We may have arrived when it still feels like the end of Winter and our European neighbors as well as Medford are experiencing snow but here in the south west corner of Sicily we are getting a wet and cold end to February but I’m hopeful of a bright and warm Spring around the corner.
It’s so lovely to be back here and see my parents after exactly a year of being abroad in Oregon. Luke is here with me and we are working on our small town house in the center of Cianciana. We’re lucky to have our friend Jonty visiting. He’s been in Sicily for almost 2 months working on my Dad’s countryside property and helping with pruning all the olive trees. He’s been a great help and was such a trooper getting here…bike-riding all the way from Catania on the east-coast to Cianciana!
Luke is getting right into renovating; today he started painting pallets that we rescued from the Supermarket to recycle and form a couch out of and potentially other various bits of furniture and creative projects whilst also fighting a cold, poor thing! It’s definitely taken me the first week to get into the groove of renovating and feeling like I’m actually ‘here’. With the jet lag and such a change of scenery it’s always an adjustment and transition phase and it’s amazing to think what we’ve already accomplished in less than two weeks of being here!
I’m looking forward to the weather warming up and seeing more sunny days, but I’m also grateful for the wet weather to keep the landscape greener longer and keep the wild fires at bay. Winter here in Sicily is really mild compared to so many other places so there’s nothing to complain about. It is interesting just how much a lack of sun can affect you’re energy levels and outlook. But it’s quickly remedied by the warm and delicious food and passionate culture.
Reconnecting with everyone slowly but inevitably, being such a small town and finding myself organizing things like getting internet installed and various other workers to come to our place to get final finishing in place…like a staircase to get up to our ‘loft’ where we’ve decided to make our bedroom…it’s all a big learning curve of which I’m grateful for the lifelong lesson it has and will teach Luke and I as we continue to hopefully renovate and make ourselves at home here and maybe other places around the world….vediamo ~ we’ll see 😉
So lucky that I arrived in time to see the man that the film “Patch Adams” is based on at one of the most beautiful theaters I’ve ever scene – ‘Teatro Pirandello’ in Agrigento. Kindly invited by the son of our friends two nights ago we witnessed the grandeur and life story of the incredible “Hunter Doherty “Patch” Adams. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patch_Adams
I couldn’t help but start a ripples of applause and heckling with support at almost everything he said and I literally had the upper hand by being seated in the balcony and hearing his story first in English before it was translated. I need to take a moment to honour the translator, she did such an incredible job. She was incredibly grounded and so accurate with her translation that it blew us away. If my Italian ever got good enough I’d love to try it one day. I really encourage you to read up and get inspired by Patch, he really got everybody in the audience thinking and waved the might flag of LOVE!
Looking forward to setting up our home in the coming weeks and receiving guests as the year goes on and seeing Luke explore the island through the lens of his camera. Just had our lovely plumber drop by with some wild asparagus, made an appointment with him tomorrow to move our water tank at our place and get educated on the whole hot water system, I’ve embarked on researching the ‘permesso di soggiorno’ application for Luke and reminding myself that not everything happens overnight especially on Italian time. But I love that about Italy it teaches you to accept the inevitable and be unaffected by things when they don’t happen when you expect them to. It’s a great lesson in patience and a reminder that we don’t have to always have instant gratification, in fact I think it helps reprogram you to realize that we don’t have to live that way. ♥️✌🏼🇮🇹 Forza Sicilia!
Check out Luke’s latest video of our time in Vancouver, BC before we came to Sicily.