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Those Fimmine

Everytime I see underwear drying I can’t help thinking about a female neighbor in Catania who asked me not to dry my underwear on my balcony as her husband could see them. I lived on the fourth floor and they on the third cross the street. How he could see them must be climbing on the roof and watch inside my home.

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Varje g?ng jag ser underkl?der torka utomhus kan jag inte l?ta bli att t?nka p? en kvinnlig granne i Catania som bad mig att inte torka mina underkl?der p? min balkong eftersom hennes man kunde se dem. Jag bodde p? fj?rde v?ningen och de p? den tredje p? andra sidan gatan. Hur han kunde se dem m?ste han ha kl?ttra upp p? taket och tittat in i mitt hem.

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.

Sicilian sayings on the wall

Sicilian sayings are often in a more negative manner, but makes you laugh. Here one on the wall in Taormina saying Life is like a Christmas tree, always someone breaking the balls.

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Sicilianska uttalanden ?r ofta p? ett mer negativt s?tt, men f?r dig att skratta. H?r en p? v?ggen i Taormina som s?ger Livet ?r som ett julgran, alltid n?gon som krossar kulorna.lia

Taormina Door

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When a child is born

The Sicilian tradition when a child is born, is to mark the front door with a decoration that tells the whole city and village that the house has a new born baby. If the decoration is pink, then a girl is born. If the decoration is blue, a boy is born.

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Den sicilianska traditionen n?r ett barn ?r f?dd ?r att markera ytterd?rren med en dekoration som ber?ttar f?r hela staden och byn att huset har en nyf?dd bebis. Om dekorationen ?r rosa, d? ?r en tjej f?dd. Om dekorationen ?r bl?, ?r en pojke f?dd.

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writings on the wall – sicilian love messages

I had finished my reasons for smiling…
…then you arrived!!
You are my most beautiful smile
in the middle of all this mess!!

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Jag hade inga fler sk?l f?r att le…
…och sedan kom du!!
Du ?r mitt vackraste leende
mitt i all denna r?ra!!

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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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Are Sicilians religious?

In public opinion I live in a very religious area, a catholic area. But in real life, are sicilians religious? My immediate reaction is No! By heart no, but by presence yes. This meaning that most people here are very much involved with church activities by masses, choir singing, sports, christmas activities like Presepe Vivente (living Joseph, Maria and bady Jesus in stable), spreading palm leaves for Easter and so on. Church is also a meeting point for many house wives and if you get married most people still chooses church wedding by tradition, even if civil marriages are increasing. Children are baptized because it is still something you do. Catholism is teached at school and in every public office, post, police, municipalities, hospitals ecc, you find a cross. People even have pictures of saints in their car to protect them in traffic, Padre Pio, but then you see children jump in the car, using no seat belts, in 140 km/hour. You find statues of Holy Mary in many house corners and walls and every city celebrates its own saint.

By heart sicilians are not in general religious. Most do not follow Jesus foot steps and cities like Catania is rated as a city where most people cheat on their partner…in whole Italy. I have in ten years met one true catholic who was also a priest. He had the respect for atheists and was very frank on church traditions admitting that many of them are just traditions and nothing to do with christianity. But he lived as much as he could following Jesus foot steps. He seemed to have peace in his heart and was an amazing person. By personal experience I have met people who uses religion when it suits them, in my case often to shame me. Women who shame me not being married and having kids (often the older generation) or when religious days come and most end in euphoria they often ask How I can cope with life not being part of these traditions, it must be lonely? Some even shaming me having my family far away.

There are som religious expressions used in life happenings like Santo Cielo! = Oh My God! that with direct translation would be Holy Sky!, or Porca Eva! / Porco Guida! = God Damn! that with direct translation is Shitty Eva! / Shitty Judas!, meaning when something is really bad and by Bible stories we learn that Eva deceived Adam and Judas deceived Jesus.

Just because Sicily is known to be a religious area does not mean you find more morality here or honesty. I would say it is the opposite. Sicily still has very much Omerta and things You Do Not Talk About. Cheating, lying, frauds, violence is a much present here as anywhere else. Religion seems to be for many a gate-way to have in reserve if…. Things are though changing fast in Italy as the church complains that they have fever priests and churches are empty (article 28 Marzo 2017, in italian) . Most people around me whispers they are atheists or fascinated bu buddism, but go to church the most important days to please their mother or for the beautiful traditions. Generation gap.

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I den allm?nna opinionen bor jag i ett mycket religi?st omr?de, ett katolskt omr?de. Men i verkligheten ?r sicilianare religi?sa? Min omedelbara reaktion ?r Nej! Av hj?rtat nej, men genom n?rvaro ja. Det inneb?r att de flesta m?nniskor h?r ?r mycket engagerade i kyrkans aktiviteter med m?ssor, k?rs?ng, sport, julaktiviteter som Presepe Vivente (levande Josef, Maria och Baby Jesus i stall), sprida palmblad till p?sk och s? vidare. Kyrkan ?r ocks? en m?tesplats f?r m?nga hemmafruar och om du gifter dig v?ljer de flesta fortfarande kyrkbr?llop enligt tradition, ?ven om de civila ?ktenskapen ?kar. Barn d?ps f?r att det fortfarande ?r n?got du g?r. Katolismen l?rs i skolan och i alla offentliga lokaler, post, polis, kommuner, sjukhus ecc hittar du ett kors. M?nniskor har ?ven bilder av helgon i sin bil f?r att skydda dem i trafiken, Padre Pio, men sen ser du att barn hoppar i bilen, utan bilb?lten, i 140 km / timmen. Du hittar statyer av Heliga Maria i m?nga hush?rn och v?ggar, och varje stad firar sin egen helgon vilket ofta ?r stadens h?jdpunkt.

