actually not for this ticket I made a claim, it was Rome – Catania and another day, but whatever. € 17,25 is not a life changer, but it is always a bottle of wine.

Most complicated payment of a fine

Got a fine in Gangi. I got two options; pay at the police station which of course was closed, or mail them for payment information. So I mailed them Monday morning. After couple of “damaged Word files”, they managaed to send this Wednesday morning a file I could open with instructions how to pay.

Step 1) Go to the Gangi municipal website to pay with PagoPA. Of course the site is not linked, you have to Google and then scroll/ click. Well I managed to pay after many clicks and classical Codice Fiscale. Gosh, you can’t survive without that document.

Step 2) Fill a document of responsibility of the fine. The photo on the right.

Step 3) Send in following documents: Copy of the fine you got on site, document of taking responsibility of the fine, copy of payment of the fine, copy of your driving license. And one more I refuse to send.

I am though very impressed they have the courage to call this “online payment”. Well, technically it is, but any north European CIO (IT Manager) would… yeah, strangle someone. The part I love the most is where they write one has to print everything, sign and send copies. No, there are online programs for signing. And how can e.g. tourists pay as they require Italian bank ID to pay online?

PagoPA is actually only thing one has to do if you like to call it “pagamento online”. But I guess family members needs jobs in Gangi too…

Though sure I missed something here and this fine will take couple of weeks to sort out. But paid it is.

The curtain story

This is so typical Sicily.

My neighbor has lived without curtains for at least over 15 years. She was told that it is not possible to mount a curtain rod because of the stone walls. The building is an old 1800 baroque structure built on stone. When I moved in I bought the right tools and mounted a curtain rod, sew curtains and having curtains since. It took almost two years before the lady knocked on my door to ask if I really have curtains as she has been passing my windows several times and could not believe her eyes. So I told her about the tools needed and she went to buy them a.s.a.p. and called again the handyman to say it is possible. She also admired the curtains I have in the living room, so I will give them to her because they will be changed anyway this summer.

This is so typical Sicily. You get a No if someone has never done such job, or is too lazy to do it. And as so often, not interested to learn anything new.


Detta är så typiskt Sicilien.

Min granne har levt utan gardiner i minst över 15 år. Hon fick information att det inte går att montera en gardinstång på grund av stenväggarna. Byggnaden är en gammal barockbyggnad från 1800 byggd på sten. När jag flyttade in köpte jag rätt verktyg och monterade en gardinstång, sydde gardiner och har gardiner sedan dess. Det tog nästan två år innan damen knackade på min dörr för att fråga om jag verkligen har gardiner då hon har passerat mina fönster flera gånger och inte trott sina ögon. Så jag berättade för henne om de verktyg som behövdes och hon gick för att köpa dem omedelbart. Ringde igen hantverkaren för att säga att det är möjligt. Hon beundrade också gardinerna jag har i vardagsrummet, så jag ska ge henne dem då de ska ändå bytas i sommar.

Det här är så typiskt Sicilien. Du får ett Nej om någon aldrig har gjort ett sådant jobb, eller är för lat för att göra det. Och som så ofta, inte intresserad att lära sig något nytt.

Living by an erupting volcano

There are hundreds of photos online of the erupting Etna volcano, but not many showing how it is to live with it. Well, my white city car is black, streets are black, home has some black spots as lava dust is so fine it sneaks in, and water bucket to clean the floors once a day will be by the entrance until Etna calms down. This eruption is big, but glad we do not have earthquakes like last big one.


Det finns hundratals bilder online på vulkanen Etnas utbrott, men inte många som visar hur det är att leva med den. Nåväl, min vita stadsbil är svart, gatorna är svarta, hemmet har några svarta fläckar eftersom lavadamm är så fint att det smyger in, och vattenhinken för att rengöra golven en gång om dagen kommer att vara vid ingången tills Etna lugnar sig. Detta utbrott är stort, men glad att vi inte har jordbävningar som den senaste stora.

Just life during the week

Living in Sicily is also daily life. Today car washing. Leave your car and the key in the line. Walk over to the other side. Read a book or blog and get your car washed by hand inside and out for ? 10,00.


Living in Sicily ?r ocks? vardagslivet. Idag biltv?tt. L?mna din bil och nyckeln i k?n. G? ?ver till andra sidan. L?s en bok eller blogga, och din bil blir tv?ttad f?r hand inifr?n och ut f?r ? 10,00.

