Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I'm back in town!

I'm back! I have been back in Sicily for a month, but frankly, I did not have a thing to write about because I didn't do anything. That was mostly because of the heat, which was in the 90s and even 100s almost every day, and work, which always gets in the way of fun.

The heat isn't the problem as much as the sun. I've developed a nasty sun allergy since I moved here and have to pretty much stay out of it between 10-2 and cover up or use extreme sunblock all the time. I wasn't very careful, so I did have some itchy blisters and re-learned my lesson. The heat itself is very dry, very low humidty, which was a nice change from the USA. It was dry as dust here . . . lots of dust, dust everywhere, grass all burnt out. It's very dehydrating . . . one could shrivel up and become a sun-dried tomato in no time at all. See Repeat above, trying to stay cool.

Finally it cooled off with a shocking, damaging hailstorm that dented my car and caused a swath of damage over the volcano and down to the sea. The hail was huge (see photo above)! The town of Pedara, neighbor to Nicolosi, seemed to get the worst of it--broken car windows, street lights, rooftiles. My friend Rose said that most Sicilians she knows do not have insurance for that kind of thing, either. That sounds very Sicilian. Luckily, she did, because the hail put some holes right through a fiberglass overhang on her house! Crazy weather but now it's cooled off.


At September 18, 2008 7:38 PM, Blogger Liquidflavor said...

welcome back! Looking forward to reading about Sicily since I can't be there myself :( Has the school year started yet for you?

Thanks for the earlier blog comment.

At September 19, 2008 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello from the Netherlands... I found your blog via Ms. Adventures in Italy and have thoroughly enjoyed reading about your life in Sicily. We are flying into Catania tomorrow, renting a car, and going to explore the island for 2 weeks. I've picked up lots of useful tips from you! Thanks, Ange

At September 21, 2008 6:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back! I discovered your blog this summer and have thoroughly enjoyed reading about your experience in Sicily. I haven't made it through all of your posts yet, but I'm getting there. As a adult military brat of Sicilian heritage, I so envy your experience. How fortunate you are to have the opportunity, heat, hail and all! My family is from the west central part of the island, Santo Stefano Quisquina, and I have many cousins living there. I've met some of them and continue to keep in contact. Unfortunately, they are not connected to the internet, so we either correspond by snail mail or telephone.

Just thought I'd tell you how interesting your blog is for those of us who have connections to the island. Keep up the wonderful stories! Thanks from Doreen in Florida.

At September 22, 2008 11:32 AM, Blogger Aloha! said...

Welcome back! I enjoy your blog as well, it reminds me of our time at Sig (which we loved!) I look forward to reading more adventures in Italy!


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