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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.

A dying breed

Love this scene

This couples car did not start and the wife just open the bonnet and started to fix things. Her husband seems to be very calm about this as he just stood there and watched her doing her thing. Many men passed by and felt of course the need to help out, but they did not solve anything and got silent and left.
After 15 minutes the issue was solved, she put down the bonnet, called her cat and they all went home to eat lunch. The street with men watching the scene….was silent.
Women like this are a dying breed.

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?lskar den h?r scenen
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Denna pars bil startade inte och fru bara ?ppnade huven och b?rjade fixa saker. Hennes man verkade vara v?ldigt lugn om detta n?r han bara stod d?r och tittade p? henne g?randes sin grej. M?nga m?n gick f?rbi och k?nde naturligtvis behovet av att hj?lpa till, men de kunde inte l?sa n?gonting och blev tysta och gick iv?g. Efter 15 minuter var problemet l?st, hon f?llde ner motorhuven, kallade p? katten och alla gick hem f?r att ?ta lunch. Gatan med m?nnen som betraktade h?ndelsen...var tyst.?
Kvinnor som dessa ?r en d?ende ras.

Be informed to not be fooled

Got an own contact person at Italian Chamber of Commerce, so consultants can not fool money. It is a big difference from “more or less 250-300 ?” for fees, than the correct sum of 141,50?. A consultant has to know the job they are doing. Vague answers makes me back off immediately.?
This is also one key problem in Italy. Many people to not make their business to get informed. Consultants, lawyers etc know it and can easily fool money from people.
But when you go in with right information, they do their job correctly.
And never send in all info at once especially when you are creating a company, it is quite usual they steal others work to give a tip to a friend or family member.??

Alot of work that is consider only to be made by consultants, you can do yourself.
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Fick en egen kontaktperson p? italienska handelskammaren, s? konsulterna inte kan lura pengar. Det ?r en stor skillnad fr?n mer eller mindre 250-300 ? f?r avgifter, ?n den korrekta summan av 141,50 ?. En konsult ska veta hur jobbet ska g?ras. Vaga svar g?r att jag drar mig tillbaka omedelbart.
Detta ?r ocks? ett centralt problem i Italien. M?nga m?nniskor bryr sig inte att s?ka information. Konsulter, advokater etc vet det och kan l?tt lura pengar fr?n folk.
Men n?r du g?r in med r?tt information, de g?r sitt jobb korrekt.
Och aldrig skicka in all information p? en g?ng speciellt n?r du skapar ett nytt f?retag, det ?r ganska vanligt att de stj?l andra arbete f?r att ge ett tips till en v?n eller familjemedlem.

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M?nga arbeten som anses att endast konsulter kan g?ra, kan du g?ra sj?lv.


Alrighty…

So we got a gift. A vacuum cleaner even if we have said millions of times that we do not need one.
And it ain’t small….you know those they use in hotels. Those big grey blue ones…
…yes, one of those.
E-bay next?
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S? vi fick en g?va. En dammsugare ?ven om vi har sagt miljontals g?nger att vi inte beh?ver en.
Och det ?r inte liten….du vet de som de anv?nder i hotell. De stora gr? bl?a
ja, en av dem.
Ebay n?sta?

So what is my fu**ing excuse?

Sicily is changing. It has changed so much from my first visit here 2007 and from the year I moved here 2009. It is a positive change with some hard times during the Lombardo era that made me seriously thinking of taking a small paus living half time abroad. But then a door opened and slowly things changes.
During the hard times here, and those times comes automatically wherever you live, I think about the young italian woman I read about a while ago. Her dream was to be an architect and got into an university to start her road. There she met a man and got pregnant. The man abandoned her and pressed her to make an abortion, but she did not want to. Her mother did not support her either, nor any other people too…just one classmate. She gave birth to the child, passed her exam, opened her own architect studio and was able to bring her child to work. Then child started school and things got a little bit easier.
When her studio started to go well, the man suddenly appeared in her life and wanted to be forgiven. He got forgiven, but she did not want to have him in her life. Her mother tried to push her to take him back, because that is the right thing to do she said.

