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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!


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 !

Construction in a nutshell

P1130140Why put the light fixture just by the beam? And it is also placed in the middle of the living room so you can not have a hanging lamp there either! We have to move it.


Varf?r s?tta lamp uttaget precis vid balken? Och den ?r ocks? placerad i mitten av vardagsrummet s? att du inte kan ha en h?ngande taklampa d?r heller! Vi m?ste flytta den.

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!

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!

Catania Nightlife

Catania early nightlife yesterday. Catania has one of the best nightlife of all places I have been to. Street after street with bars and pubs and then many dancing places to choose from by the coastline during summer. Catania is also called the south Milano.
This is by the Piazza Teatro Bellini. Then just follow the crowd because the bar streets goes all the way to the area around Piazza Stesicoro.

Catanias tidiga nattliv ig?r. Catania har ett av de b?sta nattlivet av alla st?llen jag har varit p?. Gata efter gata med barer och pubar och sedan m?nga dansst?llen v?lja p? vid kusten under sommaren. Catania kallas ocks? det s?dra Milano.
Detta ?r vid Piazza Teatro Bellini. Sedan ?r det bara att f?lja folkmassan eftersom bargatorna g?r hela v?gen till omr?det kring Piazza Stesicoro.

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.



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.


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.


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.

Interview in Ecocide Daily and Swedish Metro

Ecocide Daily in English click here
Metro 20th June in Swedish, click here – Page 23. Photo is horrible, why did they choose that one? 🙂

If I die – I die cool!

Yesterday I ordered a home gym. I have been many times so close to death trying to work out on the streets of Catania, that I decided that I will not die the classic way, Jogger got hit by a car.
Got 20% discount and delivery next week.
Current mental situation: Walking around home missing Marina di Ragusa.

Ig?r best?llde jag ett hem gym. Jag har varit m?nga g?nger s? n?ra d?den att f?rs?ka jogga p? gatorna i Catania, s? jag best?mde att inte d? det klassiska s?ttet, Joggare blev p?k?rd av en bil.
Fick 20% rabatt och leverans n?sta vecka.
Nuvarande mentala situation: Promenerar runt hemma saknandes Marina di Ragusa.

Ordinary life observations

P? Sicilien k?nner jag mig trygg. Inte r?dd att g? ut p? kv?llen. Inte r?dd att n?gon ska bryta sig in. L?ser s?llan om civila misshandel p? gatorna och de bankr?nare som ?r i farten hittas oftast. Mycket imponerad ?ver att m?n som tar d?d p? sina fruar d?ms till l?nga f?ngelse straff, sist ut 35 ?r bakom galler och att inte dessa fall bara sopas under mattan som familjebr?k.

Brott preskriberas inte, gamla fall tas upp med ny teknik. Kvinnan i fruktaff?ren ler glatt och fr?gar Jahapp, s? du ?r p? morgontur idag. Inte eftermiddag?. S? van vid att ingen mig ser. Fortfarande ryggar jag mig tillbaka vid m?nga fr?gor och inte l?rt mig att de fr?gar av nyfikenhet inte f?r att vilja dig illa eller ute efter annat. Odlare och producenter, deras v?nner som ger kontaker, information f?r de vill hj?lpa en. Det tar tid innan de litar p? dig, men n?r de g?r det, ta v?l vara p? det.

Signorina, signorina…il scontrino…! Ropar mannen fr?n br?dbutiken. Jag beh?ver inte kvittot! Men m?ste?ta den om finans polisen r?kar kontrollera mitt ink?p och g?r jag utan kvitto,?hamnar handlaren i trubbel.

P? n?got s?tt f?r jag intrycket att som medm?nniska ?r man mer v?rd h?r.

Eng: In Sicily, I feel safe. Not afraid to go out at night. Not afraid that someone will break into my home. Rarely read about civil assault on the streets and the bank robbers who are on the move?are usually found. Very impressed that men who kill their wives are sentenced to long prison sentences, the last 35 years behind bars and not that these cases?are just?swept under the carpet as a family brawl.

Crime?are not prescribed, old cases are dealt with new technology. The woman in the fruit shop smiles cheerfully and asks Ah, so you’re on the morning tour?today. Not afternoon?. So accustomed to no one sees me. Still backing when?many?questions are asked?and not learned that they ask out of curiosity and not to want to hurt you or looking for other things. Growers and producers, their friends provides contacts and?information ’cause they want to help one. It takes time before they trust you, but when they do, take good care of it.

Signorina, Signorina … il scontrino …! Cried the man from the bread shop. I do not need the?receipt! But have to take it?if the financial police happen to check my purchase and I go without a receipt. It would end the retailer in trouble.

Somehow I get the impression that as a human being, you are worth more here.


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