I’m sorry to report that the summer of 2012 here in Sicily, Italy is kinda slow.
Usually there are summer festivals, concerts and Sagras happening around the place. (A sagra being a free food festival where you can go and eat a free meal based on fresh local produce, there are sagras dedicated to everything from salami, tomatoes, beer and mortadella, fried beans, hazelnuts, oranges or any other product you can think of.)
So we are here nearly halfway through the summer and I’ve only hear through the grapevine of two concerts of obscure Italian singers at Floresta, nothing being announced yet at our little town of Sinagra and more gravely still nothing at the usual social hive of Capo d’orlando. Capo is a wonderfully touristy beachside city which is usually a buzz with people in the summer but a few days spent at the beach this month has shown a real downturn in numbers (perhaps people are coming in August??)
It’s really noticeable how Italy has slipped into a recession. Australia went through a similar time in the early 90’s I recall but being a relatively stoic country, the Australian’s put up their inherited stiff British upper lip, tightened their belts and did whatever other blasé cliché was required to get through it. I’m afraid that Italy is getting depressed!
So these lazy summer daze are passing by rather uneventfully. Here’s hoping I find something to do, it’s a shame to waste the summer twiddling my thumbs. Oh well I guess I can watch some Olympic action in the next few days, I’m raring to see that opening ceremony!!
The unwilling expat