When times get hard, I think about this and ask myself What is my fucking excuse. Get up and start moving!
This is also a classic example how things are changing from the old traditions to young brave women out there daring to take their own road despite that the closest world turns their back on them.
Love stories like this. I save them. Gives inspiration and strength!
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Sicilien f?r?ndras. Det har f?r?ndrats s? mycket fr?n mitt f?rsta bes?k h?r 2007 och fr?n ?ret jag flyttade hit 2009. Det ?r en positiv f?r?ndring med n?gra h?rda tider under Lombardo eran som fick mig allvarligt att fundera p? en liten paus och bo halva tiden utomlands. Men d? ?ppnades en d?rr och l?ngsamt f?r?ndras saker.
Under de tuffa tiderna h?r, och dessa tider kommer automatiskt oavsett var du bor, t?nker jag p? den unga italienska kvinnan jag l?ste om f?r ett tag sedan. Hennes dr?m var att bli arkitekt och blev beviljad till ett universitet f?r att starta sin v?g. D?r tr?ffade hon en man och blev gravid. Mannen ?vergav henne och pressade henne att g?ra abort, men hon ville inte. Hennes mor st?dde inte henne heller, eller n?gra andra m?nniskor hellerbara en klasskamrat. Hon f?dde barnet, passerade hennes examen, ?ppnade sin egen arkitekt studio och kunde ta med sitt barn till jobbet. D? barnet b?rjat skolan blev det lite enklare.
N?r hennes atelj? b?rjade g? bra, d?k mannen pl?tsligt upp i hennes liv och ville bli f?rl?ten. Han blev f?rl?ten, men hon ville inte ha honom i sitt liv. Hennes mamma f?rs?kte pressa henne att ta honom tillbaka, eftersom det ?r enda r?tta att g?ra, sade hon.

N?r tiderna blir sv?ra, t?nker jag om detta och fr?gar mig sj?lv Vad ?r min j?vla urs?kt. Upp och hoppa!
Detta ?r ocks? ett klassiskt exempel p? hur saker och ting f?r?ndras fr?n de gamla traditionerna till unga modiga kvinnor d?r ute som v?gar g? sin egen v?g, trots att den n?rmaste v?rlden v?nder ryggen emot dem.
?lskar historier som denna. Jag sparar dem. Ger inspiration och styrka!

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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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….

Stuff in Sicily

Alot of things has happened in Sicily lately. First there was the first Gay Pride festival in Palermo with over 30,000 participants. You can find some photos here.
The same week was also Taormina Film Festival, one of the oldest festivals. With guests like Russel Crowe and Meg Ryan. Unfortunately my favorite gangster, James Gandolfini, died in a heart attack in Rome after visiting the film festival. Article here.

17 politicians from the ex-sicilian government under Lombardo has been arrested and put it trial. During Lombardos time they have used money meant for unemployed on prostitutes, vacations and luxurious parties. Lombardo himself is in trial for mafia affairs.

Catanias metro plans are going forward very fast, everyday passing city center something new has happened and plans to build a metro in Palermo is also going on. In west Catania they are also building a car parking where work travellers can leave their car and take the fast line bus into the city. Catania city has launched three fast buslines that will take maximum 15 minutes to reach the city. They have their own lane.

Catania has also a new mayor that has already approved two big plans to freshen up the city, one is to make the Playa area to an attractive tourism destination.
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M?nga saker har h?nt p? Sicilien nyligen. F?rst var det den f?rsta Gay Pride festivalen i Palermo med ?ver 30.000 deltagare. Du kan hitta bilder h?r.

