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Lock Down 2.0

So, the second Lock Down came to Sicily last Friday. This means we can only move inside our municipalities which are quite small in Sicily. They call it a light Lock Down, but it is not so much lighter as it is just one step away to say we can not leave our homes and do just one errand a day. Bars and restaurants had to close down, but shops can keep open. Personally it does not make any sense. We also have to be indoors after 22:00 until 5am. Supporting restaurants trying to buy take away more often that usual. Lot of protests coming up all around Italy where even some municipalities says Enough Now! Well, I will not post more about that. Will surely come in the news riots, silent protests, legal wars between Governments and municipalities.

In Catania we do not see the effect of crises yet. More cars gets stolen and I do not use big bags nor earrings going out as the risk is high someone will rob them. But last weeks when everything was still open, I traveled in Sicily for video material and got a harsh doze of reality seeing city centers deserted by business closing or closed down. It was frightening to see it!

Stay safe where ever you are! All love!

  • Så den andra Lock Down kom till Sicilien i fredags. Det betyder att vi bara kan röra oss i våra kommuner som är ganska små på Sicilien. De kallar det en lätt Lock Down, men det är inte så mycket lättare eftersom det är bara ett steg bort att vi inte kan lämna hem och bara göra ett ärende om dagen. Barer och restauranger var tvungna att stänga, men butiker kan hålla öppet. Personligen är det inte meningsfullt. Vi måste också vara inomhus efter kl. 22.00 till 05.00. Stödjer restauranger genom att försöka köpa Take Away oftare än vanligt. Massor av protester som kommer över hela Italien där även vissa kommuner säger Nog Nu! Jag kommer inte att skriva mer om det. Kommer säkert i nyheterna om upplopp, tysta protester, lagliga krig mellan regering och kommuner. Håll dig säker var du än är! All kärlek!

I Catania ser vi inte effekten av krisen ännu. Fler bilar stjäls och jag använder inte stora väskor eller örhängen utomhus eftersom risken är hög att någon rycker dem dem. Men senaste veckorna när allt fortfarande var öppet, reste jag på Sicilien för videomaterial och fick en hård dos av verkligheten då jag såg stadskärnor övergivna av att företag stängde ner eller stängt. Det var skrämmande att se det!

One week in quarantine in Sicily

It is one week since strict quarantine rules started in Italy and of course we in Sicily follow those. Life is quite surreal as we have to stay inside and go out only for necessary matters like doing the groceries, bank errands, some outdoor sports, work….but then we have to go home. The good side is that I get so many things done, time to do all the things I always wanted to do but never had time due to things you are forced to do.? Using the drill, sewing curtains, cleaning wardrobe to give to poor, dust ceilings…

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Det ?r en vecka sedan str?nga karant?nreglerna b?rjade i Italien och naturligtvis f?ljer vi p? Sicilien dessa. Livet ?r ganska surrealistiskt eftersom vi m?ste stanna inne och bara g? ut f?r n?dv?ndiga saker som att handla, bank?renden, lite utomhussport, arbete …. men sen m?ste vi ?ka hem. Den goda sidan ?r att jag f?r s? mycket saker gjort, tid att g?ra alla saker jag alltid velat g?ra men aldrig haft tid p? grund av saker en tvingats g?ra. Borra, sy gardiner, organisera garderoben f?r att ge till fattiga, damma takvalven…

Despite all this the society works as normally outside. We stay home and post arrives, home delivery for pizza works, some Tabacchi are open, laundry service open, mechanic open, internet works, buses goes as usual, they pick up the trash everyday, even recycling. A very surreal world now. I go out for power walk each day early morning or lunch time when almost no one is around and I notice more police cars around now…saw eight in one hour.

The photos you see in media with people in line by supermarkets is not about lack of foods, is about they let just a certain amount of people in at time. But stores are filled, there is more foods now than before. Even organic shelves are stuffed, usually stuff lacks. Help organizations help people in need to do groceries, clean homes ecc… I have to say that I never seen a society so well organized as now.

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Trots detta fungerar samh?llet som normalt utanf?r. Vi stannar hemma men posten anl?nder, hemleverans f?r pizza, vissa Tabacchi ?r ?ppna, tv?tteriet ?ppen, mekaniker ?ppen, internet fungerar, bussar g?r som vanligt, soph?mtning varje dag, till och med ?tervinning. En mycket surrealistisk v?rld nu. Jag g?r p? power walk varje dag tidigt p? morgonen eller lunchtid n?r n?stan ingen ?r ute och jag ser fler polisbilar runtomkring nu… s?g ?tta p? en timme.

