Monday, February 20
Living in a place like this is great but has its disasvantages.Like the steps. Carrying 2 or 3 heavy shopping bags and a tired toddler down half a mountain isn't much fun. Another thing is the lack of privacy. All the houses look onto each other and probably every house has a pair of binoculars by the window. Everyone knows each other and it is 'obligatory' to "salute" people you know whenever you see them. This makes it hard to have a conversation when you're going somewhere due to constant interruptions of "ciao" and "dove vai?" (where are you going).
Walking down the steps with Skye one day we passed some women chatting. "Skye, dove vai?" asked one woman (who I don't know). Being only 2 she didn't answer. "What a rude child, look, she didn't answer me" the hag said to her cronies. I explained, "Signora, I have taught my daughter not to reply to 'dove vai' because where I come from it is considered rude to poke your nose in other peoples business. I don't know you or even your name, yet you expect me to inform you on where I am going. Does it seem normal, for example, to inform a complete stranger of a visit to the gynacologist?
Needless to say she has never spoken to me again!
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