Lock Down! Or?

UPDATE 11/3: People can do sports, go out, eat in restaurants, have lessons ecc…but not in large groups and respect the distance between people. Called the authorities due to so much misinformation around. Hashtags to stay home are private initiatives.


I don’t really understand what this Lock Down is about. Whole Italy is now under the regulations that everyone should stay home and go out only for extremely important matters and work. Okay, so I got curious and went out for a drive. In Catania most stores are open, even those a person can live without. Drove to IKEA outside the city center, and imagine my surprice…it was open. Went in, less people but business as usual with signs recommending people to keep one meter distance. Bought curtains. Mc Donalds open and many other non necessary businesses. And then, no control at all. Drove around for two hours, not a police car in sight. No road blocks, nothing. Heard from colleagues a cruise ship came in to Messina, tourists doing excursions after a fast check.

Wasn’t Milano supposed to be completely closed for traveling in and out? Check the Catania airport app, nine flights out yesterday and today seven this far from Catania to Milan. Normally they have 14 flights a day.

I see less traffic, some more people with masks and less people in stores. But business as usual. You go in, you go out…as normal. I went out lunch time due to less people, not risking anyone or anything, having the obligatory declaration with me (last photo) ready to be controlled. Nothing!

Svenska efter bilderna

Jag f?rst?r inte riktigt vad denna landskarant?n handlar om. Hela Italien omfattas nu av reglerna att alla ska stanna hemma och bara g? ut f?r extremt viktiga ?renden och arbete. Okej, s? jag blev nyfiken och ?kte ut f?r med bilen. I Catania ?r de flesta butiker ?ppna, ?ven de en person kan leva utan. K?rde till IKEA utanf?r stadens centrum och f?rest?ll mig min f?rv?ning … det var ?ppet. Gick in, f?rre m?nniskor men aff?rer som vanligt med skyltar som rekommenderar m?nniskor att h?lla en meters avst?nd. K?pte gardiner. Mc Donalds ?ppnet och m?nga andra icke n?dv?ndiga aktiviteter. Och ingen kontroll alls. K?rde runt i tv? timmar, inte en polisbil i sikte. Inga v?gblockar, ingenting. H?rde fr?n kollegor att ett kryssningsfartyg kommit in till Messina, turister gjorde utflykter efter en snabb kontroll.

Skulle inte Milano vara helt st?ngt f?r att resa in och ut? Kolla appen Catania flygplats, nio flygningar ig?r och idag sju s? l?ngt fr?n Catania till Milano. Normalt har de 14 flyg om dagen.

Jag ser mindre trafik, n?gra fler m?nniskor med masker och f?rre m?nniskor i butiker. Men aff?rer som vanligt. Du g?r in, du g?r ut … som normalt. Jag gick ut lunchtid p? grund av f?rre m?nniskor, inte riskera n?gon eller n?got, med den obligatoriska deklarationen med mig (sista bilden) redo att kontrolleras. Ingenting!

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.

Stop asking me why I live here

I so often get the very annoying question from locals How I can live in this place and how could I ever leave such a great country like Sweden? Well, it is quite difficult to compare Sicily to Sweden as they are two complete opposites of each other. I was supposed to be here just one year, but that one year is eight now. I admit it is not the easiest place to live in, but it also suits me well. In Sicily there is so many things I can do and I am also doing, here I have to think more (use my brains) and plan more. I have also learned to appreciate things in life that I took for granted before. I also have more time for life and more life quality. And yes, I have started to work on to be able to live in two countries. But wherever you go on this island, it can not help taking your breath away. This is full winter rain season here and just made two quick photos driving in my hood. I do not think I will ever leave Sicily completely. And if I ever have to, I will leave Italy all together. Would not live anywhere else in this country.

The most beautiful compliments I ever received: It shows that you love our land like your own! You must have been a viking here in your previous life! Thank you!