Samma vecka var ocks? Taormina Film Festival, en av de ?ldsta festivalerna. Med g?ster som Russel Crowe och Meg Ryan. Tyv?rr dog min favorit gangster, James Gandolfini, i en hj?rtattack i Rom efter att ha bes?kt filmfestivalen. Artikel h?r.
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17 politiker fr?n f?rra sicilianska regeringen Lombardo har gripits och satts i r?tteg?ng. Under Lombardos tid har de anv?nt pengar avsedda f?r arbetsl?sa p? prostituerade, semesterresor och lyxiga fester. Lombardo sj?lv ?r i r?tteg?ng f?r maffian aff?rer.
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Catanias tunnelbaneplaner g?r mycket snabbt, dagliga passeger i centrum visar att n?got nytt h?nt och det planeras att bygga en tunnelbana i Palermo ocks?. I v?stra Catania byggs en parkering d?r arbetsresande kan l?mna sin bil och ta den snabba busslinjen in till staden. Catania stad har lanserat tre snabba busslinjer som tar h?gst 15 minuter att n? centrum. De har sin egen fil.
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Catania har ocks? en ny borgm?stare som redan har godk?nt tv? stora planer p? att fr?scha upp staden, en ?r att g?ra Playa-omr?det till ett attraktivt turistm?l.

Shortly the basics of this society

Many times I get the question of how the sicilian society is. Well, of course there are general things that can explain the society, but it is also a changing island with the older people still holding on to old rules and beliefs, and young people who wants to break free. The fine line we can draw at my generation, those above are still much the old Sicily and the younger are more modern, also with a more positive view of their future and wonderful island.
I found this sign by a church and it explains very well the ground of the society, it is Jesus saying “I am the path, the truth and life….without me you can not do anything”. Well, the first part Jesus said but not the last part and those who do not read the Bible (have never met a catholic here that reads the Bible) believes the preasts words and think they are nothing without Jesus or someone else for that fact. These words are actually the basics of the sicilian society and effects it and peoples behaviour very much.

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M?nga g?nger f?r jag fr?gan om hur det sicilianska samh?llet ?r. Jo, naturligtvis finns det generella saker som kan f?rklara samh?llet, men det ?r ocks? en f?r?nderlig ? med ?ldre m?nniskor som fortfarande h?ller fast vid gamla regler och tro, och de unga m?nniskorna som vill frig?ra sig. Den fina linjen kan vi kan dra vid min generation, de ovan ?r fortfarande det gamla Sicilien och den yngre ?r mer modern, ocks? med en mer positiv syn p? sin framtid och deras underbara ?.
Jag hittade denna skylt vid en kyrka och den f?rklarar mycket v?l grunden i samh?llet, det ?r Jesus som s?ger Jag ?r v?gen, sanningen och livet …. utan mig kan ni inte g?ra n?gonting. Jo, Jesus sade den f?rsta delen, men inte den sista och de som inte l?ser Bibeln (har aldrig tr?ffat en katolik h?r som l?ser Bibeln) tror p? pr?stens ord och tror att de ?r ingenting utan Jesus eller n?gon annan f?r den delen. Dessa ord ?r faktiskt grunderna i det sicilianska samh?llet och p?verkar det och folks beteende v?ldigt mycket.

Pic Of The Week: North coast view from Taormina

Contrast with a free thinker and religious territory

Some christian group has built an open church tent quite close to where I live and yesterday the priest was preaching that God will punish those who “live in lusts in life” like eating too much and sexual desires. Amen and Halleluja! And there I was in bed with 3 litres of ice cream watching Sex And The City. The contrast was hilarious! :))
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En kristen grupp har byggt ett ?ppet kyrkt?lt ganska n?ra d?r jag bor och ig?r predikade pr?sten att Gud kommer att straffa dem som lever i lustar i livet som att ?ta f?r mycket och sexuella beg?r. Amen och Halleluja! Och d?r var jag i s?ngen med 3 liter glass tittandes p? Sex and the City. Kontrasten var mycket lustig! :))


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