As I wrote about it earlier (if you missed the previous chapter, read it HERE), the Sicilian lifestyle is really addictive. I needed only 1-2 days to come over my first surprised looks and take the loud family as a natural element of my day who are always around and make you believe that worrying doesn’t take you anywhere. I’m not saying that their lives are full of pink butterflies only as the southern part of Italy is one of the poorest regions with high rate of unemployment and (il)legal immigrants arriving from Africa stop there too seeking for help and shelter. However as they say „futtitini” which means: do not worry, everything will be sorted out. And I believe them.
It’s cloudy and we need to take some pictures? Don’t worry, tomorrow it will be a beautiful and sunny day! Your eyes got red because of the salty sea water? Don’t worry, Nella brings you her magical eye drops which help to ease the pain. Got a bit sunburnt on your shoulder? No worries, just take some leaves of the aloe vera bush in the garden and its liquid will help your skin. Somehow it seems to me that these people have solutions for every problem and the secret is their attitude. They do not let problems overwhelm their days as there is no time for worrying. In case they get angry or stressed that lasts only for a few minutes, they let it out of their system with loud and intensive shouting (like the mamma next to me, arguing with her son) but it passes just as quickly as the summer storms. And no hard feelings towards each other afterwards.
I tried to soak in as much as possible from their positive attitude and spent a lot of time on the beach as the sea for me is the perfect remedy. The rumble of the sea, the smell of the salty water all seem to wash away all my worries. One day we even woke up at dawn to drive to the beach and watch as the golden sun comes up on the horizone. It was a magical experience: just me, the sea and the sun. Oh and a stray cat who decided to give me some company. They are quite common, wandering on the streets but don’t you worry, Sicilians take care about them with some delicious food. I grabbed my iPad to put down in words which seemed an impossible challenge: all the feelings and thoughts overwhelming me in those happy moments. I wanted to preserve these feelings and to tell you the secret: there is a place in Europe where you can learn and improve the dolce vita positive attitude. And this place is called Sicily.
Dress, cardigan: Tchibo
Photo: Marco Di Giovanni