De bilder du ser i media med m?nniskor i k? vid stormarknader handlar inte om brist p? mat, det handlar om att de sl?pper in en viss m?ngd m?nniskor i taget. Men butikerna ?r v?lfyllda, det finns mer mat nu ?n tidigare. ?ven Eko hyllorna ?r fyllda, vanligtvis saknas saker. Hj?lporganisationer hj?lper m?nniskor i behov att handla, st?da hem ecc … Jag m?ste s?ga att jag aldrig sett ett samh?lle s? v?lorganiserat som nu.

Today I worked as food business never stops. Cleaned the vacuum cleaner, sorted tool boxes and sewing boxes…even sorted buttons in light and dark colors. Found money in a book… Italy has made so many reforms to help people and companies, got the 41 page document from accountant to study tomorrow. But I will not write about that, it will be in media soon and countries going in Lock Down will copy the program.

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Idag arbetade jag d? livsmedelssektorn aldrig stannar. Rensade dammsugaren, sorterade verktygsl?dor och s?mnadsl?dor…?ven sorterade knappar i ljusa och m?rka f?rger. Hittade pengar i en bok … Italien har genomf?rt s? m?nga reformer f?r att hj?lpa m?nniskor och f?retag, fick 41 sidors dokument fr?n revisorn att studera i morgon. Men jag kommer inte att skriva om det, det kommer att vara i media snart och l?nder som g?r i Lock Down kommer att kopiera programmet.

This time I feel the soul begins to calm down, dreams begins to form, the hobbies I want to have seems more doable … feel reborn. Even though times are dark now, I feel peace. The gut feeling says the future is beautiful. Take care of each other and take the time in Lock Down to create dreams and heal. Love from Sicily!

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Denna tid k?nner jag att sj?len b?rjar lugna ner sig, dr?mmar b?rjar bildas, hobbyn jag vill g?ra verkar mer g?rliga…k?nner mig p?nyf?dd. Trots att tiderna ?r m?rka nu, k?nner jag ingen oro. Magk?nslan s?ger att framtiden ?r vacker. Ta hand om varandra och ta tiden i Lock Down att skapa dr?mmar och helas. Love from Sicily!

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

A Rainy DaY in Militello – Just PassinG By

In these small sicilian towns, hidden between the mountains you find the sicilian lifestyle. Take a coffee and study the people. Seeing these old men in the Piazza and Tabacchaio corners talking and talking, surely about the same things they talked yesterday and last week…and life goes on.

Walking to the narrow streets meeting women talking to each other about Idda and Iddu (her and him) and other neighbor issues to be solved. Perhaps it wa someones birthday, or foreigners bought a house in the area, or baptism of grand kids…and life goes on.

Rent a car, drive around, take your time, drink that coffe in central Piazza…relax. People stare, they ask the cafe owner who these new comers are… And this is life! Not much has changed since the last century.

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I dessa sm? sicilianska st?der, g?mda mellan bergen hittar du den sicilianska livsstilen. Ta en kaffe och studera folket. Att se dessa gamla m?n i Piazzan och Tabacchaio h?rnan prata och prata, s?kert om samma saker som de pratade om ig?r pch f?rra veckan… och livet forts?tter.

G? kring de smala gatorna d?r du m?ter kvinnor som pratar med varandra om Idda och Iddu (henne och honom) och andra grannfr?gor som ska l?sas. Kanske var det n?gons f?delsedag, eller utl?nningar k?pte ett hus i omr?det, eller dop f?r barnbarn … och livet forts?tter.

Hyr en bil, k?r runt, ta din tid, drick det d?r kaffet i centrala Piazzan … koppla av. M?nniskor stirrar, de fr?gar kaf??garen vem de h?r nykomnna ?r … Och det h?r ?r livet! Inte mycket har f?r?ndrats sedan f?rra seklet.

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Streetlife in Catania

Catania is a nice city to visit. I have lived there before for three years, but for living it is a very stressful city. I like to visit the city often instead. What I miss about Catania are all events and the great food. Yes, Catania has the best food in Sicily and also for a good price. When I visit Catania alone, I often eat at my favorite wine bar, it is a small alley just by the store Coin at via Etnea. I never remember to check the name.