Jag f?r s? ofta en mycket irriterande fr?ga fr?n lokalbefolkningen Hur kan jag leva p? denna plats och hur kunde jag n?gonsin l?mna ett s? perfekt land som Sverige? N?ja, det ?r ganska sv?rt att j?mf?ra Sicilien med Sverige eftersom de ?r tv? kompletta motsatser till varandra. Jag skulle vara h?r bara ett ?r, men ett ?r ?r nu ?tta ?r. Jag medger att det ?r inte den l?ttaste platsen att leva i, men det passar mig ocks? bra. P? Sicilien finns s? m?nga saker jag kan g?ra och jag g?r ocks? mycket, h?r m?ste jag t?nka mer (anv?nda min hj?rna) och planera mer. Jag har ocks? l?rt mig att uppskatta saker i livet som jag tog f?r givet tidigare. Jag har ocks? mer tid f?r livet och mer livskvalitet. Och ja, jag har b?rjat arbeta p? att kunna leva i tv? l?nder. Men vart du ?n g?r p? denna ?, kan den inte hj?lpa att ta andan ur dig. Detta ?r full vinterregnperiod h?r och tog bara tv? snabba bilder k?randet i grannskapet. Jag tror inte att jag n?gonsin kommer att l?mna Sicilien 100%. Och om jag n?gonsin m?ste, kommer jag att l?mna Italien helt och h?llet. Skulle inte bo n?gon annanstans i detta land.

De vackraste komplimanger jag n?gonsin f?tt: Det syns att du ?lskar v?rt land som ditt eget! Du m?ste ha varit en viking h?r i ditt tidigare liv! Tack!

Two point five years in Catania

To this date I have lived in Catania for 2,5 years and the reason of moving here was to try a larger city in Sicily. We are moving back to Ragusa next year. Saying that I do not like Catania makes many people very mad because peoples identity lays in the city they live in, especially Catanesi and Palermitani because these cities are in somekind of conflict, but this is not a city for me. It has been good to live here because I have seen another side of Sicily, my view of Sicily has worsened. But plans to move back to Ragusa has started and we are looking for some land. The major difference between Catania and Ragusa is that life quality is much higher in Ragusa and the public offices works much better. I called the Ragusa technical office and got information immediately, while in Catania I have problems to even pay my taxes. Every meeting with public offices here ends with a threat to report them to get atleast minimum service. It is not worth to waste life time for these battles. Catania has nice clubs, great food and more to offer if you like shopping, but in the other hand I feel like going backwards in time because it is a dirty city, quite mean, unneccessary chaotic and more ancient mentally. But is it just one hour from Ragusa if we like to come he and go clubbing one night. So Ragusa, I hope to see you soon! 🙂

I understand now why people told me on my first year Sicily tour Beata tu, vivi a Ragusa! = Lucky you, living in Ragusa!


Till detta datum har jag bott i Catania i 2,5 ?r och anledningen till att flytta hit var att prova en st?rre stad p? Sicilien. Vi flyttar tillbaka till Ragusa n?sta ?r. Att s?ga att jag inte tycker om Catania g?r m?nga m?nniskor v?ldigt arga eftersom m?nniskorna har sin stolthet i staden de bor i och framf?rallt Cataneser och Palermitanare d? dessa st?der st?r i n?gonslags strid med varann, men det ?r inte en stad f?r mig. Det har varit bra att bo h?r eftersom jag har sett en annan sida av Sicilien, min syn p? Sicilien har f?rs?mrats. Men planer p? att flytta tillbaka till Ragusa har p?b?rjats och vi letar efter mark. Den stora skillnaden mellan Catania och Ragusa ?r att livskvaliteten ?r mycket h?gre i Ragusa och offentliga kontor fungerar mycket b?ttre. Jag ringde till tekniska kontoret i Ragusa och fick information omedelbart, medan i Catania har jag problem att till och med betala min skatt. Varje m?te med offentliga kontor h?r avslutas med ett hot att anm?la dem f?r att f? minst minimum av service. Det ?r inte v?rt att sl?sa livstid f?r dessa strider. Catania har fina klubbar, god mat och mycket mer att erbjuda om du gillar shopping, men ? andra sidan k?nns det som att ha flyttat bak?t i tiden d? staden ?r smutsig, ganska elak, on?digt kaotisk och antik mentalitet. Men ?r det bara en timme fr?n Ragusa, s? kan vi komma hit ?ver en natt och g? p? klubbar. S? Ragusa, jag hoppas att vi ses snart! 🙂

Jag har f?rst?tt nu varf?r de flesta jag tr?ffade f?rsta ?ret p? min Sicilien resa sa Beata tu, vivi a Ragusa! = Lyckost dig som bor i Ragusa!

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