I hj?rtat ?r inte sicilianare i allm?nhet religi?sa. De flesta f?ljer inte Jesus fotsteg, och t.ex. Catania ?r rankad som den stad d?r de flesta ?r otrogna mot sin partner … i hela Italien. Jag har under tio ?r tr?ffat en sann katolik som ocks? var pr?st. Han hade respekt f?r ateister och var mycket uppriktig om kyrkans traditioner och medgav att m?nga av dem bara ?r traditioner och inget att g?ra med kristendomen. Men han levde s? mycket som han kunde f?ljandes Jesu fotsteg. Han verkade ha fred i sitt hj?rta och var en fantastisk person. Genom personlig erfarenhet har jag tr?ffat m?nniskor som anv?nder religion n?r det passar dem, i mitt fall ofta f?r att sk?mma mig. Kvinnor som sk?mmer p? mig att jag inte ?r gift och har barn (ofta den ?ldre generationen) eller n?r religi?sa dagar kommer och de flesta hamnar i eufori, fr?gar de ofta hur jag kan hantera livet, inte vara en del av dessa traditioner, det m?ste vara ensamt? N?gra sk?mmer mig ?ven f?r att ha min familj l?ngt borta.

Det finns som religi?sa uttryck som anv?nds i livets h?ndelser som Santo Cielo! = Herregud!, med direkt ?vers?ttning skulle vara Helig Himmel!, eller Porca Eva! / Porco Guida! = Helvetes Fan!, med direkt ?vers?ttning ?r Gris Eva! / Gris Judas!, Vilket betyder n?r n?got ?r riktigt d?ligt, via bibeln ber?ttas att Eva lurade Adam och Judas bedrog Jesus.

Bara f?r att Sicilien ?r k?nt att vara ett religi?st omr?de betyder inte att du hittar mer moral h?r eller ?rlighet. Jag skulle s?ga att det ?r motsatsen. Sicilien har fortfarande mycket Omerta och saker du inte pratar om. Fusk, l?gn, bedr?geri, v?ld ?r lika mycket n?rvarande h?r som n?gon annanstans. Religion verkar vara f?r m?nga en gate-way att ha i reserv om …. Saker f?r?ndras ?nd? snabbt i Italien, eftersom kyrkan klagar p? att de har f?rre pr?ster och kyrkorna ?r tomma (artikel 28 Marzo 2017, p? italienska). De flesta runt omkring mig viskar att de ?r ateister eller fascinerade av buddism, men g?r till kyrkan de viktigaste dagarna f?r att behaga sin mamma eller f?r de vackra traditionerna. Generationsgap.

Bellini Awards in Catania – Teatro Vincenzo Bellini

The Bellini Awards is one of the most important events on this side of Sicily as sicilians who has done a remarkable work gets awarded for their achievements. Young artists, new and well known designers, national and international actresses and actors, and also people who somehow in their professional field has put Sicily on the world map, like this night a internationally known knee surgeon and scientist.

The Vincenzo Bellini Theatre is one of the most beautiful theatres in the world and located in Catania. It is said to have the best acoustics in Europe.

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Bellini Priset ?r en av de viktigaste h?ndelserna p? denna sidan av Sicilien d? sicilianare som via sitt anm?rkningsv?rda arbete blir tilldelade priser f?r sina prestationer. Unga konstn?rer, nya och v?lk?nda designers, nationella och internationella sk?despelerskor och akt?rer, och ?ven personer som p? n?got s?tt inom sitt yrkesomr?de har lagt Sicilien p? v?rldskartan, som denna kv?ll en internationellt k?nd kn?kirurg och forskare.

Vincenzo Bellini Teatern ?r en av de vackraste teatrarna i v?rlden och ligger i Catania. Det s?gs ha den b?sta akustiken i Europa.
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Sicilians and their names

Sicilians correct you if you do not pronounce their names correctly, and some can even be offended if you do not remember their names. This is a constant battle for me as I meet so much people and do not remember names if I do not meet them soon again. But to the contrary they are allowed to forget your name. It is easier to remember mens names as they are often named by a saint; Giorgio, Giovanni, Salvatore ecc.

In this dinner they got close enough with my last name (correct is Siljehagen). Do note I have been working with them for two years! I am not that picky. I get called Jo Svedese (Jo Swedish), Giovanna, Jo, Sili, Siri, Miss, Giovanna Finlandese (Giovanna Finnish) yes some suppliers has me registered like that as mail contact. When sicilians do not remember the other persons name they get a easy pass by calling that person Gioia (Joy) or Tesoro (Treasure).
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Sicilianare r?ttar dig om du inte uttalar deras namn korrekt, och vissa kan ?ven bli f?rol?mpade om du inte kommer ih?g deras namn. Detta ?r en st?ndig kamp f?r mig eftersom jag tr?ffar s? mycket folk och inte kommer ih?g namn om jag inte tr?ffar dem snart igen. Men motsatsen ?r att de f?r gl?mma ditt namn. Det ?r enklare att komma ih?g m?nnens namn d? de ofta har namn efter ett helgon; Giorgio, Giovanni, Salvatore ecc.

P? denna middag kom de n?ra nog med mitt efternamn (korrekt ?r Siljehagen). Notera att jag har arbetat med dem i tv? ?r! Jag ?r inte s? kr?sen. Jag kallas Jo Svedese (Svenska Jo), Giovanna, Jo, Sili, Siri, Miss, Giovanna finlandese (finska Giovanna) ja vissa leverant?rer har mig registrerat s? som e-postkontakt. N?r sicilianare inte kommer ih?g andra personens namn kommer de enkelt undan genom att kalla den personen Gioia (Gl?dje) eller Tesoro (Skatt).

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Restaurant: Niclodi, Taormina

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