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Catania ?r en trevlig stad att bes?ka. Jag har bott d?r tidigare i tre ?r, men f?r att bo, ?r det en mycket stressande stad. Jag tycker om att bes?ka staden ofta ist?llet. Vad jag saknar fr?n Catania ?r alla event och den goda maten. Ja, Catania har b?sta maten p? Sicilien och ?ven f?r ett bra pris. N?r jag bes?ker Catania ensam, ?ter jag ofta p? min favorit vinbar, det ?r i en liten gr?nd precis vid Coin butiken p? via Etnea. Jag kommer aldrig ih?g att kolla namnet.

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Daily Drama in the Cartoon Mansion

Sicily is drama. On stage, on TV, on the radio, on the streets….many and everywhere…Drama, Drama, Drama…So this is the latest Drama.

Mickey Mouse is responsable for apartments: renting them out and mantaining them, and some he owns. One day Daisy Duck moves in and became very good friends with Mickey Mouse because she could help him a lot with works and he could trust her with errands. Minnie Mouse, Mickeys wife, was not very found of that, but all worked well. Then moves in Magica de Hex and became fast friends with Daisy Duck, but Daisy felt that something was not quite right. And one day the day arrived when Magica de Hex told Mickey Mouse many bad things about Daisy Duck, and even Minnie Mouse confirmed. This created some tense relation between Daisy Duck and Mickey Mouse. Magica de Hex was clearly jealous of the fine friendship Daisy had with Mickey and started to try to help him out also, the problem was that she was not so handy. But she was also clever. To get Mickeys sympathy she often cried telling stories of her bad ex-men. So Mickey felt sad for her and started to help De Hex even economically and told her that she can stay in his apartment he does not use. He also told Minnie to help De Hex and they started to hang out every night and excluded Daisy Duck.

Then the day came when Daisy Duck had to leave abroad and already asked another person to go with her, because the drive was long. Just hours before packing comes Mickey Mouse and says that he wants to go with Daisy Duck, he will just call Minnie. The “other person” says that it is better that Mickey goes and off they went together abroad. Then after some time they came back. Mickey Mouse left Minnie Mouse and lives in the same apartment as Magica de Hex even if they are not a couple, because De Hex can’t pay the rent and has nowhere to go, and this apartment is his and has no other place to go. Minnie Mouse has not been seen since then, and Mickey and Daisy are good friends again. And Magica De Hex is kept on comforting friendly distance.

The “other person” just enjoys the scenes not needing a TV for daily drama.

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Sicilien ?r drama. P? scen, p? TV, i radio, p? gatorna …. m?nga och ?verallt … Drama, Drama, Drama … S? det h?r ?r det senaste dramat.


Musse Pigg ?r ansvarig f?r l?genheter: hyr ut dem och underh?ller dem, och n?gra ?ger han. En dag flyttar Kajsa Anka in och blev mycket god v?n med Musse Pigg,? f?r att hon kunde hj?lpa honom en hel del med jobb och han kunde lita p? henne med ?renden. Mimmi Pigg, Musses fru, var inte s?rskilt f?rtjust i det, men allt fungerade bra. Sedan flyttar Magica de Hex in och blev snabbt v?n med Kajsa Anka, men Kajsa k?nde att n?got inte var helt r?tt. Och s? kom dagen n?r Magica de Hex ber?ttade f?r Musse Pigg m?nga d?liga saker om Kajsa Anka, och ?ven Mimmi Pigg bekr?ftade detta. Detta skapade en sp?nd relation mellan Kajsa Anka och Musse Pigg. Magica de Hex var klart avundsjuk p? den fina v?nskap Kajsa hade med Musse och b?rjade f?rs?ka hj?lpa honom ocks?, problemet var att hon var inte s? praktisk. Men hon var ocks? smart. F?r att f? Mussess sympati ber?ttade hon ofta historier om hennes d?liga ex-m?n med gr?ten i halsen. S? Musse k?nde sympati f?r henne och b?rjade hj?lpa De Hex ?ven ekonomiskt och sa till henne att hon kan bo i hans l?genhet som anv?nds. Han ber?ttade ocks? f?r Minnie att hj?lpa De Hex och de b?rjade att h?nga ute varje kv?ll och utesl?t Kajsa.?

Sedan kom dagen d? Kajsa Anka var tvungen att ?ka utomlands och redan bett “en annan person” att ?ka med henne, eftersom det var l?ngt att k?ra. Bara timmar innan packning kommer Musse Pigg och s?ger att han vill ?ka med Kajsa Anka, han ska bara ringa Minnie. Den “andra personen” s?ger att det ?r b?ttre att Musse ?ker och iv?g bar de utomlands. Sedan efter en viss tid de kom tillbaka. Musse Pigg l?mnade Mimmi Pigg och bor i samma l?genhet som Magica de Hex ?ven om de inte ?r ett par, eftersom De Hex inte kan betala hyran och har ingenstans att ta v?gen. D? ocks? l?genheten ?r hans och inte har n?gon annanstans att ta sig v?gen heller. Minnie Mouse har inte setts sedan dess, och Musse och Daisy ?r goda v?nner igen. Dock h?lls Magica De Hex p? bekv?mt v?nligt avst?nd.?

Den “andra personen” bara ?tnjuter scenerna och beh?ver inte en TV f?r daglig drama.

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!

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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!

Dreaming of an Illusion

It is an interesting life living in two opposite cultures. You see swedes dreaming about the perfect sicilian life where la mamma is always a smiling person, father hard working and family stick together and they wish that swedes were more like that. And of course the illusion is not true. While sicilians dream about the perfect swedish system where the goverment gives you alot of money and serves the population with everyhting, and of course that illusion ain’t true either. Somehow we are stuck in the thinking that life is better somewhere else than the life we have, and with these illusion we are never satisfied with our lives.

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Det ?r ett intressant liv att leva i tv? motsatta kulturer. Du ser svenskar som dr?mmer om det perfekta sicilianska familjelivet d?r La Mamma ?r alltid en leende person, far h?rt arbetande och familjen h?ller ihop och de vill att svenskarna var mer s?. Och naturligtvis ?r illusionen inte sann. Medan sicilianare dr?mmer om det perfekta svenska systemet d?r staten ger dig en massa pengar och tj?nar befolkningen med allt, och naturligtvis ?r denna illusionen inte sann heller. P? n?got s?tt ?r vi fast i t?nkandet att livet ?r b?ttre n?gon annanstans ?n det liv vi har, och med dessa illusioner blir vi aldrig n?jda med v?ra liv.

Sicily Update

So what has happened lately in Sicily?

Well, some time ago a judge that works against the malavita found a bomb outside his home where his wife and children were present. Crocetta and the government went public with this right away and said that this will only increase their work against people like this.

About 1000 refugees as day comes to the sicilian west coast from Syria, also many women and children. Unfortunately also many bodies are found in the water or by the beaches where people spend their holiday. Sicily has reported this to EU several times, but not much more has happened that the Pope being at Lampedusa praying and some officials from Rome been here to look at this disaster. The mayor of Lampedusa has been to Bruxelles trying to get them to wake up.

Catania city is making a metro, there is one line since years. The ground is lava stone to they had to special order a bigger drill from China.?
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S? vad som h?nt nyligen p? Sicilien?
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F?r en tid sedan hittade en domare som arbetar mot malavita en bomb utanf?r hans hem d?r hans fru och barn var n?rvarande. Crocetta och regeringen gick ut offentligt med detta genast och sade att detta bara kommer att ?ka deras arbete mot personer som dessa.

Ca 1000 flyktingar om dagen kommer till Siciliens v?stkust fr?n Syrien, ?ven m?nga kvinnor och barn. Tyv?rr har ?ven m?nga kroppar hittas i vattnet eller p? str?nderna d?r m?nniskor tillbringar sin semester. Sicilien har rapporterat detta till EU flera g?nger, men inte mycket mer har h?nt att p?ven bes?kt Lampedusa och bett, och n?gra tj?nstem?n fr?n Rom varit h?r f?r att titta p? denna katastrof. Borgm?staren i Lampedusa har varit i Bruxelles i ett f?rs?k att f? dem att vakna.
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Catania stad g?r en tunnelbana, det finns en linje sedan n?gra ?r. Marken ?r lavasten s? de var tvungna att specialbest?lla en st?rre borr fr?n Kina.

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